The Atlantic's Week in Culture
A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment
The Original ‘Nasty Woman’—Elizabeth Johnston traces the surprisingly deep-rooted connections between classical depictions of Medusa, and the prevalent sexism of this election cycle.
Leonard Cohen’s Dark Wisdom—Spencer Kornhaber remembers the late singer’s unflinching worldview and pressingly relevant lyrical genius.
Hillary Clinton’s Final Rock-Star Blitz—Spencer Kornhaber unpacks the final days of the Democratic candidate’s campaign, which saw the biggest names in music come out in support.
The Epic Intimacy of Arrival—Christopher Orr praises the alien-contact film starring Amy Adams as the best movie of the year.
The World Doesn’t Want Hollywood Comedies—David Sims analyzes global trends and the fate of funny films as the industry prioritizes big-budget action movies for international success.
A War Movie That’s Hard to Watch for the Wrong Reasons—David Sims argues that Ang Lee’s use of advanced technology in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk proves too distracting to work.
The Best Show That Explores Sexual Assault—Laura Bogart illustrates how Rectify, now in its fourth and final season, offers the most nuanced portrayal of a subject often sensationalized on television.
Will Trump Help Make The Daily Show Great Again?—Megan Garber explains why Trevor Noah may find his breakout moment during the Republican’s presidency.
Jon Stewart’s Election-Eve Cameo Was a Dud—David Sims laments the former Daily Show host’s uninspiring appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Samantha Bee Makes the Case for Clinton—Megan Garber recaps the Full Frontal host’s election-eve segment, which made a feminist argument for the Democratic candidate.
The Fascinating, Maddening End of The Fall—Sophie Gilbert reviews the Netflix show’s intriguing and frustrating third season.
Seth Meyer’s Promise to Donald Trump—David Sims contemplates the Late Night host’s humble, sad, and ultimately resonant look at what the future may hold.
Even Comedy Is Getting Serious About the Election—Megan Garber examines SNL’s final cold open before the election when the show abandoned satire in favor of an earnest plea to get out the vote.
How Stephen Colbert Tried to Process Trump’s Victory—David Sims explains how the late-night host’s live election special was an indicator of the cultural moment the country is entering.
Still Poetry, Will Rise—Megan Garber talks to the editor of Poetry magazine to understand why so many people are seeking solace in verse in the aftermath of the election.
Donald Trump’s Dystopias—Sophie Gilbert explores how writers have taken to speculative fiction to make sense of a future with the new president-elect at the helm.
The Poetry of CNN’s Election-Day Chyrons—Megan Garber weaves together a sampling of the news network’s hilarious captions.
Clinton Concedes; Pundits Decide She’s ‘Emotional’—Megan Garber tackles CNN’s gendered descriptions and expectations of the Democratic candidate’s powerful concession speech.
A Podcast Listener’s Guide to the 2016 Election—Matt Thompson provides an extensive list of the best audio tools, both closely and loosely related to the presidential race.
Inside D.C.’s Donald Trump-Themed Speakeasy—Megan Garber adventures to a bar serving cocktails inspired by (and satirizing) the president-elect.