Manuel Betancourt

Manuel Betancourt is a freelance writer based out of New York. He earned his PhD delving into the history and cultural significance of queer fandom. He’s a pop culture enthusiast interested in media representation. You can follow his musings at @bmanuel and his work over at


Mike Nichols’s Disappearing Act

"Becoming Mike Nichols" feels like part of a posthumous retrospective that attempts to return to Nichols the critical plaudits that greeted his early career...

Being Brando

Stevan Riley's documentary "Listen to Me Marlon" is an examination of Marlon Brando, a rare vanity project that arrived 11 years after the actor's death....

Whose Criticism? On A. O. Scott’s “Better Living Through Criticism”
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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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