Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

Monster Mash

Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant (Mark Rogers/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Does everything need explanation, a backstory, a neat and tidy timeline of how it came to be? Imagination feeds on lacunae, on extra stories half-glimpsed in the background of the main one, on fragments of a world that make it seem bigger than just the main adventure, on mysteries at the heart of that adventure that linger unexplained.

To me, Aragorn singing an old elven lay in Lord of the Rings is worth most of the pages of actual elven history in The Silmarillion, and one of the saddest parts of the Star Wars prequels was the way they took resonant

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Books, Arts & Manners




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The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

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