The picks of the week from around the web.

  • London Review of Books: “The Darwin Show” Steven Shapin examines the phenomenon that was the Darwin year, the multifarious contexts in which Darwin takes centre stage these years, as well as the man and his work in this bravura effort.
  • David Bordwell: “Kurosawa’s Early Spring”. A reluctant if incisive analysis of Kurosawa’s early work and his innovations in editing. A fine start to the Kurosawa centenary this year.
  • Tom Spurgeon: “A Blind Man’s Elephant in the Room”. If you hadn’t noticed, this is a golden age for the comic book medium. Spurgeon points to the obvious we might have missed in this invigorating essay.