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Ryan J. Meehan

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Wallace’s Unfinished Novel Assesses Metaphysical Accounts

Damage is the natural condition of American culture and society in the fiction of David Foster Wallace. This damage takes ...


Complacence Hampers 'King of Limbs'

Amidst forward motion so thorough, Radiohead has mistaken leanness for fitness. Beyond mere thematic vestiges, “The King of Limbs” sheds something more local and altogether more crucial to Radiohead’s generation-spanning success as a premiere creative force in mainstream music: pop sensibility.


Ambitious 'Empire' Falters

Ultimately, the moments where “Inland Empire” crystallizes are too few and far between to justify a structure whose inaccessibility and string of logistical woes hamper what would otherwise be a genuinely compelling theatrical experience.


A Serious Man

“But I didn’t do anything!” wails the hapless Larry Gopnik, over and over, in an increasingly hysterical register, throughout the ...

Food and Drink

Five Unambiguous Signs of the Death of Culture in 2010

If a culture reflects its subjects, it’s more than appropriate that culture in 2010 was more miasma than movement. From ...


Zapruder's Latest Lacks Ambition

Discourse on contemporary poetry tends to revolve around the question of crisis; not as to whether there is a crisis, ...

On Campus

Pedro Costa's Post-Documentary

Internationally acclaimed Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa arrives at the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. to present ...


At the End of the Shining Path

Wildly experimental, their music synthesized—through entropy, violence, parody, and a half-ironic sense of the divine.


Editor's Picks 2009

Arts execs take a break from ranking Radiohead vs. Spoon to rank... whatever they feel like.


The Topography of Hell: Roberto Bolaño’s ‘2666’

“The Savage Detectives,” Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s greatest novel, is a kaleidoscopic fictional autobiography—a treatise on youth, love, literature and ...


Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson has spent a decade as one of America’s most important filmmakers, and the better part of that same ...



Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn (Vertigo Films) -- 4.5 STARS



It’s an almost hallucinatory sense of confusion that pervades Lars Von Trier’s latest feature, the dubiously titled “Antichrist,” in its ...


Roth’s ‘Humbling’ Is Erudite, If Apathetic

“Now my charms are all o’erthrown, / And what strenth I have’s mine own, / Which is most faint…” Prospero ...


The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are an American musical institution, and they may be the last of their kind. Not that this ...