Death is the Curator: An interview with Guillermo del Toro

by Lauren Wilford

"While we’re alive, we’re painting. And when we die, death is the curator of our exhibit."



Featured essays

The Lines of Power

Gray Hendryx on All The President's Men

"All the President’s Men evokes a quiet, pervasive anguish. It pulses like the buzzing of high-tension wires in a low-rent neighborhood."

Wires and Lights in a Box

Christopher Fraser on Good Night, and Good Luck.

"When things begin to fall apart, Murrow’s producer murmurs “we might as well go down swinging”, but the implication is that everything that Murrow represents is already lost."

A Wilderness of Tigers

Andrew Root on Titus

"Titus, at the depths of his woe, laughs, for he has not another tear to shed. It’s left up to the viewer to decide whether to go mad or become incredibly sane in the face of an insane world."

Roll, Jordan, Roll

Matt Brennan on 12 Years a Slave

"I do not have an answer to the question of where history ends and fiction begins, where our obligations fall when it comes to our past, or to our art, where understanding what happened becomes understanding that we will never exactly understand what happened."