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Film festivals are rarely short on coming of age movies, and this year’s New York Film Festival has a number of high-profile filmmakers trying their hand at the genre – some for the first time. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name arrives with the loudest advance buzz from its screenings at Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, and through its setting “somewhere in Northern Italy,” it plays a little bit like a more tender, youthful...
It's been almost 50 years since Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later senator from New York, released the Moynihan Report, which, among other things, not only emphasized the importance of intact nuclear families, but also pathologized those headed by single mothers. Though Moynihan's study focused exclusively on African-American families and was (not just in retrospect, but also clearly at the time) the kind of "social science" that has been used over and over...
There are books that you read and know will stay with you forever—books that you give to your friends so that they can talk about them too, that you wish more than anything you could have given to your younger self. Ariel Schrag's debut novel, ADAM, is one of those books. Schrag—an acclaimed writer and cartoonist, whose graphic memoirs also fall into the essential reading camp—tackles issues of identity and sexuality, the things that make us...

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