ARTS

The creative spirit, and how it moves us.

New Movie Finds “No Escape” From Controversy. Here's What the Filmmakers Have to Say About It.
by Christopher Zumski Finke
I interviewed the filmmakers of "No Escape" to see if they think their movie is racist. Spoiler alert: They don't.
This Artist Collects Your Worst Fears and Turns Them Into Something Great
by Alexa Strabuk
The Fear Project uses art to visually interpret the parts of life that scare us the most, normalizing fear as a part of ourselves.
The Crunch: The Hackers Behind DIY Gynecology (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Mexican artist turns guns into a force for good, Banksy turns Disneyland into something dismal, and GynePunks bring open-source gynecology to the masses.
Sad Puppies, Rabid Chauvinists: Will Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi’s Biggest Awards?
by Miles Schneiderman
More and more women have been nominated for Hugo Awards in recent years—until this year. Here’s what’s at stake.
The Rad History Book Every Girl (and Boy) Should Have on Her Bookshelf
by Lindsey Weedston
A new feminist children's book honors 26 awesome women who changed the world.
New David Foster Wallace Movie Shows a Regular Guy Who Happens to Be a Genius—That’s Why It Works
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Jason Segel steers away from his usual funny guy persona in "The End of the Tour," and plays the late "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace.
One Poem That Saved a Forest
by Jacqueline Suskin
How the friendship between a poet and a timber baron kept a grove of California redwoods from clear-cutting.
All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema
by Christopher Zumski Finke
"The Tribe" has no spoken dialogue at all—viewers must search for meaning through body language and emotion. This is why it works.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon Hayes
In his new book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For geographer and author M Jackson, knowing climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too.
How a Bronx Theater Uses Avant-Garde Theater to Teach Everyday Activism
by Araz Hachadourian
Whether the crisis is AIDS or cyber-bullying, Pregones Theater’s empathy-based theater techniques help young people rehearse for action.
Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism
by Araz Hachadourian
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin Moe
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'Auria
“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present
by Wendell Berry
In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.