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Agnès Varda Is Dead at 90; Influential French New Wave Filmmaker

John Anderson The New York Times
French director Agnès Varda, who died Friday at her home in Paris, was the only woman associated with the new wave during that film movement’s peak. She made films for more than 60 years, and in the latter part of her career focused on documentaries.

Veep’s Final Season Ponders a Horrifying Thought

Spencer Kornhaber The Atlantic
Veep has, always, been chock-full of other apparent sociopaths—which is what makes the show’s resemblance to America’s actual political reality so troubling.

Abe & Jack, Milt, Moe, Dave…

Peter Neil Carroll Chiron Review
Peter Neil Carroll's poetry pays homage to the veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who left a legacy of fighting fascism.

Net Rupture

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
Charting worldwide disaffection with liberal democracy, the book is a deep dive into Trumpism, Macronism, Brexit and question marks over the European Union, as well as mass movements weary of voting corrupt politicos in and out of office.

Little Boy

Richard Crepeau New York Journal of Books
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a leading figure of the mid-twentieth century culture of revolt, has just turned 100 years old. Reviewer Crepeau here discusses the poet and writer's newest novel.

Us and Jordan Peele’s New Horror

Vann R. Newkirk 11 The Atlantic
In his latest film the comedian turned director continues to reinvent how the genre uses fear to comment on humanity’s evil. Us is a movie about marginalization, about those “Americans” rising up from the underclasses and dispossessing the masters.

Understanding Antioxidants

Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School
Studies have shown benefits from diets rich in them but results from randomized controlled trials of antioxidant supplements support the claim that it is better to supply your antioxidants from a well-rounded diet.

The Radical Sincerity of The OA

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
With San Francisco, The OA has a locale that embodies all the fractures of the current moment: the dichotomy between rich and poor, the ongoing disruptions in the way people experience reality.

School photo: The Jewish school, Warsaw 1929

Jane Spiro Intimate Riches in a Little Room
For the London-born poet Jane Spiro, her father’s school photo taken in 1929 represents the “before” but cannot foresee the changes that await a Polish-born Jewish boy.