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Aziz B. Yakub

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Better Things
Arts

'Better Things': "September" is Nostalgia for a Childhood Never Lived

There is a certain audacious wonder in such an honest depiction of childhood and adolescence.

you'retheworst
Arts

‘You’re the Worst’: Could be Better

The show works when it functions the way I’ve mythologized it: as a show about the brokenness of the human soul.

"The Dragon and the Wolf"
Arts

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap and Review: ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ Disappoints

For the seventh season finale of “Game of Thrones,” writers Aziz B. Yakub and Grace Z. Li sat down to discuss the pitfalls and highlights of “The Dragon and the Wolf”.

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Arts

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap and Review: The Creative God(s) in ‘Beyond the Wall’

Underlying the leaps of logical fancy populated throughout the episode is a subtler undercurrent of consistent reminders about divine interventions.

Indira Varma and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers in "The Queen's Justice"
Arts

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap and Review: Imagined Cruelty in ‘The Queen’s Justice’

“The Queen’s Justice” seems consumed with fleshing out the relationship between the human consciousness and imagination.

Game of Thrones
Arts

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap and Review: ‘Dragonstone’ Appeases a Forgetful Audience

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.

Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Hotline Bling’

Drake is misunderstood. He is, undoubtedly, one of the foremost musical talents of our generation.

Kendrick Lamar, "DAMN."
Music

A ‘DAMN.’ Disappointment from a Prodigious Artist

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.

Aziz B. Yakub
Music

Arts Vanity: 'Trevor Sucks': The Death of Intellect

In a review of a very real album, Aziz B. Yakub reflects on the nature of art, history and metaphysical bankruptcy.

Nazi Zombies
Arts

Guilty Pleasures: Nazi Zombies

Death is not the end; it’s a momentary pause as the world goes on—the bright glimmer in a sprinting zombie’s eyes.

Black Beatles
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: 'Black Beatles' by Rae Sremmurd

The opening shot contains two contrasting images, the first of which is a marquee with the words “Black Beatles.” Ignore that sign.

Back to Moscow
Books

'Back to Moscow' Effective But Backwards

This narrator’s abandonment of traditional academia becomes something both more interesting and more disturbing than a simple skirting of responsibility.

Photographer Matika Wilbur
Visual Arts

Native American Artist Focuses Lens on Women’s Rights

​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.

Rush Hour
Arts

‘Rush Hour' Barely Makes it to Work

If 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Once Upon A Time in China' had an underperforming baby, which then had a child with a mediocre CBS police procedural, you would have 'Rush Hour.'

Gillian Murray Kendall
Books

Shakespeare and Silky: An Interview with Gillian Murray Kendall

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.