Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

Lacking the Human

Ryan Gosling (right) in First Man (2018 Universal Studios)

With an adequate effects budget it seems impossible — I know, I’m tempting fate — to make a bad and boring movie about the American space program. The earth has spun around the sun 49 times since a gang of Yanks managed to catapult three of their number up to the surface of our satellite, in rockets and landing capsules that today look like something that an obsessive-compulsive welder might have put together in his backyard, and nothing has transpired since to eclipse or even rival the epic cinematic grandeur of their feat. Even the most hackish Hollywood director, the

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Education Section

Books, Arts & Manners


Music Too

Robert Dean Lurie reviews Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry, by Dorothy Carvello.




“I try to learn the prose of life, but my slavish reproduction of its speech is wooden…”


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Illegal leaks of classified information should be treated as a serious offense. But they would be easier to prevent if less information were classified.