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A Common Theme For This Year’s Oscar-Nominated DocumentariesSarah Feldberg explores the films focused on the migrant crisis and Syrian conflict at this year’s Academy Awards.


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Books

The Politics of Retelling Norse MythologyLisa L. Hannett unpacks Neil Gaiman’s remarkable new book, which has triggered a debate about who owns pagan tales.

Simon & Schuster’s Completely Avoidable Milo Yiannopoulos DisasterSophie Gilbert criticizes the publisher’s delayed cancelling of the former Breitbart editor’s book deal.


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Theater

Escaped Alone Finds Comfort at the End of the WorldSophie Gilbert analyzes Caryl Churchill’s new play, which finds solace amid an apocalypse.


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Music

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Media

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Why Are They ‘Stars’?Megan Garber connects the history of why celebrities are considered celestial to Shakespeare, Chaucer, and movie cameras.

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