Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer and the Making of a New Tradition

With DAMN. and its accompanying Pulitzer, Kendrick Lamar has crossed a milestone, has set a precedent—has established a fresh tradition; hip-hop has entered a new phase.

What the Rise of Time Traveler “Confession” Videos Says About How We View Reality

The convenience of fake news (and current “time travel” stories) may have increased exponentially in recent years, but the tendency for wishful thinking to override our commitment to reality has always been with us.

At 30, The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa Still Hasn’t Grown Up

Surfer Rosa, the Pixies’ debut studio album, turned 30 this year, and it still doesn’t sound a day over 18.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and We Don’t Care)

We don’t just need this world to be improved; we need to see it broken and remade.

Grief Without Escape Clauses: How a Cartoon Is Helping Us Mourn the Parkland Shooting

If the heavenly reading of Guerra’s illustration is meant to supplant the intense pain it addresses, then it’s being misread.

Of Jordan Peterson and Cultural Action Heroes

We need to re-humanize our cultural villains and heroes.

No Laughing Matter: Funny Games and the Moral Implications of Our Entertainment

People can be, are, and indeed always have been entertaining, but people are never entertainment.

The Sinner Reminds Us That Trauma Is Always Communal

We are inherently relational creatures, and when we suffer, we suffer communally. Trauma is everyone’s problem.

The Horrendous Beauty of Daria Argento’s Suspiria

A fallen world displays a prodigal beauty, even a horrendous beauty at times.

Jim Carrey’s I Needed Color Offers a Hopeful Challenge to 2017’s Despair

What if we followed Carrey’s lead and aimed to celebrate certain aspects of our common human experience for the sake of love?

George A. Romero Made Horror What It Is Today

For all their lack of subtlety, zombies dramatize many of our deepest inner conflicts.

Twenty Years Later, Radiohead’s OK Computer Still Sounds Brand New

Part of OK Computer’s genius is that it captures the ways in which our technology detaches us.

It Comes at Night Reminds Us That the Political Is Always Personal

It Comes at Night implores us to have the courage to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

Chris Cornell’s Untimely Death Reminds Us That We Never Need to Be Alone

Perhaps the healthiest way to cope at this point is to remember Chris Cornell’s place in our lives.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Fans: The Ethics of Being a David Foster Wallace Fan

It is possible to be a fan of someone’s work without insisting that everyone else feel the same way.

Robert P. George, Cornel West and the Gift of Civil Disagreement

If our nation’s leading intellectuals can disagree with each other and still be civil, why can’t the rest of us do the same?