Culture

The Oscars? Let's Grouch

The Academy Awards grow ever more inconsequential. At least there will be no "we saw your boobs" ditty this year, though. 

Johnny Who?

Here’s Jimmy Fallon, the first late-night host too young to have worshipped Carson.  

The Ink-Stained Wretches of Wall Street

Dean Starkman's The Watchdog That Didn't Bark and the failures of the media during the financial crash. 

A Monumental Failure

Honestly, who on earth thought George Clooney's The Monuments Men was a good idea for a movie? 

The Moment of Creation

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

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.

Sondheim Looks Back

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

Korean Lit Comes to America

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

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?

We Shall Overwhelm

A new book explores when and why America’s rich protest. 

A Twerk Too Far

Somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is appropriating black culture, but she's certainly not the only artist—we've got a long and tangled history of it. 

Nikki Giovanni Remembers 1963 with a New Poem

New work from a legendary writer in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary, and a conversation on growing up during the civil-rights movement

Mo' Children, Mo' Problems

Are the parents of only children selfish? Maybe, but Lauren Sandler’s new book says that's okay.

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