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Dua Lipa in "IDGAF"

Music Video Breakdown: 'IDGAF' and Consumerism

Hidden behind Dua’s icy demeanor is a level of incisive commentary producible only by a young firebrand—an Albanian Karl Marx adorned with a single diamond earring.


Cooper Gallery Imbues Collecting With Storytelling

The exhibition skirts canonical Western museum practices and speaks instead to the act of collecting as a living, breathing tradition meant to promote dialogue.


Oswalt’s ‘Annihilation’ Built on Kindness

Didactic but not quite preachy, Oswalt’s special intertwines humor and reflection in order to make sense of the unpredictable world around him.


Hear Me Out: Taylor Swift Singles

Swift has long used lead singles to rebrand—those from both “Red” and “1989” marked a pivot from country towards pure pop—and the first few singles of her “Reputation” era similarly focus on optics.

We were eight years in power cover

‘We Were Eight Years in Power’: A Candid, Pragmatic Retrospective

​Brutally honest and often harrowing, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” speaks to the division gripping our nation today. A collection of eight articles, one written each year of the Obama administration, the book pairs the excitement and optimism of the period in which it was written with the harsher reality of the last few months.


'Riverdale’ is a Dark Drama Beneath Neon Lights

The show counterbalances its darkness with general teenage absurdity as a reminder that this is, above all, a show meant to entertain young adults.


HubWeek Symposium Encourages Looking Inwards

“The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces,” a symposium held at the Harvard Art Museums as part of Boston’s HubWeek, sought to examine the ways space reflects and even influences both art and the viewer.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope "Watch Me"

‘Scandal’: For a Political Drama, 'Watch Me' Remains Suspiciously Stagnant

The biggest challenge “Scandal” writers have this season is figuring out how to introduce complexity and struggle to characters who have already reached their peaks.

Hell's Kitchen: "All-Stars Arrive"

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Serves Up Fresh Faces and Canned Drama

The newest season of “Hell’s Kitchen” is so relentless in its pursuit of drama that it leaves the realm of entertainment and enters one of ridiculousness.

Lady Gaga in "Gaga: Five Foot Two"

Gaga Stands Tall in Documentary 'Five Foot Two'

A far cry from the mysterious, egg-palanquin enigma of the early 2010s, this unfiltered, ripped-shorts performer is nonetheless refreshing and acutely engaging.

Local museum directors in conversation at Radcliffe on Sept. 25.
On Campus

Boston Area Museum Directors Discuss Civic Institutions at Radcliffe

“The Museum, the City, and the University,” a panel discussion between local art museum directors, sought to explore how museums, universities, and cities come together to generate a broader sense of civic engagement.

Cover of "Younger Now" by Miley Cyrus

‘Younger Now’ an Unconvincing Return to Roots

Though the songs set out to contemplate such questions, they raise a different one for the listener—how exactly did the album end up here?