Author: SOUTHESSEXARTSANDCULTURE

This past weekend, tourists milled around St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world, snapping selfies and experiencing Michelangelo's art through their phone’s camera lens. A few hundred meters away, in a 500-year-old palazzo, 120 students coded for 36 hours straight at the Vatican’s first-ever hackathon. This, it would seem, is the […]

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In 2014, a Rolling Stone poll declared Bob Dylan’s "Masters of War" the best protest song of our time. Recorded in April of 1963, during that fierce spell of racial and economic tumult, Dylan, in his folksy pragmatism, rages against the Cold War and the military industrial complex, singing: "You play with my world/ Like […]

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“Strange” is a hard adjective to earn in 2018. Whatever the content, the safe bet is that audiences have seen stranger. This poses a special challenge for nature documentaries, whose charter has often been illuminating the world in new, exciting ways. Via the magic of telephoto lenses, viewers have vicariously ridden fiber optic cables into […]

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Under the cloak of a Mississippi night, Florence Jackson makes an admission to her eldest son. “I dreamt about you, too,” she says during a serene midpoint in Mudbound. Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) has safely returned from the Second World War, serving in George S. Patton’s 761st “Black Panthers” tank battalion. While he was gone, Florence—played […]

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The planet Kamino has always been one of my favorite Star Wars settings: moody, original, and striking. Now, as rain lashes down, the droids try to tear it apart. A perennially overcast ocean world pockmarked with high-tech research platforms, Kamino is the home of the Clone Troopers serving the Galactic Republic during the war. I'm […]

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Here's the truth: Comic book publishing—yes, just the business of selling printed comics—is a billion-dollar industry. This month, 1,194 new comic books and 391 new graphic novels and collections will hit shelves. That's a lot of titles for a single month, and those aren't uncommon numbers. Comics are everywhere; even your grandma knows who Thanos […]

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