In this issue:
"Words of the Year" by Louis Menand: The importance of words.
LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA
"Exposure" by Dana Goodyear: In the wake of scandal, can Hollywood change its ways?
"Bodies at Rest and in Motion" by Siddhartha Mukherjee: The puzzle was not that my father was dying. It was that he was still alive.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Been There" by Louis Menand: The Presidential election of 1968.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Bespoke" by Anthony Lane: A review of The Phantom Thread.