Culture

History Lessons

When historian Tony Judt cared passionately about a problem he was able to redefine its terms. Pity he didn't care about a few more things.

Why Politicos Love "Game of Thrones"

The show satisfies the teenage cynic in all of us who thinks only sex, ambition, and revenge matter at the top.

Someone's Lucky Day

Or maybe their unluckiest.

The Making of a Madman

A.N. Wilson's new biography explains how losing money, mother, and mind created Hitler.

A Life Without Compromise

Beware of Mr. Baker tells the fascinating story of a genius drummer, and offers a tale of caution for those with that dangerous combination of talent and seeming invincibility.

Barbarians at the Transom

Lionel Shriver's The New Republic is a provocative and satiric novel about—of all things—terrorism. 

Mad 21st Century Men

The world of Mad Men still feels familiar despite the show's long hiatus.

Lost Opportunities

In filming the Hunger Games as a straightforward adaptation, director Gary Ross misses a chance to comment on class and inequality.

Woody Guthrie at 100—at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen and others paid tribute to the legend.

Six Seasons and a Movie!

Community finally comes back on the air tonight to finish up its third season, and it's kind of a big deal for the show's rabid fans.

Hell's Belles

Tracking the teen heroines of the new dystopian thrillers

A Nightstick Turned into a Song

Two new books and a documentary cue up the soundtrack of the black-power movement.

McCain's Oops Moment

HBO's Game Change depicts a 2008 campaign team desperately trying to cover up the shortcoming of its vice-presidential pick.

The Republican Socialist

A new biography shows that Dwight Eisenhower was a more cunning and active president than he gets credit for. 

The Part of Silence That Can Be Spoken

Jeanette Winterson’s fairy-tale search for a mother

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