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    In the news … May 2021

    Commentary on the news, current affairs, journalism, and the news media landscape more generally for May 2021.

  • Dali dream sequence

    Spellbound (1945)

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound remains captivating, though contexts have changed for genres, subject, and artistic treatment.

  • Detail from Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Composition X (1939).

    Notes on Appiah’s Lévi-Strauss

    Kwame Anthony Appiah’s New York Review of Books essay on Claude Lévi-Strauss confirm my old antipathies to his work, but also reveal some new façets to me.