Culture

The Moment of Creation

Do America’s current challenges in the Middle East trace back to Harry Truman’s 1948 missteps?  

Campaigns and the Human Condition

"Mitt" reminds us that seeing a candidate's "true" self is impossible, no matter who he is.

Stevie Sings for Martin Luther King

How Stevie Wonder and Coretta Scott King worked in perfect harmony to beat Jesse Helms and create a national holiday.

Why Are So Many People Still Protective of Woody Allen?

Ronan and Mia Farrow took to Twitter to express their outrage after the director was honored at Sunday's Golden Globes, but why hasn't he gotten more grief from the film-world establishment?

Pope Francis's "Cardinal" Rules

Thinking about Otto Preminger's film 50 years later in the context of Pope Francis.

The Man Who Knew Too Little

A CIA memoir whose emptiness is something to contemplate

"Spring Breakers" Was the Best Movie of the Year. Seriously.

It was imbecilic but gorgeous—just like America. 

The Coen Brothers' Goodbye Song

Inside Llewyn Davis deepens the duo's turn from satire to elegy

Sondheim Looks Back

The composer reflects on his storied Broadway career in a new HBO documentary. 

CNN Losing Interest in News

Their leader says he wants more of "an attitude and a take." It's actually not a bad idea.

Outsider Art Heads Indoors

Did Banksy's New York City sojourn leave behind a renewed appreciation for off-the-wall art? Maybe. Maybe not.

LBJ and Dallas's Mink Coat Mob

In an excerpt from their book, Dallas 1963, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis recount an ugly November 1960 confrontation between the vice presidential candidate and some the city's wealthy, conservative citizens. 

LBJ and Dallas's Mink Coat Mob

In an excerpt from their book, Dallas 1963, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis recount an ugly November 1960 confrontation between the vice presidential candidate and some the city's wealthy, conservative citizens. 

"Double Down" Was Written for Morning Joe—Not Posterity

The campaign books of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are not designed to be read. They are written as fodder for cable TV news. 

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