Hayao Miyazaki and the Art of Being a Woman—Gabrielle Bellot reveals how the Japanese director’s stereotype-defying female characters helped her understand her own identity as a trans woman.
The Charged Protest of the Swet Shop Boys—Arnav Adhikari analyzes how Cashmere, the debut album by the transatlantic rap group, uses satire to voice the anxieties of a South Asian diaspora.
Tupac, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode Among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees—Spencer Kornhaber makes sense of this year’s nominees for the class of 2017, which will raise perennial questions about the inclusion of hip-hop and electronic music.
The Deadly Certainty of Leonard Cohen—Spencer Kornhaber ruminates on the legendary songwriter’s 14th album, where he takes on questions of God and mortality.
Lady Gaga’s Joanne Has More Gimmicks Than Guts—Spencer Kornhaber explores the flaws of the pop star’s “personal” comeback album.
Why Stephen Colbert Isn’t Connecting—David Sims explains why the Late Show host, known for his sharp political comedy, has fallen flat in his first year on the talk show.
The Easy Political Escapism of Graves—David Sims watches the disappointing new Epix comedy that imagines a former Republican president deciding to atone for his sins in office.