The Atlantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment

A worker removes the plastic from a mirror on the floor ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in 2012. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)

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The Image in the Age of Pseudo-RealityMegan Garber meditates on the prophetic connections between Daniel Boorstin’s 1962 classic book on fame, celebrity, and America’s relationship to facts, and the current political climate.

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Manchester by the Sea Is a Stunning Meditation on GriefDavid Sims lauds the moving new family drama directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck.

Allied Is an Old Hollywood RarityDavid Sims talks to the director Robert Zemeckis about his latest movie and the nostalgia for an era of original filmmaking.

Jackie Enters a First Lady’s Worst NightmareDavid Sims reviews the compassionate, vivid new film starring Natalie Portman, who plays Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination.

Always Shine’s Sobering Female RivalryDavid Sims chats with the actress Mackenzie Davis about her new film’s portrayal of complex friendships between women.

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Trevor Noah Finds His Late-Night VoiceDavid Sims argues that the Daily Show host may have hit a new stride during his challenging interview with the conservative pundit Tomi Lahren.

Turns Out, Rory Gilmore Is Not a Good JournalistMegan Garber suggests a few reasons why the the iconic show’s younger star had her article spiked by The Atlantic.

In Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah Remini Strikes BackSophie Gilbert reviews the new A&E series in which the actress and former Church devotee takes aim at its practices.

The Fault in Stars HollowMegan Garber explains why Gilmore Girls, despite all its charm, may not be very welcoming to outsiders.

Tom Brady, Sociologist of ReligionEmma Green examines what a new documentary series from the quarterback, Michael Strahan, and Gotham Chopra reveals about the deep connections between sport and faith.

Incorporated Is a Timely New Drama About Corporations Gone WildSophie Gilbert indicates why the new dystopian Syfy show, produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, is particularly relevant today.

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The Re-Flowering: Charles Lloyd’s Second Golden AgeDavid Graham dives into the jazz saxophonist’s journey from pop-stardom in the 1960s to self-imposed exile to his recent return with a glorious new album.

The Hamilton Mixtape, a Love Letter to a Love StorySpencer Kornhaber listens to the new, star-studded album inspired by the hit Broadway musical.

A Podcast of Their Own for Women in MusicDesiré Moses discusses Reversal of the Muse, a new series by British singer Laura Marling that explores the intersection of gender and creativity.

The Anxiety of a StarboySpencer Kornhaber unpacks the Weeknd’s slick, ’80s-inspired new album.

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An Updated Company for an Era of Single WomenSophie Gilbert weighs in on an upcoming production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, which could make an old show sharply relevant.

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Art & Design

How Gold Went From Godly to GaudyKimberly Chrisman-Campbell traces the obsession with the opulent metal in popular culture, from Louis XIV of France to Elvis and Donald Trump.

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The Pirelli Calendar Shows Fashion Trying to Catch UpSophie Gilbert explains how, in celebrating actresses shot without makeup, the artistic institution is jumping on a bandwagon rather than taking a brave stand.