Ryan J. Meehan

Books

Wallace’s Unfinished Novel Assesses Metaphysical Accounts

Damage is the natural condition of American culture and society in the fiction of David Foster Wallace. This damage takes ...

Music

Complacence Hampers 'King of Limbs'

Amidst forward motion so thorough, Radiohead has mistaken leanness for fitness. Beyond mere thematic vestiges, “The King of Limbs” sheds something more local and altogether more crucial to Radiohead’s generation-spanning success as a premiere creative force in mainstream music: pop sensibility.

Theater

Ambitious 'Empire' Falters

Ultimately, the moments where “Inland Empire” crystallizes are too few and far between to justify a structure whose inaccessibility and string of logistical woes hamper what would otherwise be a genuinely compelling theatrical experience.

Film

A Serious Man

“But I didn’t do anything!” wails the hapless Larry Gopnik, over and over, in an increasingly hysterical register, throughout the ...

Food and Drink

Five Unambiguous Signs of the Death of Culture in 2010

If a culture reflects its subjects, it’s more than appropriate that culture in 2010 was more miasma than movement. From ...

Books

Zapruder's Latest Lacks Ambition

Discourse on contemporary poetry tends to revolve around the question of crisis; not as to whether there is a crisis, ...

On Campus

Pedro Costa's Post-Documentary

Internationally acclaimed Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa arrives at the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. to present ...

Music

At the End of the Shining Path

Wildly experimental, their music synthesized—through entropy, violence, parody, and a half-ironic sense of the divine.

Books

The Topography of Hell: Roberto Bolaño’s ‘2666’

“The Savage Detectives,” Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s greatest novel, is a kaleidoscopic fictional autobiography—a treatise on youth, love, literature and ...

Film

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson has spent a decade as one of America’s most important filmmakers, and the better part of that same ...

Features

Editor's Picks 2009

Arts execs take a break from ranking Radiohead vs. Spoon to rank... whatever they feel like.

Film

Bronson

Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn (Vertigo Films) -- 4.5 STARS

Film

Antichrist

It’s an almost hallucinatory sense of confusion that pervades Lars Von Trier’s latest feature, the dubiously titled “Antichrist,” in its ...

Books

Roth’s ‘Humbling’ Is Erudite, If Apathetic

“Now my charms are all o’erthrown, / And what strenth I have’s mine own, / Which is most faint…” Prospero ...

Music

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are an American musical institution, and they may be the last of their kind. Not that this ...

Echelman string sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting the Town: Boston's Big Art

Boxes
Columns

ISIL is Not the End of the World

Difficulty Defining
Columns

The Difficulty of Defining Difficulty

Reshuffling the Caseload
College

Unloading the Ad Board