Basilio Korman / 07 Jul 2023

Twilight of a Populist

The End of Silvio Berlusconi

It’s often written that Silvio Berlusconi’s political fortunes lasted almost thirty years, from 1994 to his death in 2023. But this is not true.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 28 Jun 2023

Back to the Future

Decisive Pink’s Ticket to Fame

Ticket to Fame, the debut LP by avantpop duo Decisive Pink, isn’t likely to take them far. But the band's refusal to follow the playbook for success gives the record a staying power that hit-minded music rarely achieves.(...)

Henrietta Foster / 19 Jun 2023

Sex and the Gallery

Painted Love, Wedding Cake and Ugly Duchess

June is busting out all over, so love must be in the air. Or rather, it's a less romantic version - coupling, whether conscious or unconscious.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 14 Jun 2023

Genre Bending

Bendik Giske, Self-Titled

Even more than Bendik Giske’s previous recordings, the Norwegian saxophonist’s eponymous new album brings out the instrument’s remarkable potential as a rhythm section.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 12 Apr 2023

Fear of Fascism

Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr

Carl Dreyer’s 1932 film Vampyr is as remarkable for what it leaves out as what it puts in. Although full of shots that linger in memory like a bright light does after you close your eyes, the film’s greatest achievement is its refusal to follow the rules of its genre.(...)

John Foster / 31 Mar 2023

Italy After Neoliberalism

Mussolini’s Grandchildren, by David Broder

Giorgia Meloni’s election win in September 2022 was a watershed moment in history. Coming from Italy’s postfascist right, Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia (FdI) was the first party to overcome the antifascist nostrums that had been integral to European politics since 1945.(...)

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