Culture

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. 

Korean Lit Comes to America

The country frets that it trails China and Japan, which have won literary Nobels.

Why Lara Logan Won't Lose Her Job

She's a rising star, and CBS doesn't fear liberals the way it fears conservatives.

When Robots Take Over, What Happens to Us?

We interviewed James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, to see what happens when we're no longer the most intelligent inhabitants of Earth.

12 Years a Female Slave—Not Coming to a Theatre Near You

We can't fully understand American slavery and its legacy without mining the diversity of enslaved experience in scholarship as well as film.

Bretton Woods Revisited

John Maynard Keynes’s monetary strategy was awkward and utopian. Don’t underestimate what it accomplished.

Soul Food's Contested History

Does a new account with recipes get it right?

Dave Eggers Is Worried about America

The famously hopeful novelist's move to dystopian fiction in The Circle.

 

Mailer's Mark

His writing turned out to be mortal. But in post–World War II American culture, he’s still a giant.  

Lou Reed's Incorrigible Genius

The legendary singer-songwriter of the Velvet Underground died Sunday. 

The False Glow of Remembered Childhood

The next time somebody says "Things were more innocent when I was a kid," tell them to wake up.

Jezebel Grew Up

The website used upstart humor to teach feminism to a generation. Now it’s a media “influencer.”  

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