Culture

Jezebel Grew Up

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

The Seven Stages of Important Black Film Fatigue

For the black filmgoer, movies like 12 Years a Slave aren't mere popcorn fare—anger, annoyance, and vulnerability often follow when history is commodified by Hollywood.

Dick Cheney Still Thinks He Was a Character on "24"

The former vice president reminds us of what a hard time Bush administration officials had distinguishing between fantasy and reality.

Don't Kill Your Darlings!

The fact that you love them doesn't mean they're worthless. Maybe you're right!

Writing the Best Story that She Can

The Prospect talks with Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award winner and author of the recently published memoir, Men We Reaped.

The Conflicted Gay Pioneer

Donald Webster Cory's 1951 landmark book, The Homosexual in America, inspired early activists. Then he disavowed its message. 

You’re Tearing Us Apart, Tommy!

Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s new book, The Disaster Artist, basks in the delightful weirdness of The Room and its chief architect.

Michael Bay Blows Up Detroit

What does the film industry's relationship with the bankrupt city say about Detroit's future?

Why Liberals Love TV's Fictional Conservatives

ABC's Scandal makes us root for a fundamentally despicable version of American democracy led by a cabal of corrupt Republicans run amok. Should we feel guilty? 

The Missing Piece in Coverage of Texas Evolution Controversies

We hear plenty about the young-earth creationists trying to keep students from hearing about evolution. But what about the moral culpability of the textbook publishers?

Breaking Bad's Endgame

The finale is destined to underwhelm not just because of unreasonable expectations but because the show’s integrity won’t let it do otherwise.

Why "Duck Dynasty" Became the Latest Conservative Cultural Touchstone

Right-wing political figures fall all over themselves to sing the praises of the wacky Robertson clan, the reality TV stars of the moment.

The Conversation: What’s the Best Way to Die?

A doctor and a journalist wrestle with our health-care system’s troubled relationship with death.

The Strategy that Dare Not Speak Its Name

A new book from Ken Pollack unpacks the potential ways the United States could move forward with Iran, and why containment may be the least bad option we have.

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