Phillip Maciak is a cultural critic and the TV editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to LARB — where he co-founded the “Dear Television” column — his television, film, and literary criticism has appeared in Slate, The New Republic, Film Quarterly, The Week, and a variety of other venues. He is the author of a book about religion and early cinema called The Disappearing Christ: Secularism and the Silent Era (Columbia University Press, 2019). He is currently at work on a book about moral panics and screen time. He teaches in English and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.