The Atlantic's Week in Culture

Rube Marquard, a pitcher for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Robins, pictured in 1916.Library of Congress

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When Baseball Players Were Vaudeville StarsElizabeth Yuko delves into the fascinating history of athletes who took to performing on stage to make ends meet during the off-season.



Your Name Is a Dazzling New Work of AnimeDavid Sims marvels at Makoto Shinkai’s breathtaking new film.

Colossal Is the Weirdest Monster Movie of the YearDavid Sims watches the bizarre new film starring Anne Hathaway.

Adult Swim


Rick and Morty’s ‘Surprise’ Season-Three LaunchLenika Cruz delights in the cult Adult Swim show’s highly anticipated return.

A Satisfying Finale for Big Little LiesChristopher Orr weighs in on the ending of the HBO limited series.

‘Donald Trump’ Gets a Comedy Central SeriesMegan Garber questions the nature of reality after the network announced a new show starring the impersonator Anthony Atamanuik.

Girls Crashes Back to EarthSophie Gilbert discusses how the HBO show is exploring the limits of storytelling as it nears its series finale.

Five Came Back and the Power of PropagandaDavid Sims reviews Netflix’s new three-part documentary series, which celebrates and analyzes the efforts of major Hollywood directors who depicted World War II.

Louis C.K.’s 2017 Is a Startling, Uncomfortable Return to FormDavid Sims believes that the comedian’s new Netflix special is his first in years to feel coherent and challenging.

Recommended Reading

S-Town, 13 Reasons Why, and Making Art Out of Self-DestructionSophie Gilbert explains how the podcast and Netflix show explore despair in remarkably different ways.

The Karmic Universe of Better Caul SaulSpencer Kornhaber talks to the co-creators of the AMC show about its ethics, pacing, and politics.

Dimension 404 Promises Sci-Fi With a TwistSophie Gilbert parses the underwhelming new Hulu show, which boasts an array of recognizable actors.



Father John Misty’s Pointlessness BluesSpencer Kornhaber listens to Pure Comedy, the singer’s tedious and nihilistic new album.

How Significant Is the Music Industry’s Rebound?Spencer Kornhaber analyzes what the upturn in profits in 2016, largely due to gains in streaming, really means.

Harry Styles Launches His Solo Career With a Preposterous Rock AnthemSpencer Kornhaber unpacks the former boy-bander’s new single, “Sign of the Times.”

National Gallery in Prague


How Should Art Address Human Rights?Jacoba Urist considers how artists like Ai Weiwei who call attention to victims of conflict and violence, can strike a balance between self-expression and respect for their subject.

Doug McLean


Colum McCann on the Terror of Facing the Blank PageJoe Fassler chats with the award-winning author about the poetry of Wendell Berry, and what it taught him about the importance of failure, as part of The Atlantic’s ongoing “By Heart” series.

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What Does the Chargers’ Move to Los Angeles Mean for the Padres?Hayley Glatter ponders over the fate of the baseball team as the only remaining major sports franchise in San Diego.