The Atlantic’s Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment

A print showing Captain John Smith, head on stone, with Pocahontas leaning over him, preventing Opechancanough from striking him with a metal weapon.
A print showing Captain John Smith, head on stone, with Pocahontas leaning over him, preventing Opechancanough from striking him with a metal weapon.  (Library of Congress)

Don’t Miss

The Enduring Legacy of the Pocahontas MythGregory D. Smithers delves into the history of misperceptions of the Native American icon, which continue to shape the cultural image of indigenous peoples today.

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Remembering Chuck BerryDavid A. Graham looks back on the career of the rock ’n’ roll pioneer, who died at the age of 90.

More Life Is Another Smart Career Swerve for DrakeSpencer Kornhaber parses the significance of why the Toronto rapper’s new music is called a “playlist” rather than an “album.”

Kendrick Lamar Will Battle Until the ApocalypseSpencer Kornhaber unpacks the Compton rapper’s newest song  “The Heart Part 4,” which hints at a fourth album and also takes aim at rivals.

Drake’s Playful More Life and the Limits of AmbitionSpencer Kornhaber listens to the rapper’s latest, globe-spanning project.

The Timely Comforts of Craig Finn’s We All Want the Same ThingsSpencer Kornhaber reviews the Hold Steady singer’s new album.



Sympathy for the Con ManEmily Harnett examines the evolution of the trickster figure in American pop culture from the 1840s to contemporary TV shows and movies.

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T2 Trainspotting: Older, Scarcely WiserChristopher Orr revels in the nostalgia of the new sequel to Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic.

Netflix Believes in the Power of ThumbsDavid Sims weighs in on the streaming service’s new ratings method, which ditches the five-star system.

‘It’s a Homecoming Film’: Danny Boyle on T2 TrainspottingChristopher Orr chats with the English director about his new movie, the original cult classic, and Brexit.

Daniel Clowes on Creating Wilson and Translating Him to ScreenDavid Sims talks to the legendary cartoonist about turning one of his most irascible protagonists into someone who could be the hero of his own film.

Power Rangers Is Exactly as Silly as It’s Supposed to BeDavid Sims notes that the big-budget reboot of the ’90s kids TV show never takes itself too seriously.

Life Is a Fun and Scary Creature Feature in SpaceDavid Sims watches the new horror film from Daniel Espinosa starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds.

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When a Writer’s Great Freedom Lies in ConstraintJoe Fassler talks to the memoirist Melissa Febos about an Annie Dillard story that helped refocus her life after overcoming addiction.



The Ethical Minefield of Missing Richard SimmonsSophie Gilbert considers the dangerous intrusiveness of the hit new podcast.

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Selling What They PreachMegan Garber analyzes a trend in brands like Amazon and Starbucks that are making claims not just about what people should buy, but about what people should be.

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Video Games

Mass Effect: Andromeda Is More About Choice Than StoryDavid Sims plays the latest entry in the beloved video-game series.

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March Madness, Plus Future NBA StardomRobert O’Connell explains how the men's NCAA tournament offers the broader public an early look at likely professional draftees.