‘Joker’ is the latest case of commerce masquerading as art

Defending “Joker” amid pre-release criticism, director Todd Phillips reminded us that art doesn’t always make people comfortable.


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News in Brief: Commerce Secretary Urges Nation To Get In On Piece Of The Action

WASHINGTON—Emphasizing that if Americans want in on this they need to strike while the iron is hot, United States secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker on Thursday urged the nation to get a piece of the action. “Look, there’s loads of bread just waiting to be made here, but Americans need to act fast or you’re going to miss out big time,” said Pritzker, adding that she was offering citizens a chance to get in on the ground floor, while also stressing that the nation would need to get while the getting’s good. “The cash is just lying there on the table. You want to sit around while everyone else is raking it in? Come on, America, sweet action like this doesn’t come along every day. So, what’s it going to be—are you in or out?” Pritzker added that if the U.S. was …



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The Roots Take on Church and Commerce in Surreal 'Understand' Clip

With …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin due out on Monday the Roots are hailing the arrival of their 11th studio album with the release of a trippy new video for the track “Understand” Using stunning stop-motion animation from Joe Baughman the clip combines imagery of church and commerce to illustrate…

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