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Theaters in Hungary Feel the Chill of Viktor Orban’s Culture War – The New York Times
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That has prompted fears among many in the Hungarian arts scene — which has a strong theatrical tradition and has been a pillar of free speech even under Communism — that artistic freedom is at risk. The government department in charge of culture dismissed the fears about a threat to artistic integrity as “opposition agitation” […]

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How ‘Pose’ perfectly re-creates the queer ball culture of 1990 New York
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On a Tuesday morning in late June, a party was going on in the South Bronx. In a desolate corner of the borough, lined with self-storage facilities and truck yards, hundreds of extras in sequins and glitter stood on a soundstage meticulously constructed to resemble a theater in downtown Manhattan. “The next category is femme […]

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Opinion | What Will You Do When the Culture War Comes for You? – The New York Times
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Journalists who build followings online, in part by being incisive, combative, funny and omnipresent on Twitter, are often hired because of that exposure — because they’re a known quantity. At a larger organization, though, those same attributes may quickly be seen as a liability. Publications hire diverse outspoken writers and then get anxious when these […]

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A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War – The New York Times
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Kentucky was a logical place for the group to use as its test market. The election on Tuesday is one of the few statewide elections taking place before 2020. It leans to the right. And Mr. Bevin, the Republican incumbent governor, has had difficulty shoring up his conservative base. The group says it is spending […]

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From the Country’s New Poet Laureate, Poems Reclaiming Tribal Culture – The New York Times
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AN AMERICAN SUNRISEPoemsBy Joy Harjo In June, after decades as a significant presence for poetry readers, Joy Harjo was named United States poet laureate. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, she’s the first indigenous poet to hold the post. This is overdue, and political: a reminder to those who view America as a white […]

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Fort Worth Embraces Its Cowboy Culture – The New York Times
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“It’s very much a part of our identity,” Mr. Bass said. “And I think we’ll continue to definitely celebrate that.” At the same time, the arena was designed to help Fort Worth attract major events with a variable seating system that can expand its capacity from 9,300 for rodeos to 14,000 for concerts. Consequently, Dickies […]

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Rapper Is Jailed for 12 Days in Russia as a Culture War Spreads – The New York Times
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The legal proceedings against Mr. Kuznetsov were widely criticized. Aleksei A. Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure — whose recent protests have attracted a young demographic akin to Mr. Kuznetsov’s fan base — said that the government needed to be confronted over any attempt to limit free speech. Speaking on his YouTube talk show, Mr. Navalny […]

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Opinion | The Coronavirus Makes Our Old Culture Wars Look Quaint – The New York Times
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Let this be a re-calibration, the pandemic as a tuning fork to get back our pitch. What could be a better reminder of what really matters — and what absolutely doesn’t? The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor. We’d like to hear what you think about this or any […]

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