Category: Culture

Stephen Hawking: Messenger from the Universe

Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA was born on January 8, 1942, exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo. He died Wednesday, on the anniversary of the birth of Einstein. He seemed fated to greatness. And if it seems appropriate to consider the course of his life in these grandiose, almost mythic terms, […]

The Triumph of Emotion Over Reason

Earlier this March, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors David Hogg and Cameron Kasky appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Kasky used the opportunity to respond to those like NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch who he feels have used the activists’ young age as an excuse to say they don’t know what they are talking […]

Inclusion Riders: Hollywood’s Feel-Good Insult to Minorities

By now we have come to expect that glamorous award ceremonies will be as much about politics as movies. And while the black dresses might have been given the heave-ho, Oscar night 2018 did not venture off-script. The current crop of actors-turned-activists were in full campaigning zeal, offering up lectures not just on #MeToo and […]

Thomas Cole: Artist, Romantic, Anti-Jacobin

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was the leading American painter of his generation and at the front of what became known as the Hudson River School of landscape artists. Currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “THOMAS COLE’S JOURNEY: ATLANTIC CROSSINGS” emphasizes his connection to the painters who influenced him and those he influenced. With originality and […]

These Are the Voyages of the Starship Diversity

In a world where the only stories that can be told and retold are Harry Potter, Star Wars or Star Trek, Netflix has been in the forefront of generating the most exciting, creative, and daring new TV content. Their sci-fi series in particular: Expanse, Salvation, Ascension, have been visionary and the latest series of Black […]

Finding Community in a Book Club

A lot of folks don’t read as much as they used to. In 2014, Pew reported that nearly 25 percent of American adults hadn’t read a single book in the past year. And “the number of non-book readers,” The Atlantic noted, “has nearly tripled since 1978.” What about tech-obsessed young people? Many have their doubts […]

The Millennial Magic of Greta Gerwig and ‘Lady Bird’

One of the few most-talked-about films in this Sunday’s Oscar race that does not feature a superhero or a sci-fi dystopia is Greta Gerwig’s award-winning Lady Bird. For better or worse, it is definitely not a biopic of our late first lady, Lady Bird Johnson. It’s the story of a lower-middle-class girl about to graduate from […]

The Ideological Clash at the Heart of “Black Panther”

Today’s big-budget superheroes are a cosmopolitan crew. Internationalism is in; “truth, justice, and the American way” are out. Indeed, Bryan Singer’s Superman was fighting for “truth, justice, and all that stuff” as early as 2006, while Zack Snyder’s 2017 version of the character remarked that he “likes truth” and is “a big fan of justice.” […]

Sourdough Bread and the Cult of Convenience

I didn’t need another thing to take care of. Life was already too busy. I could barely keep up with my daily to-do list as it was. That’s what I told myself as I contemplated (for the umpteenth time) making a sourdough starter. A sourdough starter is a living thing, and functions much like a […]

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of February 26

Lewis McCrary, executive editor: I was delighted to recently discover The Gargoyle Hunters, a debut novel published by architectural journalist John Freeman Gill last year. Because Gill is not among the few recognized authors in contemporary literary fiction who command instant adulation, there was perhaps too little coverage of his inventive work—though the Washington Post did praise […]