Was John Wayne’s Masculine Image a Lie?

There is perhaps no manlier icon in Hollywood history than John Wayne. More than 40 years after his last film, he remains the cinematic apotheosis of the rugged, principled, red-blooded, tough-as-nails, frontier-conquering, patriotic American male. Not even Steve McQueen or Clint Eastwood can measure up to The Duke. But was Wayne’s masculine image a sham, … Continued


Ta-Nehisi Coates Has a Humility Problem

There’s something cold and economical about classing people according to the color of their skin. According to essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, this slave market mentality has always dominated the black experience in America. Change only occurred under Barack Obama’s presidency—and only for a brief time—when black skin became one of the coolest commodities in the country. … Continued


George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

George Clooney has just agreed to star in and direct a miniseries based on Joseph Heller’s classic novel, Catch-22. Clooney claims that the book is his favorite novel, but we’ll see how much he respects the story’s original themes. Critics and lit professors often refer to Catch-22 as a “satirical anti-war novel,” which makes some … Continued


Stop the Unicorn Madness

It used to be that unicorns were in the same category as fairies, gnomes and trolls: mythical and only really believed by the very young. Unicorns have come a long way since then, however, and the word is now commonly used to describe something that’s bursting with pastel colors, rare or so unique that there’s … Continued