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Elect to revisit these artworks on election night

The writer Toni Morrison once declared that art must be “political and beautiful at the same time.” Since the 2018 midterms are today, arts editors Amir Abou-Jaoude, Shana Hadi and Olivia Popp have selected seven artworks that effortlessly fuse politics and aesthetics.   “Happy Days Are Here Again” There’s an old political adage — a…

‘The Good Place’ brings representation and genius-level comedy to the small screen

Living in a nondenominational, intersectional heavenly afterlife realm filled with flying and fro-yo all the time, expletives banned and a non-human celestial being named Janet who grants all your wishes — what could go wrong? In fact, everything. “The Good Place” is the incredibly clever single-cam sitcom we all need. Eleanor Shellstrop is the antiheroine…

NBC’s hidden gem ‘Welcome to Sweden’ returns for sharp second season

Season two of NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden” whimsically explores the subtle cultural differences between the United States and Sweden as protagonists Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma (Josephine Bornebush) prepare for marriage. Unlike the vignette-style episodes in season one, season two follows one consistent plot — the couple’s wedding struggles — carving out space for deeper…

We’re still talking about Ebola?

We need to be more aware and care, regardless of how far away people are. They are people, and as a result, we have a responsibility to care about what’s going on the world. All of the issues in the world. “It’s too hard,” or “it’s too far away,” or “it’s too overwhelming,” are not adequate excuses and they don’t absolve us of our responsibility to at least know and care to know what’s going on.