How can you act sanely when your country is brazenly committing genocide? Many of us didn’t.
At every turn I sense potential in The Americans, always untapped, for a smart sitcom.
It is unlikely that those who turned automatic fire on the staff of Charlie Hebdon ever read Michel Houellebecq.
Assaf Gavron’s sweeping, smart, often funny new novel spins a satiric update on Exodus.
“Unlike the talent for war, the ability to make peace has always been rare.”
How African pygmies came to St. Louis has everything to do with Barnum, with freak shows, with unreconstructed racism.
On this show, thriving on caricature as it does, the chasm between Amy and Sheldon stops laughter long enough to suggest poignancy.
It took me until I was nearly done with The Betrayers to step back and realize that one reason I found it so absorbing is that alienation plays no part.
Religion occupies pride of place in this volume. As Lawrence Wright says at the outset: “The struggle for peace at Camp David is a testament to the enduring force of religion in modern life”
The trippiness, the nudge regarding unused powers, regarding vision, regarding the potential of our minds, are the best parts of Lucy.