Category: News

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

Joe Biden Bets on Being the Anti-Trump Candidate

There’s been some reporting that Donald Trump has privately expressed worries about facing Joe Biden in a general election. But, publicly, the two men seem to enjoy jawing at each other like a pair of prizefighters. “Look, folks,” Biden told a crowd in Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday night, gripping his podium with both hands. “He…

By JohnValbyNation June 13, 2019 0

“The Devil Never Sleeps,” Reviewed: A Mexican-American Documentary Filmmaker’s Rare Classic About the Mysteries of a Death in the Family

A rare classic of documentary filmmaking is screening at Anthology Film Archives this Saturday: Lourdes Portillo’s “The Devil Never Sleeps,” from 1994. The film, which is being shown as part of Anthology’s Home Movies: Filmmakers Document Their Families series, is centered on Portillo’s own narration of a family tragedy: the sudden and mysterious death of…

By JohnValbyNation June 13, 2019 0

The Prescient Anger of Arundhati Roy

Nine months can make a person, or remake her. In October, 1997, Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for her first novel, “The God of Small Things.” India had just turned fifty, and the country needed symbols to celebrate itself. Roy became one of them. Then, in July of 1998, she published an essay about…

By JohnValbyNation June 13, 2019 0