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Anna Sherman’s Version of Tokyo Past and Present Is a Visceral Miso

Anna Sherman’s travel book about Tokyo reads like no other: part history, part fiction, all grounded in fact. A staggering reassembling of an ancient city turned neon metropolis. (Picador)   In her debut travel narrative, The Bells of Old Tokyo, author ... Read the full article
The Lesser Column

The Lesser Column covers a broad spectrum of content. With a focus on film, we also publish reviews of music, books, TV shows, live theatre, and stand-up comedy, as well as occasional pieces of social and cultural commentary. Our reviews don’t give star ratings or "thumbs up/down" and come from a more personal perspective – why what’s on display affected us in the way it did, why it’s good or otherwise, how it fits in a broader cultural context. Here is where you come for informed opinion and analysis. People are often very selective about how and where they find themselves entertained, so we’re offering reasons why you should see, read, hear, and experience something beyond simply what it’s about.

Luz in Review: The Thesis Project That Could

Jason Arment reviews Luz, a supernatural horror film by Tilman Singer that pays homage to horror films that have come before. (Yellow Veil Pictures)

Film Review: Suffering Through Midsommar

Jason Arment reviews Midsommar, a folk horror film by Ari Aster, the same writer and director of the commercially successful Hereditary. (A24 Films)

Film Review: Dogman, “Not Every Dog Gets Its Day”

Jason Arment reviews Dogman, a film about a dog groomer involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone, a former boxer and neighborhood bully. (Magnolia Pictures)

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