Culture

CSI: David Byrne

An investigation of music’s power by one of its great polymaths

When the Fringe Shapes the Center

During the AIDS crisis, ACT UP's radicalism forced more mainstream gay-rights groups to step up their game.

Laura Is a Punk Rocker

The lead singer of Against Me! changes gender and challenges the male punk scene.

Louis CK's Big Win

Louie's third season on F/X explores the territory of the sitcom man. 

The Great Conservative “No!”

William F. Buckley’s heirs are starving on a red-meat diet.  

How Was the Trailer, Mrs. Lincoln?

A look at the trailer for Spielberg's upcoming Civil War biopic

Bowties Are Cool, but So Are Kickass Female Characters

How women are portrayed in the BBC's Doctor Who

Big Hollywood, Small Toronto

Among big-ticket Oscar contenders, the critic's heart will always be with the overlooked gem.

The Vagina Myth

Naomi Wolf's yoni worship isn't just silly—it's dangerous.

Ghosts of Ballots Past

On Rick Hasen's riveting look at voting wars since Florida—and the anguished history of how we got there in the first place

Norman Mailer Aims for Auteur ... and Falls Way Short

Criterion Collection has released the famed author's not-so-famed entries into the film canon.

No Touchdown for Paterno Biography

Joe Posnanski's new book on the Penn State coach fails to hold him accountable for the Sandusky scandal.

Hooray for Hollywood?

Is it really a font of liberal propaganda?

Breaking Bad TV Expectations

Skyler White and other anti-hero wives have been doused in haterade lately instead of getting the sympathy they deserve.

Kubrick's Vietnam, 25 Years Later

Full Metal Jacket—as well as the rest of the director's canon—still fails to impress, even after a quarter-century intermission.

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