A Western is identifiable by people on horseback in the West, and a musical involves singing and dancing. But what characterizes film noir? Richard Brody on the elusive genre: http://nyr.kr/1A6z3wz
“The term ‘film noir’ has come down to us as a product of a subordinate strain of French criticism, different from the one that came to dominate cinematic discourse with the concept of auteurism, as well as to dominate filmmaking itself through the innovations of the New Wave. It had no currency among Hollywood filmmakers of the forties and fifties, for the simple reason that French criticism over-all had little influence in the U.S. until the rise of the New Wave.”
"Everywhere I have been as a coach, I always pick one who knows the club and knows the culture, because I think it’s very important. I want to know the culture, so he can show me that. He also knows the best players, the talented boys in the youth system, so he can help me a lot. And I can help him to be a very good manager in the future."
In the magazine this week, Kelefa Sanneh profiles the controversial U.F.C. star Ronda Rousey: http://nyr.kr/1n9ZDiz
“She smiles often, squinting so tightly that her eyes disappear. She cries easily, a girlhood habit she never outgrew. And before each fight she glares at her opponent as if she were getting ready to put a permanent end to a lifelong feud. After the fight, she is all smiles again, and usually unblemished. ‘Somebody told me once that it’s the pretty fighters you have to watch out for,’ she says, slyly. “‘If someone’s all gnarled and mangled up, obviously they’ve been getting hit a lot.’”