Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

Boot the Reboot

There’s an oft-repeated maxim that alleges there are only seven ideas in the entirety of fiction and that everything we watch and read is based on them. Well, perhaps. In today’s Hollywood, though, they need only one. It’s called the remake.

Not long ago, I heard a rumor that a new version of Ben-Hur — a remake of the Charlton Heston flick, itself a remake of the 1925 silent film adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel — had hit theaters. Skeptical, I headed online to hunt down the trailer, and YouTube, as is its wont, forced me to watch another ad.

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


A MEMORY OF FRANKLIN STREET Heaven surrounded us, all sweetness then, Bright sky and earth, so calm and more than fair; Warm and expansive, welcoming, so when We passed a building it seemed more ...
Politics & Policy


The Wage-Floor Roof of the Working-Class Ghetto Helen Andrews’ review of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir, by J. D. Vance, in the August 15 issue summarizes Vance’s effort to explain the factors ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Whoever used that hammer on Hillary’s phones should loan it to Huma Abedin. ‐ Acting as if it were an arm of the Clinton campaign, the FBI dumped the contents ...


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