The Holdovers and Christmas Hope

Alexander Payne’s latest film proclaims the chance of finding rest even amidst our deepest sorrows.

Don’t Lose the Arc of Indiana Jones

We see a gradual but discernible arc in the character of Indiana Jones, from self-seeking adventurer to self-sacrificial friend and family man.

The Scandal of Reading 34 | Daniel Nayeri on Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Daniel Nayeri joines Jessica to talk about Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.

Nat Segaloff’s The Exorcist Legacy Explores the Magic of William Friedkin’s Iconic Film

Segaloff is in a unique position to bring all of this material together for people who cherish the original film not simply as a cinematic rite of passage for thrillseekers, but also as a genuine work of art.

Reflections on Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis”

Waits’ inimitable barroom baritone paints a vivid picture of a lonely soul living at the edge of Christmas.

The Scandal of Reading 33 | S. D. Smith on Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Claude Atcho interviews S.D. Smith, who shares his perspective on Paton’s work having firsthand experience of life in South Africa.

Grace Amid Suffering in Martin Scorcese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

To call Martin Scorcese’s latest a masterpiece is merely to note that it’s yet another amid a career scattered with masterpieces.

Laufey’s Jazz Album Bewitched and the Sublime of Falling in Love

Laufey’s album is a call to be once again enchanted by the beauty of love in a disenchanted world.