Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

Alyssa Rosenberg

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Recent articles by Alyssa:

If you love books, do not cut them in half

Books are unified wholes, and should be read that way. Don't mutilate them. → Read More

The Warren-Sanders feud tells us something much bigger about female presidents

This fight is a proxy for the truth we're too scared to face: just how bad things could get for the first female president. → Read More

What the 2020 Oscar nominations tell us about white men

The Oscars don't really tell us much about what's best in movies. But this year, the nominees sure have a bunch to say about men. → Read More

The dark side of Harry and Meghan’s fairy-tale escape

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex author the latest chapter in the tragic Windsor saga. → Read More

Elizabeth Wurtzel made the case for being impossible

She was a vitally important critic. → Read More

I wanted more ‘Star Wars.’ I got my wish, and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ made me regret it.

The final movie in the Skywalker Saga is bad enough to make me wonder if I ever loved 'Star Wars' in the first place. → Read More

Pamela Karlan told a bad joke. The one we’re playing on ourselves is even worse.

Everyone involved in this mess is ridiculous. → Read More

2019 was a rocky year for superheroes — until ‘Watchmen’ raised the bar for the genre

"Watchmen” and “Joker” illustrate the difference between art that actually challenges its audience and art that simply plays at provocation. → Read More

The scariest scene in ‘Joker’ and the deaths of Botham Jean and Atatiana Jefferson

In its best, most upsetting scene, "Joker" captures what it's like to feel that even your home isn't a safe place. → Read More

The ‘Joker’ discourse is coming. Here’s what you need to know.

Know the facts. And wait until you see the movie. → Read More

Superheroines are nice. But ‘Downton Abbey’ is an equally fulfilling female fantasy.

Women can do the same things as men. But why shouldn't men have domestic ambitions, too? → Read More

We can’t beat the elites. ‘Succession’ lets us hope they might punish themselves.

HBO's horror-comedy lets us imagine a world where it's okay that we can't find justice, because rich people will inevitably destroy themselves. → Read More

‘The Matrix’ is back in theaters. This is what it was like to watch it in 1999.

"The Matrix" was the absolute perfect movie for its moment. Can a sequel hit the same sweet spot? → Read More

Lana Wachowski’s return to “The Matrix” shows pop culture is dull

Hollywood is awash in money, and it's smothering ideas. → Read More

QAnon isn’t just a conspiracy theory. It’s a highly effective game.

The overarching conspiracy theory has spread in part because of how it's designed. People who are concerned with stopping conspiracy theories should pay attention. → Read More

Toni Morrison taught me how to really read

Some books just show you how literature works. → Read More

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ is the perfect expression of American culture in 2019

From hints of diversity, to evil technocrats, to ludicrous action sequences, "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" is a perfect time capsule. → Read More

Giving in to a fan campaign and remaking ‘Game of Thrones’ would have been absurd

There is no way to make a piece of art satisfying to everyone. Fans were asking for the impossible. → Read More

The second season of ‘Big Little Lies’ is the perfect show for the post-#MeToo era

Being wrong, “Big Little Lies” cautions, doesn’t prevent you from talking, and it doesn’t prevent other people from listening. → Read More

We need to know the truth about Jeffrey Epstein and his friends. All of it.

Rich, depraved men are tolerated across the political spectrum. This is a chance to indict everyone, not to score partisan points. → Read More