The Atlantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Have a Woman’s Shoe Emoji That Isn’t a Red Stiletto?Megan Garber reports on Florie Hutchinson’s effort to create a new emoji for flats.

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World Series Hopes Ride on a Pair of AcesRobert O’Connell states that despite sluggers aplenty on Houston and Los Angeles, each club’s title chances hinge on the pitching prowess of Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.

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The Square Is a Masterful Symphony of DiscomfortDavid Sims watches Ruben Östlund’s cutting satire of the Swedish art world.

The Alien Majesty of Kubrick’s Barry LyndonDavid Sims emphasizes that a new Criterion Collection release of the 1975 period piece highlights just how unique the director’s vision of the past was.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Is a Dark Twist on a Greek MythDavid Sims reviews Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film, in which the director of The Lobster reunites with Colin Farrell for an even stranger tale.

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How The Good Place Goes Beyond ‘The Trolley Problem’Elizabeth Yuko says that the terrific NBC sitcom continues to explore ethics without sacrificing complexity or humor in Season 2.

The Walking Dead Staggers On for Another YearDavid Sims believes that the show’s eighth-season effort to take down its tiresome super-villain might be too little, too late.

The Darkness of Stranger Things 2Sophie Gilbert previews the new season of the breakout Netflix show as it takes a turn toward horror.



George Michael, Through George Michael’s EyesSpencer Kornhaber thinks the late singer’s autobiographical documentary conveys a man in charge of his own narrative, and reticent to reveal all.

Fats Domino: Remembering a Rock and Roll PioneerDavid A. Graham eulogizes the pianist and singer, who died at 98, as one of the few remaining links to the era when jazz, blues, boogie, and R&B were melding to form a new genre.

Kelly Clarkson’s Retro, Uplifting Dream of UnitySpencer Kornhaber listens to the singer’s soul-influenced new album, which comes at a time when the notion of an idol for all of America seem quixotic.

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Harvey Weinstein and the Economics of ConsentBrit Marling writes that the blunt power of the gatekeeper is the ability to enforce not just artistic, but also financial, exile.

Harvey Weinstein’s Statements Have Taken a Striking TurnMegan Garber traces the mogul’s words, from denials to apologies to claiming “a different recollection of the events.”

The ‘Harvey Effect’ Takes Down Leon Wieseltier’s MagazineAdrienne LaFrance digs into the news that the legendary intellectual’s fledgling publication, set to launch this month, is being suspended amid allegations of past workplace misconduct.

Leon Wieseltier: A ReckoningMichelle Cottle talks to women who once worked at The New Republic about their experiences with the literary editor, who is now facing allegations of workplace “misconduct.”

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What If Women Had The Power?Sophie Gilbert reads a stunning new speculative-fiction novel by Naomi Alderman that couldn’t be more timely.

Cujo’s Unexpected Lesson About Parenting and ArtJoe Fassler chats with the comedian and write John Hodgman about what Stephen King’s 1981 horror novel taught him about risking mistakes in storytelling and fatherhood.