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In Retrospect

In Retrospect

Music

A New Year for ‘Transatlanticism’: Why Death Cab For Cutie Is More Than a Relic

There’s a lot of music I’m quick to dismiss as music I “liked when I was younger,” but this is one exception I will always make.

Bruno Mars is 24K Magic

In the final months of his tour, Mars hasn’t lost his energy. Every minute of his concert proved why he will be a timeless singer of this decade.

On Campus

‘The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille’ Unearths Film History

In the midst of a modern age of obsession with Hollywood culture, “The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille” is a timely examination of the American film industry’s origins.

Peabody Museum Opens New Native American Poetry Playlist

The artists and curators of the playlist hope that people begin to think more about the spaces they occupy, and that museum visitors that step inside will want to hear more.

Theater

Transforming ‘Hamlet’ Into a Radical Modern Experience

With its set, cast, and script stripped down to the core, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s modernized rendition of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” strives to make the iconic story more accessible than ever.

'Macbeth': A Riveting New Take on a Classic

Staged in a small Brookline church with simple lights, Scottish pennants, and a twig pentagram in the background, the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s newest production, “Macbeth,” is filled with vitality.

Film

In ‘First Man,’ Triumph for White Male Dreams

When you only care about the First Man, it seems, there’s no room for anyone else.

Ike Barinholtz Talks Family Life in Trump’s America

With midterm elections on the horizon and the increasing political unrest in the country dominating daily headlines, Ike Barinholtz’s film directorial debut, “The Oath,” hits a little too close to home.

Books

‘Things to Make and Break’ Breaks Hearts

“Things to Make and Break” is at once about everyone and no one in particular.

‘Friday Black:’ An Ingenious Attack on American Society

“Friday Black,” Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut short story collection, is unflinching in its criticism of pervasive elements in modern America, tackling racial injustices, capitalism, school shootings, and more.

TV

'FBI' is More of the Same from Dick Wolf

“FBI" has all the elements of a quintessential Dick Wolf show.

‘The Cool Kids’ is Fresh, But Not Funny

Premiering on Fox this fall, ‘The Cool Kids’ ultimately falls short of a quality pilot, lacking an interesting plot and consistently clever comedy.

Arts Blog

Five Great Short Stories by Asian-American Writers

What to do as we mourn the loss of Harvard time? With good short reads by Asian-American writers.

Arts Blog

What the Hell Happened: Banksy Shreds His Painting

Despite the hoopla surrounding the self-destruction of the piece, there doesn’t appear to be any deeper meeting.

Arts Blog

Five Halloween Movies for the Easily-Frightened

These five movies are great for getting in the Halloween spirit without any of the scares!

Columns

Stop Two: Metro Center

I was not particularly fond of the Legos, but enjoyed the fact I could shape them into almost anything. When no one else was around, I would secretly use them to build dolls. Scanning our garage, I lamented the distinct lack of Christmas decorations — we had always had such a big tree back in our home country. Then, I had the best idea of the first eight years of my life.

Columns

Pop-Punk and Powdered Sugar

I put on “12 Feet Deep,” closed my eyes and I swear, for a second, I could smell powdered sugar.

Music

20 Years of Blending the Classic and Inventive in Outkast’s ‘Aquemini’

Film

The Cast of ‘Mid90s’ Discuss Their Journey, On and Off-Screen

Books

Five Spooky Short Stories for October

Film

‘Little Woods’: The Female-Led Neo-Western We Didn’t Know We Needed

Arts Blog

Career Overview: Aline Brosh McKenna '89

Books

André Aciman Explores Identity and Displacement

Internationally acclaimed Alexandrian author André Aciman drew an eager crowd in Andover Hall for “Exile and Elsewhere."

Columns

First Kisses

Our next kiss: We are in his bedroom, and I tell him I can’t sleep with him. I do not tell him that I’ve never had sex because I am Still Afraid. I do not tell this to any of the boys I kiss, catching the occasional wetness in my eyes before they can notice.

Books

Much Care Given in 'The Caregiver'

Park’s prose twists the mundane into different forms, shedding new light on themes that are pervasive throughout literature.

Film

‘Beautiful Boy’ A Startlingly Clear Picture of Addiction

In the end, “Beautiful Boy”  is more horror than Hollywood, and takes no artistic shortcuts to portray addiction honestly: as incurable, unpredictable, corrosive, and dangerous.

Music

‘Tha Carter V’: A Complex End to a Complex Career

With his final album, Lil Wayne sums up his career. It makes sense that “Tha Carter V” is as winding and unpredictable as the career on which it reflects.

Film

Stand Up for Stand-up — and Honesty — in ‘All About Nina’

Film

A Heartfelt Story About ‘Family’

Books

'All You Can Ever Know': A Transracial Adoption Story on Consequence and Love

Arts

The Absurd Premise of 'God Friended Me' Fails to Give Viewers a Reason to Stay

Arts

'Into the Dark': 'The Body' is Dead on Arrival

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