“The Dead Don’t Die,” Reviewed: Jim Jarmusch’s Fiercely Political Zombie Comedy

The film that Jim Jarmusch’s new horror comedy, “The Dead Don’t Die,” most reminds me of is Frederick Wiseman’s “Monrovia, Indiana,” a 2018 documentary about social life and civic routines in a small Midwestern town. In its mournful and death-steeped view of Monrovia’s somnolent and baffled residents, Wiseman’s film struck me as a documentary version…

By JohnValbyNation June 18, 2019 0

The Profound Silence of Marshawn Lynch

During the 2013 season, Marshawn Lynch, who was then the star running back of the Seattle Seahawks, stopped speaking on the record to the media. Most professional athletes treat their media obligations as a compulsory nuisance; some convey their annoyance by being terse or snarky. Lynch, who is known for his bruising play and his…

By JohnValbyNation June 15, 2019 0

The Invention of the “Beach Read”

Summer reading—so much expectation and anxiety and judgment is compressed within those two words! June hardly has a chance to throw on a bikini and step onto the deck before morning shows, magazines, and Web sites descend with their “Beach Reads” and “Summer Reading Lists” and “Summer Fiction Top Tens.” Bookstores set up displays with…

By JohnValbyNation June 15, 2019 0