Articles I recommend, approximately sectioned & then ordered by when I read them.


Film & TV

Criticism & essays

The Transformative Dream Of ANNIHILATION by Priscilla Page for Birth.Movies.Death.

“Senior year burns brightly. There is a vividness in worlds coming to an end”: Lady Bird’s aesthetic of memory by Anna Leszkiewicz for New Statesman

What About “The Breakfast Club”? by Molly Ringwald for The New Yorker

Life in Drag by Brianna Ashby for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Great Expectations by Fran Hoepfner for Bright Wall/Dark Room

The Year of the Death Wish by Fran Hoepfner for Bright Wall/Dark Room

An Undead Elegy For the American Dream: On 300 Episodes of “Supernatural” by Tess McGeer for Flood Magazine

Bad TV by Andrea Long Chu for n+1

‘Til Death Do Us Part by Haley Mlotek for The Hairpin

It’s Only An Island If You Look At It From The Water by Brianna Ashby for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Martin Scorsese’s Late Style by Scout Tafoya for Los Angeles Review of Books

Isn’t Everything Amazing? by Ethan Warren for Bright Wall/Dark Room

The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis by Nate Chinen for Criterion Current

Tory Porn by Jonathon Sturgeon for The Baffler

The Old Man and the Screen by John Saward for Vice

I’m Enduring It by Brianna Ashby for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Il Maestro by Martin Scorsese for Harper’s Magazine

Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain. by Martin Scorsese for The New York Times

Review: A Promising Young Woman by Ayesha A. Siddiqi

I Don’t Know How to Do Anything Else by Brianna Ashby for Bright Wall/Dark Room

“I Said ‘Zoo’ and You Came” by Frank Falisi for Bright Wall/Dark Room

All the Good Boys by Elizabeth Purchell for Letterboxd Journal

Bonnie and Clyde by Pauline Kael for The New Yorker

Lyons on Mad Men: Ginsberg Was Always Struggling — He’s a Martian, After All by Margaret Lyons for Vulture

Everyone Is Beautiful and No One Is Horny by RS Benedict for Blood Knife

Citizen Kane: The Once and Future Kane by Bilge Ebiri for Criterion Current

The Beatles Were Friends by Jeremy Gordon for Gawker

Queer & Now & Then: 1947 by Michael Koresky for Film Comment

Kiss Me or Kill Me: Sexual Desperation and Identity Erasure in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Brianna Ashby for Bright Wall/Dark Room

To Where You Once Belonged by Frank Falisi for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Buster Keaton: A Life and the Times by David Hudson for Criterion

Death’s Angel: Peter Fonda in Easy Rider by Chuck Stephens for Criterion Current

Steven Soderbergh: A Smooth Operator for 21st-Century American Cinema by Ruairi McCann for Mubi Notebook

Videodrome: The Slithery Sense of Unreality by Gary Indiana for Criterion Current

Queer, There, and Everywhere by Michael Koresky for Criterion Current

Classic Corner: Cutter’s Way by Jason Bailey for Crooked Marquee

The End of Joachim Trier’s “Oslo Trilogy”; The End of Art and Community by Laura Staab for Another Gaze

Mikey and Nicky (Essay for the DVD) by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Spies Like Us by Brianna Ashby for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Good Boys by Mark Asch for Animus

If Life Were Only Moments by Julia Sirmons for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Tom Cruise’s Last Stand by Bilge Ebiri for Vulture

The Top Gun Volleyball Scene Is Not Homoerotic. It Is Homosexual. by Dave Holmes for Esquire

TCM Diary: Elvis, Actor by Sheila O’Malley for Film Comment

The Writing Plot: Life as Art in “Bergman Island” by Rafaela Bassili for Mubi Notebook

Despite All His Cage by J.W. McCormack for The Baffler

On Paris Blues by Darryl Pinckney for The Paris Review

Written on the Wind: No Good End by Blair McClendon for Criterion Current

Rumble Fish: Lose Yourself by Glenn Kenny for Criterion Current

The Graduate: Intimations of a Revolution by Frank Rich for Criterion Current

Dont Look Back: Everybody Loves You for Your Black Eye by Robert Polito for Criterion Current

All That Jazz: Stardust by Hilton Als for Criterion Current

The Big Chill: These Are Your Parents by Lena Dunham for Criterion Current

The Big Chill: Surviving by Harlan Jacobson for Film Comment (via Criterion Current)

A Hard Day’s Night: The Whole World is Watching by Howard Hampton for Criterion Current

Naked: Desperate Days by Derek Malcolm for Criterion Current

Shallow Grave: A Film Called Cruel by Phillip Kemp for Criterion Current

Seconds: Reborn Again by David Sterritt for Criterion Current

Blow Out: American Scream by Michael Sragow for Criterion Current

Living by Michael Wood for London Review of Books

Police and Thieves: On Tony Gilroy's "Andor" by Aaron Bady for LA Review of Books

From Strength Comes Forth Sweetness: "Top Gun: Maverick" and Tom Cruise's Terribilità by David Garry Hughes for Mubi Notebook

By the Bomb’s Filmic Light by Nicholas Russell for The Baffler

Maybe So, Sir, but Not Today: The Fragile Humanity of Top Gun: Maverick by Tom Ralston for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Fifty Years On, A Hard Day’s Night Is Still Revelatory by Stephanie Zacherak for Village Voice

What advertising does to TV. by Emily Nussbaum for The New Yorker

Boxcar Love: Scarecrow’s Not-So-Modern Bromance by Duncan Birmingham for Bright Wall/Dark Room

Riding the Goddamn Elephant by A. S. Hamrah for The Baffler

everything I've watched in however long it's been since the last one of these, part one by Helena Fitzgerald for griefbacon

The Crown and the Crown by Luke McKernan

An almost perfect film by Luke McKernan


What if Star Wars never happened? by Kevin Lincoln for Polygon

The Slow Death of Hollywood by Matt Stoller

The pain of cinema closures isn’t just economic by James Greig for The Guardian

Don’t Let Amazon Eat the Film Industry by Patricia Aufderheide for The New York Times

Digital Rocks by Will Tavlin for n+1

‘It took me years to see how responsible Terry Gilliam was for my terror’ by Sarah Polley for The Guardian

They Made a Movie Out of It by James Pogue for The Baffler

Remember Me on This Computer by A. S. Hamrah for n+1

‘No Aliens, No Spaceships, No Invasion of Earth’ by Rachel Handler for Vulture

Shortsighted by James Wham for The Baffler

Elegy for the Screenshot by Nora DeLigter for Screen Slate

Interviews, profiles, obituaries

Don’t Cry for Mitski by Matthew Schnipper for Pitchfork

Alice Rohrwacher: ‘We imagine that a good man does good, but it’s an illusion’ by Manuela Lazic for Little White Lies

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino: A Big, Beautiful 50-Year Friendship by Zach Baron for GQ

Caught in the Act by John Lahr for The New Yorker

The Trouble With Johnny Depp by Stephen Rodrick for Rolling Stone

My Buddy by Patti Smith for The New Yorker

‘This is the best moment of my life,’ he said, lying in the bath: Ian Holm remembered by Richard Eyre for The Guardian

Charles Grodin Finally Reveals His Brief Tryst With Miss Piggy by Charles Grodin for Vulture

John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons” by Mike Sacks for The New Yorker

Crime in Counterpoint: Michael Mann on his Restored Masterpiece “Heat” by Bilge Ebiri for The Village Voice

Frank Oz on life as Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Yoda by Hadley Freeman for The Guardian

Conversations with Schrader by Alex Abramovich for London Review of Books

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Theory on Driving at Night by Bilge Ebiri for Vulture

Celine Sciamma’s Quest for a New, Feminist Grammar of Cinema by Elif Batuman for The New Yorker

Francis Ford Coppola’s $100 Million Bet by Zach Baron for GQ

Robert Altman Speaking by Jan Dawson for Film Comment

The Metamorphosis of Robert Pattinson by Daniel Riley for GQ

Al Pacino Looks Back at His Breakthrough Role in ‘The Godfather’ by Dave Itzkoff for The New York Times

Life Is Suffering: David Cronenberg on Kidney Stones, NFTs, and Crimes of the Future by Nick Newman for The Film Stage

The undying optimism of Ethan Hawke by Ben Allen for GQ

Robert Eggers’s Historical Visions Go Mainstream by Sam Knight for The New Yorker

Nicolas Cage Can Explain It All by Gabriella Paiella for GQ

Where the Magic Happens: On Set with Mary Ellen Mark by Rebecca Bengal for Criterion Current

The Follow: A. S. Hamrah, Critic by Abe Beame May for Passion of the Weiss

Martin Scorsese on Ray Liotta in Goodfellas: ‘The new guy never missed a beat’ for The Guardian

The Feast of Sevarance by Anne Helen Petersen for Culture Study

David Cronenerg’s Dreams and Nightmares by Adam Nayman for The New Yorker

James Caan’s Vulnerable Machismo by David Hudson for Criterion Current

Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck by Hillary Weston for Criterion Current

Lessons from Bob Rafelson by David Hudson for Criterion Current

What Bob Dylan Wanted at Twenty-three by Nat Hentoff for The New Yorker

Jean-Luc Godard Was Cinema's North Star by Richard Brody for The New Yorker

Our Godard by Blair McClendon for n+1

"In Movies, Comedy and Tragedy Are All the Same": Jean-Luc Godard Interviewed by Hal Hartley for Filmmaker Magazine

James Wong Howe's Way with Light by Walter Chaw for Criterion Current

The wildness of Barry Keoghan by Douglas Greenwood for GQ

Godard is perhaps dead by Martin Scorsese for Cahiers du Cinema

Nicolas Cage and John Carpenter are cinema's most studious eccentrics by Hannah Ongley for Document Journal

It isn’t the lines by Bee Wilson for London Review of Books

Puzzled Puss by John Lahr for London Review of Books

Harrison Ford: “I Know Who the F*** I Am” by James Hibberd for The Hollywood Reporter

Silver Screen by Carlos Valladares for n+1

Ben Affleck on ‘Air’, New CEO Gig and Those Memes: “I Am Who I Am” by Rebecca Keegan for The Hollywood Reporter

Stronger Together by Shonni Enelow for Film Comment

Voice and Hammer by Jeff Sharlet for VQR

Other cultural criticism & essays

How Big Is Adam Driver in Burn This? by The Cut

In Praise of Food Dad, Nigel Slater by Ruby Tandoh for VICE

÷ by Laura Snapes for Pitchfork

A Couple Thousand Words On Charli XCX’s “Boys” by Fran Hoepfner for Bright Wall/Dark Room

What I Don’t Tell My Students About “The Husband Stitch” by Jane Dykema for Electric Literature

The Perseverance of Eve Babitz’s Vision by Molly Lambert for The Paris Review

Normal Novels by Becca Rothfeld for The Point

Hanya’s Boys by Andrea Long Chu for Vulture

I’ve Got a Feeling and The Banality of Genius: Notes on Peter Jackson’s Get Back by Ian Leslie

The Alternative Press in Retrospect by Eugenia Williamson for The Baffler

Otessa Moshfegh Is Praying for Us by Andrea Long Chu for Vulture

The Radical Woody Guthrie by Gustavus Stadler for Tribune

Edge of Reality is the podcast that proves reality TV is even worse than you thought by Amelia Tait for British GQ

Social Distortion: Weegee's Marilyn by Marya E. Gates

His Dreaminess Had Will by Janique Vigier for The New York Review of Books

Annie Ernaux's Total Novel of Life by Jamie Hood for The Baffler

What Was Brangelina? by Angelica Jade Bastién for Vulture

The Dirt on Pig-Pen by Elif Batuman for Astra

To Let an Author Die: Remembering Sylvia Plath, 60 Years On by Jimin Kang for Los Angeles Review of Books

What’s a God to a Machine? by Jeff Weiss for The Ringer

Why Is Everything So Ugly? by Mark Krotov for n+1

Norman Mailer's Ripe Garbage by Rob Madole for The Baffler

The Genesis of Blame by Anne Enright for London Review of Books

Grieving Redness in the West: Reading Malcolm Harris after Mike Davis by Michael Docherty for Los Angeles Review of Books

Trespassing on Edith Wharton by Alissa Bennett for The Paris Review


The Sordid Story of the Most Successful Political Party in the World by Samuel Earle for The New Republic

At the Gay Bar by Andrew Durbin for London Review of Books

The Kept and the Killed by Erica X Eisen for Public Domain Review

The Other American Frontier by Evan Malmgren for The Baffler

The Age of Houseplants and The Secrets of the Plant People by Anne Helen Petersen for Culture Study

That Ol’ Thumb by Mike Jay for London Review of Books

Tom Hayden According to the Enemy by M. Delmonico Connolly for Los Angeles Review of Books

Smash the Computers! by Kieron Monks for Tribune Magazine

A Reliquary of Modern Wales by Kirill Kobrin for Tribune Magazine

Politics & environment

The Book of Jeremy Corbyn by Anthony Lane for The New Yorker

‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention by Patrick Barkham for The Guardian

The “Cancel Culture” Con by Osita Nwanevu for The New Republic

Amid the Wildfires: Mike Davis’s forecast for the left by Micah Uetricht for The Nation

Anti-Asian racism is its own particular brand of bigotry by Siam Hatzaw for Gal-dem

The Property Cult by Ronan Burtenshaw for Tribune Magazine

The Four-Day Week Can Help Save the World by Joe Ryle for Tribune Magazine

How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled by Laura Sullivan for NPR

Pfizer Walk With Me by Bearice Adler-Bolon and Artie Vierkant for The New Inquiry

Despair Fatigue by David Graeber for The Baffler

Promised land: how South Africa’s black farmers were set up to fail by Eve Fairbanks for The Guardian

Redefining the Working Class by Samira Ibrahim for The Baffler

Against school by John Burnside for New Statesman

The Death Parade by Andrew O'Hagan for London Review of Books

Attica Prison Diary by Celes Tisdale for The Paris Review

Andrea Dworkin's Conviction by Amia Srinivasan for London Review of Books

Off His Royal Tits by Andrew O’Hagan for London Review of Books

Not Much like Consent by Daniel Trilling for London Review of Books


Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster by Tim Harford for The Guardian

the earthly shadow of the cloud by Anne Boyer


Underpaid Workers Are Being Forced to Train Biased AI on Mechanical Turk by Aliide Naylor for Motherboard

Is This Peter Thiel-Backed Startup Trying to Monopolize the Astral Plane? by Piper McDaniel for Mother Jones

Never send to know for whom the brain worms; it worms for thee by Max Reed

The Communal Mind by Patricia Lockwood for London Review of Books

The Stock Market At The End Of The World by Ed Z

Iron Musk by Marco D’Eramo for Sidecar

Competition is for Losers by David Runciman for London Review of Books

The Internet is Broken. Can We Fix It? – A Review of Ben Tarnoff’s “Internet for the People” by Z.M.L. for LibrarianShipwreck

ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web by Ted Chiang for The New Yorker

The Shut-In Economy by Lauren Smiley

Longform reporting & essays

How the sandwich consumed Britain by Sam Knight for The Guardian

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change by Nathaniel Rich for The New York Times

Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex? by Kate Julian for The Atlantic

In Japan, the Kit Kat Isn’t Just a Chocolate. It’s an Obsession. by Tejal Rao for The New York Times

No Heart, No Moon by Matt Jones for The Southern Review

The ‘Glasgow effect’ implies cities make us sad. Can the city prove the opposite? by Fleur Macdonald for The Guardian

What’s Left of Conde Nast by Reeves Wiedeman for New York Magazine

Royal Bodies by Hilary Mantel for London Review of Books

The End of Evil by Sarah Marshall for The Believer

The Watcher by Reeves Wiedeman for The Cut

Fear is only information by BDM

The Judgement of Paris by Lizzie O’Shea for The Baffler

Where water used to be by Rosa Lyster for London Review of Books

A Coal Mine for Every Wildfire by James Butler for London Review of Books

Three Bodies in Texas by Mallika Rao for Beliver

Closing Time by Hettie O’Brien for The Baffler

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel for GQ

FLooding in the Sacrifice Zone by Tarence Ray for The Baffler

Collective Turn-off by Sophie Lewis for Mal Journal

The Golden Suicides by Nancy Jo Sales for Vanity Fair

I Really Didn’t Want to Go by Lauren Oyler for Harper’s Magazine

When digital nomads come to town by Stephen Witt for Rest of World

Personal essays

Everything I know about a good death I learned from my cat by Elizabeth Lopatto for The Verge

The Machine Stops by Oliver Sacks for The New Yorker

this virus by Anne Boyer

Musician Lucy Dacus Wonders If She Ever Really Came Out by Lucy Dacus for Oprah Daily

Britney Spears Was Never in Control by Tavi Gevinson for The Cut

How Do We Write Now? by Patricia Lockwood for Tin House

Tinder Hearted by Allison P. Davis for The Cut

The new quantified self by Haley Nahman

Slay by Heather Havrilesky

You Have a New Memory by Merritt Tierce for Slate

#148: Too much music by Haley Nahman


The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado for Granta

What I Like about You, Baby by Anne Carson for London Review of Books

Daughter by Carol Ann Duffy for The Guardian

Café Loup by Ben Lerner for The New Yorker

Odorless Animals by Brittany Dennison for The Baffler

the one horse & the nextover by Anne Boyer

Saturday Night as an Adult by Anne Carson for The New Yorker

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