All narratives face problems with making the context as compelling as the climax; and, in the series’ defense, it has managed to show, with annual consistency, that its climaxes are worth the journey. However, the episodes surrounding the series’ best hours (“Blackwater,” “The Rains of Castamere,” and “Hardhome,” among others) are still occasionally poorly plotted context at best—and lazy table setting at worst.
Lamar may be more brilliant and more nuanced than other rappers. He may be flat out more talented than anyone in the general vicinity of a microphone. But on “DAMN,” he does his best to obscure that ability almost beyond recognition.
Native American artist Matika Wilbur addressed issues of cultural marginalization and the violation of women’s rights in indigenous populations through her photography exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study on Thursday.
Harvard alumna Gillian Murray Kendall is the author of the post-apocalyptic novel “The Garden of Darkness” and the upcoming fantasy novel “The Book of Forbidden Wisdom,” as well as a professor at Smith College specializing in Shakespeare, non-Shakespearean Renaissance Drama, and 17th Century poetry.