Travel as a Political Act
Travel as a Political ActIn any given episode of Rick Steves’ Europe, the world’s most unassuming man smiles his way through stunning cities. It’s a deeply comforting formula. We admire skylines and busy streets; Steves putters around historical monuments; he nods along as locals explain sausage or glassblowing; he signs off with a folksy “Keep on travelin’!” …[This book is] still the Rick Steves style — optimistic, peppered with slightly cheesy personal anecdotes and easing you into the fact that traveling makes you an outsider without making it scary.…
The Line Becomes a River
The Line Becomes a RiverThe Line Becomes a River is caught halfway between memoir and tone poem, as Cantú offers snapshots of his life in and around the Border Patrol. The landscape of the Southwest that was originally his family geography becomes a source of dread, as he tries to make sense of working in an organization that seems to either harden or sink those within it.…
Riverdale: “The Wrestler”
Riverdale: "The Wrestler"“Why weren’t you a part of this?” “Because I was playing basketball.” Every so often, some of the dozen spinning plates on Riverdale wobble, and the show has to deal with Archie. … It’s a bizarre but fascinating process to watch a show routinely try to reset one of the stars to teen-show stakes.…
Red Carpet Rundown: SAG Awards 2018
Red Carpet Rundown: SAG Awards 2018    The SAG Awards carpet is always an odd duck. So much of the rest of awards season is about honoring the many people who work on a movie or a series; the SAG Awards is a quiet admission that we all secretly like the actors best. And they like each other best!…
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
Frankenstein: The 1818 TextFrankenstein is embedded in the public imagination. It carries challenging and often uncomfortable motifs — doubling, parenthood, feminism, loneliness, the righteous anger of the outcast, the equally transformative powers of love and hate, the natural world, the limitations of revenge, and the horror of science without conscience. And though the novel was written at the cusp of the Victorian age, it’s rarely spoken of as a literary artifact from 200 years ago; “Frankenstein” is as efficient and resonant a reference today as it was in 1818.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Golden Globes
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Golden Globes  Okay, well, welcome back to awards season, where it’s All Happening.…