A New Psychological Thriller Exploring Life’s Brutal Belly.

WE SHOULD REMOVE THIS ARTICLE, By Hanna Bervoets, translated by Emma Rault Hanna Bervoets’ slender, powerful new novel “We Had to Remove This Post” seems like the story of a tech workplace gone terribly wrong at first, but it quickly turns into something more puzzling and enigmatic. Acclaimed in the Netherlands, Bervoets is the author …

Kids Say the Most Epistemological Thing in ‘Bad, Brutal, and Short’

The title of his book comes from the resounding phrase used in “Leviathan” by the 17th-century political philosopher Thomas Hobbes (referring to a life without government; Hershovitz alludes to the inferiority of children). But it also brought me back to the humorist and playwright of the 20th century. Jean Kerr“Please Don’t Eat Daisies” (1957), which …

Gazing into the Brutal, Beautiful World of Tide Pools

Their relationship improves as Nicolson observes his friends. She had once experienced shrimp as “frivolous sweet chunks of meat” dipped in mayonnaise. However, upon seeing the exquisite form of a live shrimp, his “unseen genius” is fascinated by its wonderful life like his own. Such natural affinities, he writes, extinguish “the primacy of the self” …

At the Winter Games, a Brutal Chinese Coal Town Hunts for Gold

BEIJING — A small coal mining town 860 miles in northeast China held its breath when Fan Kexin stretched ready before the women’s 500-meter speed skating race at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The city of Qitaihe has endured mining disasters, industrial closures, and youth migration. Yet he has emerged as a powerhouse in track …

India’s Rising Omicron Wave Brings A Brutal Sense of Déjà Vu

NEW DELHI — When the Omicron coronavirus variant spread to India in late December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to stay vigilant and follow medical guidelines. Arvind Kejriwal, the prime minister of Delhi’s capital district, quickly imposed nighttime curfews, closed movie theaters and cut restaurants and public transport in half. Subsequently, both men …

‘Parallel Mothers’ Review: The Brutal, Beautiful World of Almodóvar

“World building” often refers to how sci-fi and fantasy makers construct their spaces, filling them with imaginary creatures and allegorical meanings. But of all living filmmakers, the most extraordinary world founder may be Pedro Almodóvar. Many directors have a style. Almodóvar evokes a cosmos – a space of bright colors, piercing music (often by Alberto …

A Brutal, Long-hidden Truth Reveals in Art: Native American Slavery

FORT GARLAND, Col. – On a bitter and windy day, at the commander’s headquarters in Fort Garland, a former military outpost, a long showdown took place, which turned into a museum and cultural center. For much of its history, the museum has celebrated frontiersman Christopher (Kit) Carson, who briefly commanded this remote garrison built during …

‘Ni Mi Madre’ Review: A Son’s Brutal Praise to His Mother

Enter the bare-chested and barefoot playwright in a stripped-down white skirt. Then the skirt becomes an off-the-shoulder dress and becomes her mother with an enthusiastic dance. It’s a simple transformation into character and completely theatrical. Suddenly there, she captivates us: Bete, an irresistibly attractive, no-nonsense, twice-divorced Brazilian immigrant, who, it’s fair to guess, never won …