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Off the Shoulders of the Front Lines

by Matt Broomfield Cover photo courtesy of the poet.   off the shoulders of the front lines there are mothers stirring great big pots of beans to feed the solid-bellied women in the killing machine off the shoulders of the frontlines there are families displaced three times each time in the rotting belly of a…

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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Seethes with Class Rage

by Jimmy Wu. Class is back on the big screen. From Sorry to Bother You to Joker, the past year has seen an explosion of popular movies that offer, with varying degrees of coherence, a critique of contemporary capitalism. But perhaps no recent film does so with more savvy than Parasite, a new genre-bender that became the first Korean movie to win the Palme d’Or.

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Scary Stories to Tell at the End of History

‘Scary Stories’ is set in a past haunted by the Vietnam War, made for adults haunted by eternal remixes of their youth, and aimed at a future straining to reconcile the ghosts of its past. The film winds up nostalgic for a past no one experienced. It’s a product of a larger struggle to imagine our way out of an absent future.

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The Bad Light: Hunting for UFOs and J. Posadas in Argentina

by A.M. Gittlitz Cover image by Peter Henshaw. All other photos courtesy of the author.   In the Pampas, the vast prairies of southern Latin America, there’s a tale that stretches back to colonial times: the legend of the luz mala, or the bad light. It appears just above the ground, in the hills, or in…

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It’s Not Surprising Ellen is Friends with Bush (& Other Crimes of Hollywood Liberalism)

Apparently, some people do not take kindly to an ostensible progressive letting her hair down with the primary enabler of America’s torture program. Can’t a wealthy liberal hang out with her war criminal friend in peace?

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