Review

Jazz Album Review: Noah Haidu’s “Standards II” — A Trio of Masters

April 12, 2024
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Pianist Noah Haidu’s impeccably performed and recorded “Standards II” is a winner.

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Television Review: “Heartbreak High,” Season Two — A Distinct Letdown

April 12, 2024
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The Aussie teen soap falls victim to the dreaded sophomore slump.

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Film Review: “The Beast” Is a Bungle

April 11, 2024
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Who would predict that this perfectly calibrated tale would be yanked out of its early 20th century setting and become dystopian science-fiction?

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Film Review: “Civil War” Crimes — A Boutique Catastrophe

April 10, 2024
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In this dreamworld, the politics don’t matter. It’s the artfully gruesome spectacle that counts — that and the hackneyed Hollywood storyline about the hardened veteran mentoring the neophyte through an initiation into the harsh realities of the profession.

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Theater Review: “The Drowsy Chaperone” — A Refreshing Musical Tonic

April 10, 2024
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The Lyric Stage Company production almost meets the challenges posed by this delightfully inane musical farce.

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Author Interview: Richard L. Hasen on “The Real Right to Vote”

April 10, 2024
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“We have much less protection over our right to vote than most people think.”

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Book Review: “Motherlove” — The Desperations of Incarceration

April 9, 2024
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Jean Trounstine’s experience enables her to present convincingly the desperate circumstances of people whose family members have been arrested and incarcerated, sometimes legitimately, often not.

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Book Review: Natasha Trethewey’s “The House of Being” — Safeguarding the Imagination

April 9, 2024
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Protecting the imagination — whether our own or others — means encouraging questions about whose voice isn’t being heard and why, whose words are being erased, and whose stories unsettle the status quo.

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Book Review: America’s “Great Disorder” — A Saga of Creation and Redemption Followed by Confusion and Rancor

April 7, 2024
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“A Great Disorder ” is brisk, bold, and thought-provoking, but the volume’s muddled concept of myth does it in.

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Poetry Review: “The Infinite Field” — From the Personal to the Political

April 6, 2024
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The volume is an ambitious balancing act: the echoes of memory meet the grit of experience, musical language interlaced with occasional thick texture, nostalgic passion counterposed to philosophical calm.

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