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Dear Fox: Hand over the X-Men franchise slowly

Contrary to public outcry, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t the worst superhero film in just the last three months, let alone its own tedious franchise, but for every one thing it gets right it gets a dozen other things wrong. When you start running that math out for two-plus hours, you’re left with a film destined to…

Broken pencil fragments on yellow paper | Shattered pencil fragments on a yellow legal pad, perhaps symbolizing writer's block

The (Tired) Question of Poetry’s Relevance

Listening to NPR the other morning, I caught Scott Simon interviewing 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo and became incensed. Pardlo availed himself admirably. No surprise there: he has been professional and warmly erudite in every clip of him I have seen to date. The interview, short as it was, was plugging along just fine. And…