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Week 17, 2012:

Joan Walsh on Bruce Springsteen (Salon)

Seth Stevenson on Richard Linklater’s complete filmography (Slate)

Michael Hastings on the women behind Obama 2012 (BuzzFeed)

Mary Elizabeth Williams on embracing boybands (Salon)

Roger Ebert on determined a director’s ‘best’ film (Chicago Sun-Times)

How to counter hatred with song (The Rachel Maddow Show)

Owen Jones on socialism as it should be (Labour Representation Committee)

Jann Wenner talks to Barack Obama (Rolling Stone)

Week 16, 2012:

Jena Conti’s blog on being American in Norway (up-rooted)

J. Hoberman on the state of film critcism (Cinema Scope)

Jill Lepore on gun politics (The New Yorker)

Will Saletan and Ross Douthat on religion and liberalism (Slate)

Michael Cieply on P.T. Anderson’s elusive new film The Master (The New York Times)

Lauren Kirchner on the persistence of teletext in Scandinavia and Michael Shapiro on the Huffington Post (Columbia Journalism Review)

Chris Jones on Robert Caro’s LBJ obsession (Esquire)

After some server troubles, the Senses of Cinema website is back up

Week 20, 2011:

Clive James on “the most influential book ever written about the movies” (The Atlantic)

Michael Phillips on the UK ban on Human Centipede II (Chicago Tribune)

David Cox finds the ban unprincipled (The Guardian)

David Bordwell on the rivalry between academics and film critics (Film Comment)

Keith Olbermann returns to TV, ego intact (The Hollywood Reporter)

Jesse Walker on the legacy of the 1980s (Reason)

Susan Davis on the underrated Senator Patty Murray (National Journal)

John Aravosis on Kevin Rogers, who called out Tracy Morgan (AMERICAblogGay)

Week 29, 2010:

Matt Zoller Seitz on Blockbuster’s death march (Salon)

A.O. Scott on the Inception reception (The New York Times)

Anton Ego’s lesson for critics (Floating World)

John Koblin on The New York Times Magazine (The New York Observer)

Sarah Churchwell on the language of anti-liberalism (The Liberal)

David Corn on Journolist (Mother Jones)

Todd Solondz on Life During Wartime (New York Magazine)

Week 28:

James Wolcott on an existential debate among film critics (Vanity Fair)

Jump Cut on the forms of film criticism today

Jeff Emerson on the backlash against the backlash against Inception (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Johann Hari on Roman Polanski (The Independent)

Jessanne Collins on GBFs (Salon)

David Horowitz on the evolution of Christopher Hitchens (National Review)

Colin Robinson on Amazon (The Nation)

Andrew Ferguson on Newsweek’s fate (Commentary)

Joe Hagan on John McCain (New York Magazine)

Jesse Walker on Rush Limbaugh and his audience (Reason)

Megan Garber on making long-form journalism work on the web (NiemanLab)

Week 27:

Chris Beam on David Brooks (New York Magazine)

Jack Shafer on the fiction of ‘unbiased’ journalism (Slate)

Dave Weigel explains himself (Esquire)

LeBron stirs up some emotions (Deadspin)

Are kids abandoning Miley Cyrus? (The New York Times)

Anna North on the limits to bromance (Jezebel)

Michael C. Moynihan on Christopher Hitchens (Reason)

Michael Gay on Mama Grizzlies (The Washington Monthly)

David Frum on Mike Huckabee (The Week)

Jennifer Schuessler on Friedrich Hayek (The New York Times Book Review)

Is it time to retire James Bond? (The Guardian)

Chris Colfer on his Emmy nomination (Vanity Fair)

Week 25:

Chris Fujiwara on the ethics of film criticism (Undercurrent)

Ian Buruma on Christopher Hitchens (The New York Review of Books)

The archives of pioneering webzine Feed Magazine are back online

Farah Stockman on why we want Supreme Court Justices to be elite (Boston Globe Magazine)

Paul Fahri on the National Enquirer (American Journalism Review)

Lia Purpuri on paying homage to the past (Defunct Magazine)

Michael Hastings on Stanley McChrystal (Rolling Stone)

Can fair, respected journalists hold strong opinions in private? No, says The Washington Post

Tommy Christopher chimes in (Mediaite)

So does Colby Cosh (Macleans)

Week 24:

Peta Jinnath Andersen on why we read book reviews (Pop Matters)

Sasha Frere-Jones on the way we listen now (The New Yorker)

Michael Tomasky on progressivism as Long, Hard Slog (Democracy)

Cathy Young on libertarianism and the Civil Rights Act (Reason)

Brian Doherty on why fiction doesn’t inspire conservatives (The American Conservative)

Keach Hagey on Lawrence O’D0nnell (Politico)

Maureen Dowd on Proposition 8 (The New York Times)

Meg Favreau on women in comedy (The Smart Set)

Ta-Nehisi Coates on individualized teaching (The Atlantic)

Week 21

Jonathan Rosenbaum on democratizing cinephilia (Cineaste)

Dave Weigel on why libertarians should stop idolizing Barry Goldwater (Right Now)

NextLeft on David Laws and gay equality in the UK

Bob Garfield talks Facebook privacy (On the Media)

Week 14

Amy Benfer on the end of the ‘Juno effect’ (Salon)

Jonathan Rauch on David Frum (National Journal)

Tom Goldstein on the Supreme Court shortlist (The New Republic)

Michael Calderone on a new generation of political pundits (Politico)

Week 12

Brad DeLong on how Romneycare is the real story of health care reform (The Week)

Kirby Fields on the Brat Pack (PopMatters)

Shira Toeplitz on the 2012 Senate landscape (Congressional Quarterly)

Week 11:

Carrie Budoff Brown and Glenn Thrush on health care reform, resurrected (Politico)

David Waltman on the GOP tactics and the ghost of Rahm Emmanuel (DailyKos)

President Obama’s final pep talk to House Democrats

Ezra Klein on why a ‘no’ vote makes no sense, from neither the Democratic left or right (The Washington Post)

Jonathan Chait on Obamacare vs. Clintoncare (The New Republic)

The Nation on why health reform should pass

Week 8:

Walter Kirn on eliminating senior year (The New York Times Magazine)

Derek Thompson on what makes Leonardo DiCaprio good (The Atlantic)

Scott Jaschik on gay outreach on campus (Inside Higher Ed)

The A.V. Club on pop-culture rules

Kevin Hartnett on the death of the bookshelf (The Millions)

Jan Wickman on queer activism (Trikster)

Alison Flood on teen fiction’s darker turn (The Guardian)

Ron Rosenbaum on the genius of the New York Post (Slate)

Stuart Hall on New Left 1.o (New Left Review)

The Economist on the professionalized professor

Morgan Meis on postmodernity, revisited (The Smart Set)

Does being a liberal make you smart? (CNN)

Week 7:

Chris Jones on Roger Ebert (Esquire)

Troy Paterson on the movie critic David Thomson (Slate)

Lesley Chow on comparing film critics (Bright Lights Film Journal)

A.O. Scott on Meryl Streep (The New York Times)

Christopher Noxon on JILFS (Details)

Felix Gillette on George Stephanopoulos (The New York Observer)

Kathleen Parker on ignoring persecution of gays in Uganda (The Washington Post)

Elmore Leonard et al on writing fiction (The Guardian)

Week 6:

Nate Silver on Sarah Palin’s path (FiveThirtyEight)

Jessica Grose on bad Valentine’s Day movie choices (Slate)

Neil LaBute on making it in Hollywood (The Wrap)

Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli on the scars John Edwards left (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Ed Kilgore on the fall of ‘liberalterianism’ (The New Republic)

Week 5:

Charles Petersen on Facebook (The New York Review of Books)

Robert Loss on Greil Marcus (PopMatters)

Jon Stewart allegorizes Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (The Daily Show)

Dana Milbank on Mike Mullen’s DADT bravery (The Washington Post)

Robert Castle on how not to rate movies (Bright Lights Film Journal)

Mark Mazower on cosmopolitan British historians (The New Republic)

Do we really need a Spider-Man reboot? (The Guardian)

Radley Balko on the War on Drugs run amok (Reason)

Will Saletan on the pro-life Superbowl ad (Slate)

Andrew Grant on why the screenplay Oscars are meaningless (Salon)

Week 2:

Ted Olson on the conservative case for gay marriage (Newsweek)

Margaret Talbot on challenging Proposition 8 (The New Yorker)

Peter Beinart on the Harold Ford jr. trainwreck (The Daily Beast)

Linda Greenhouse on transparency and the courts (The New York Times)

Emily Bazelon on dangerous excuses for domestic terrorism (Slate)

Tom Bissell on how Playboy shaped America (The New Republic)

Heather Havrilesky on late-night blameshifting at NBC (Salon)

David Corn on Pat Buchanan’s influence on Nixon (Mother Jones)

Christopher Hitchens on Gore Vidal, conspiracy theory-monger (Vanity Fair)

Thomas Geoghegan on how the filibuster undermines the Constitution (The New York Times)

Week 1:

Michael Kinsley on why you can never use too few words (The Atlantic)

Bob Thompson on writing about writers (The American Scholar)

Cory Doctorow on social media holdouts (The Guardian)

Lauren Collins on Sonia Sotomayor (The New Yorker)

Robin Abcarian on The Daily Beast (The Los Angeles Times)

Mariah Blake on the creationism fight (The Washington Monthly)

Eric Cohen on Irving Kristol (National Interest)

Peter Baker on Obama’s war on terror (The New York Times Magazine)

Jesse Walker on the permissive society (Reason)

Richard Florida dials back ‘the creative class’ (The American Prospect)

Do you throw away a life of music? (BoingBoing)

Week 49:

Cord Jefferson on the teen movie leap from American Pie to New Moon (Nerve)

Lynn Hirschberg on mumblecore (T Magazine)

Jennifer Senior on abortion politics (New York Magazine)

Box Turtle Bulletin on the Ugandan ‘kill the gays’ bill

Kim Masters on the revival of Sandra Bullock (The Daily Beast)

Bret Schulte on how Old Media use social networks (American Journalism Review)

James Wolcott on Glee (Vanity Fair)

The Urban Institute on cost-containment and the public option

Karla Jay the left’s disconnect with students (In These Times)

Katie Kiefer on the evolution of the hipster (Paste Magazine)

Robert Draper on Texas Governor Rick Perry (The New York Times Magazine)

Chris Beam on why Congress avoids Twitter (Slate)

Week 48:

Richard Linklater on Me and Orson Welles (IndieWire)

Roger Ebert on his successors (Chicago Sun-Times)

Christine Smallwood on Robert Pattinson’s face (n+1)

Troy Patterson on Adam Lambert (Slate)

CBS: No gayness this early in the morning! (Salon)

Alan Frutkin on gays on TV (Mediaweek)

James Wood is no fan of Paul Auster (The New Yorker)

Jack Stevenson on how Danish art-porn changed America (Bright Lights Film Journal)

Jake Sherman and Michael Calderone on what David Broder’s got against Harry Reid (Politico)

Debi Ghate on an Aynd Rand Thanksgiving (Christian Science Monitor)

Week 46:

Mike Madden and Alex Koppelman on the significance of Stupak, and more (Salon)

Timothy Noah on opposing health care reform from the left (Slate)

Michael Tomasky on Blue Dog Democrats (The New York Review of Books)

Suzy Kimm on the Senate health care debate, procedurally speaking (The New Republic)

Ezra Klein on the folly of self-imposed restraint on health care (The Washington Post)

Rep. Barney Frank has a strategy on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ (The Washington Blade)

Kerry Howley on Katherine Parker, conservative pundit (The American Prospect)

Chris Hayes on abolishing the filibuster (The Nation)

The A.V. Club on how great the 00′s have been for TV

A.O. Scott frames the decade in movies (The New York Times Magazine)

Week 44:

Gareth Mclean talks to Nick Hoult (Out Magazine)

Jon Lewis on art-house porn (Jump Cuts)

Elisabeth Kolbert on viral rumor-mongering (The New Yorker)

Jodi Kantor on the Obama marriage (The New York Times Magazine)

Mike Madden on why the press is defending Fox News (Salon)

Sam Anderson on Ayn Rand (New York)

Jonas Brothers’ cringe-inducing roll-out of Nick Jonas & The Administration (MySpace)

Elizabeth Gidrais on Atul Gawande (Harvard Magazine)

Luigi Zingalez thinks the GOP needs to be even more pro-market to win (Investor’s Business Daily)

Week 42:

Jody Rosen and Jonah Weiner on Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball (Slate)

Attitude‘s Stephen Gately obit

Charlie Brooker on Gately-bashing (The Guardian)

Andrew O’Hehir on kids’ movies for adults (Salon)

John Cloud on a new generation of gay activists (Time)

John Windolf on the weirdness of David Letterman (Vanity Fair)

Rob Walker on the science behind Pandora (The New York Times Magazine)

Margaret Carlson on Jay Rockefeller’s health care crusade (Bloomberg)

Will Self on Roald Dahl (The Guardian)

Sean Trende on the potential impact of off-year elections (RealClearPolitics)

Graham Rayman on NYC’s newspaper scene (The Village Voice)

Leno bombs. Who wins? (Medialife Magazine)

A tired party’s way forward? (LabourFuture.org)

Week 41:

Chris Fujiwara on filming film critics (Undercurrent)

Tracy Clark-Flory on lesbians in the military (Salon)

Brett McCracken on why music should be free (Relevant Magazine)

Michelle Goldberg on the outrageous anti-gay attacks on Kevin Jennings (The Daily Beast)

Eric Alterman on how Glenn Beck is pushing the mainstream media rightward (The Nation)

James Fallows on Obama’s Nobel response (The Atlantic)

Amy Bloom on why Gourmet will be missed (Double X)

Stefan Collini on literary journals (The Times Literary Supplement)

Robert Marquand on the titans of photojournalism (The Christian Science Monitor)

A great coming-out story (DailyKos)

Week 40:

Om Prakash on the broken rationale behind ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (Joint Forces Quarterly)

Alex DiBranco on sex and censorship on campus (The Nation)

Kate Harding on the Polanski case (Salon)

Eric Lichtblau and Eric Lipton on the ever-expanding John Ensign scandal (The New York Times)

Jesse Sheidlower on sex in dictionaries (Slate)

Nick Gillespie on Ayn Rand (The Wilson Quarterly)

Elizabeth Drew on Obama’s health care strategy (New York Review of Books)

Terence Samuel on what might have convinced John Edwards he could get away with it (The Root)

Roy Greenslade on what the Sun‘s Tory switch means (MediaGuardian)

James Macintyre on the Sun myth (New Statsman)

Jesse Eisenberg’s life rules (New York Daily News)

NYT on moving on from Obamalympics (The New York Times)

Week 39:

Benoit Denizet-Lewis on middle-school gays (The New York Times Magazine)

Amy Benfer chimes in (Salon)

Emily Wilson on gays in (ancient) Greece (Slate)

Amanda Hess on ‘ex-gays’ (Washington City Paper)

Dave Weigel on ‘straight porn makes you gay’-gate (The Washington Independent)

Stonewall UK on homophobia in soccer

Luis P. Masur on Born To Run (Slate)

Maureen Dowd on Tom DeLay, pre-Dancing With The Stars (The New York Times)

Emily Nussbaum on mean males on TV (New York Magazine)

Mark Dery on Jim Carroll (Mother Jones)

Ethan Porter on the irrelevance of Matt Drudge (Columbia Journalism Review)

Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson on the future of the GOP (Commentary)

Kevin Mattson on the evolution of Irving Kristol (The American Prospect)

Jon Cohn on the unpredictable Olympia Snowe (The New Republic)

William M. Chace on why the humanities are struggling (The American Scholar)

Week 38

Emily Nussbaum on ‘mistaken-for-gay’ plotlines (Vulture)

Ronald Brownstein on the decline of the Mountain West Democrat (National Journal)

Matt Thompson on what news organizations could learn from Wikipedia (Nieman Reports)

Kevin Carey on what online education means for universities (The Washington Monthly)

Michael Berube on the future for cultural studies (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

John Podhoretz on how the movie star became irrelevant (The Weekly Standard)

Polly Toynbee on how UK LibDems chose the wrong enemy (The Guardian)

Gail Collins on the dying of the Light (The New York Times)

Amanda Fortini on leveling with Jennifer Aniston (Salon)

Steven Teles on compassionate conservatism (National Affairs)

Myron Magnet on Irving Kristol (City Journal)

Kim Phillips-Fein on the conservative movement (The Nation)

Week 36

Michael Wolff on how The Washington Post resigned to reality (Vanity Fair)

Dave White on televised gayness aplenty (The Advocate)

Max Blumenthal on the roots of Republican lunacy (Democracy Now)

Kim Masters on the Oscar reform backlash (The Daily Beast)

Harold Meyerson on George Will and Bill Kristol (The American Prospect)

Amy Benfer on Levi Johnston (Salon)

Karen Tumulty on Chuck Grassley, wolf in sheep’s clothing (Time)

Jennifer Byrne on dating sites for asexuals (Pop Matters)

Nick Hasted on the end of the road for Oasis (The Independent)

Ruth Marcus on the youthful sins of Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell (The Washington Post)

David Denby on snark (The Guardian)

Week 34:

Thomas Rogers on the fall of the fag hag (Salon)

Jo Becker 0n Ted Olson, conservative marriage equality proponent ( The New York Times)

Steve Chapman on why conservatives are staying mum on gay marriage progress (Reason)

Michael Paulson on why people of faith are warming to Harry Potter (The Boston Globe)

Kent Bernhard jr. on Barack Obama’s commercial viability (Portfolio)

Paul Fahria on reviving print newspapers (American Journalism Review)

Steven Zeitchik on the tactical deliberations behind the fall movie schedule (The Hollywood Reporter)

Rachael Maddow tells Senate Democrats to grow a pair (MSNBC)

Sarah Kliff on recruiting late-term abortion doctors (Newsweek)

Stuart Heritage unloads on Two and a Half Men (The Guardian)

Week 33:


William Bradley on Prop 8 tactics
(Huffington Post)

Jonah Weiner on no homo (Slate)

Catherine Prewitt talks with Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard about capturing Kerouac (Paste Magazine)

Chadwick Matlin on how Facebook will monitor everything you do (The Big Money)

A.O. Scott on the infantilism of summer blockbusters (The New York Times)

Mike Sacks on the history of television’s canned laughter (McSweeney’s)

Caitlin Flanagan on Cosmo feminism (The Atlantic)

David Ulin on how we read now (Los Angeles Times)

Bob Garfield on the community organizer pioneer who inspired the Republican health care noise machine (On The Media)

Michael Calderone on Dana Milbank (Politico)

Tom Nairn on a potential opening for social democracy (Open Democracy)

Week 32

Michael Joseph Gross on Obama’s not-so-gay agenda (The Advocate)

Kevin Baker on the president’s Hoover moment (Harper’s Magazine)

Jack Stevenson on the Danish reception of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (Bright Lights Film Journal)

Owen Gleiberman on John Hughes (Entertainment Weekly)

Questions for Christopher Hitchens (The Walrus)

Jack Shafer on Mouthpiece Theater, one of many recent Washington Post lows (Slate)

Brendan O’Neill on policing pleasure (Reason)

Michael Sokolove on Philadelphia’s under-inked future (New York Times Magazine)

Carrie Dunn on where High School Musical might go from here (The Guardian)

Jason Horowitz on Chuck Schumer, pragmatist (The New York Observer)

Week 31:

Jonah Weiner on the death of music magazines (Slate)

Jason Gross chimes in (PopMatters)

Chris Cillizza on the ‘if not Hillary, then who?’ question (The Fix)

Ezra Klein makes the moral case for health care reform (Washington Post)

Tom Shone on the sobering ta0sk of writing (Intelligent Life)

Nicholson Baker on the Kindle experience (The New Yorker)

Doug Ireland on gay activism pre-Stonewall (In These Times)

Steven Epstein on the anti-gay politics of citizenship (The Nation)

Jesse McKinley on timing the Prop 8 rematch (The New York Times)

Michael Abernethy on ‘playing gay’ (PopMatters)

Matthew Dallek on the myths of Reagan (The American Scholar)

Week 30:

Zachary Pincus-Roth on the elusiveness of box-office records (Brow Beat)

Farhad Manjoo on the future of book-banning (Slate)

All-around pop genius Max Martin on why he’s so good at everything (PopJustice)

Ken Rudin on the origins of the Blue Dog Democrat (NPR)

Jacob Weisberg on what works on the web (Economist)

Salon co-founder Scott Rosenberg on the history of the blogger (Reason)

Michael Massing on how blogging reinvented journalism (The New York Review of Books)

Michael Hirschhorn on the three-way race to the bottom among newsweeklies (The Atlantic)

Johann Hari profiles blogger extraordinaire Andrew Sullivan (Intelligent Life)

Dana Milbank on Democrats sucking up to the NRA (Washington Post)

Gabriel Beltrone on the re-emergence of internet music radio (The Big Money)

Glenn Greenwald on what was missing in the Cronkite obits (Salon)

Garry Wills on William F. Buckley jr. (The Atlantic)

Ryan Gilbey on the overrated-ness of The Blues Brothers (The Guardian)

Week 29:

Peter Biskind on Heath Ledger (Vanity Fair)

Jon Chait on the potency of primary challenges (The New Republic)

Jeffrey Rosen on conservative judicial activism (Time)

Tracy Clark-Flory on a British uproar over honest sex education (Salon)

John Dickerson on redefining bipartisanship (Slate)

Vulture ranks the Potters (New York Magazine)

The Guardian speaks to Brandon Flowers

Margaret Carlson on the political costs of the John Ensign scandal (The Daily Beast)

Dylan Matthews on the wit of Tom Friedman, prince of buzzword darkness (The New Republic)

The best in satire (The Onion)

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