Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Gentleman Jack’ and ‘Victor’s History’

‘Gentleman Jack’ (HBO) One of the reasons masculinity has done so well hanging on so long beyond any point of positive usability is that we all love a rogue, at least in fiction. But it’s been a misunderstanding that roguishness is a quality reserved for men. Though certainly examples highlighting this mistake have seen light [...]

This Wealthy Woman Was Hanged as a Witch for Speaking Her Mind

A 19th-century illustration depicting the execution of Anne Hibbins in 1656. Frank Thayer Merril/Lynn and Surroundings by Clarence. W. Hobbs/Lewis & Winship Publishers Anne Hibbins was not popular in her Boston community in the mid-1600s. There was her privilege, her demanding standards and her penchant for speaking her mind. When Hibbins’ husband died in 1654, [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Money Heist’ and ‘The Terror’

‘MONEY HEIST’ (NETFLIX) This rollicking, absurd and utterly absorbing Spanish heist thriller is apparently the most-watched foreign language series on Netflix and it’s not hard to see why. The more you suspend your disbelief, the more you are rewarded for doing so. The more you give yourself to the series, the more satisfied you are [...]