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The Disaster Artist Is James Franco's Smarmy Ode to Egomania

Susan Sontag would have most certainly deemed Tommy Wiseau’s mess of a movie, 2003's The Room, as pure camp. In her seminal essay “Notes on Camp,” Sontag defined the “essence” of camp as “its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” and further fine-tuned her vision for this sensibility as she went. “In…

Kelela's Debut Album Take Me Apart Is Perfect and You Should Listen to It

“It’s topping from the bottom,” is how singer-songwriter Kelela described the subject matter of the title track of her debut album, Take Me Apart in an interview with Fader. The concept isn’t exactly novel, but the quote is telling—Kelela’s mind-expanding album of avant R&B is never not multivalent. Ambiance via thick…

Professor Marston and The Wonder Women Offers a Fun but Predictable Origin Story for DC Comics’ Biggest Superheroine

Decades ago, superhero comics were looked down on as trash. During that same time period, romantic relationships between anything other than one man and one woman were regarded as freakish illnesses. A new movie about the life and loves of the man who created Wonder Woman shows how artistic and sexual prejudice…

What's Going On With That NY Times Review of a Book About Campus Rape?

“Fascinating but often frustrating” and “too sloppy with the facts to succeed” and full of “baffling errors that threaten to undermine her entire book,” is how writer Michelle Goldberg describes Vanessa Grigoriadis’s new book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus, in an early September review in…

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The Complicated Joy of Listening to a New Album by Prince in 2017

No single descriptor could sum up Prince, and he was acutely aware of this, turning his perceived ambiguity into copy (“Am I black or white / Am I straight or gay?” his how he mimicked outsiders’ curiosity in 1981's “Controversy”) and rejecting labels openly in a litany of all the things that he wasn’t in 1984's “I…