Today we’re running five essays on Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained. The intention of running so many was not to give Django a disproportionate amount of coverage, but to reflect the controversy and conversation the film has sparked: I’ve overheard 80-year-old men in Speedos talking about it at my swim club, and a thread on my own Facebook page got so heated that I almost quit social media entirely. The scope of these essays spans love, hate, and ambivalence, and I hope they give a kaleidoscopic view of a film whose controversy exhibits just how much more thinking and talking and writing needs to be done.

Take #1 –Larry Fahey can’t wait for Quentin Tarantino to grow up.

Take #2 – Melissa Chadburn provides a personal reflection on Django and folds in the views of friend Ty Hardaway, who loved the film.

Take #3 – Nicholas Rombes touches on Sontag, Cornel West, and George Fitzhugh in his multi-lensed review.

Take #4 – Ade Adeniji reviews Django, tying in the 1975 film Mandingo, Malcolm X, Spike Lee and more.

Take #5 – My review of Tarantino’s good intentions, and the responsibility of the artist.

Anisse Gross is a writer, editor, artist and question asker living in San Francisco. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Believer, Lucky Peach, Buzzfeed, Brooklyn Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She openly welcomes correspondence, friendship, surprises and paid work. More from this author →