Culture

George Packer's U.S.A.

The author's chronicle of solitary Americans after the financial crash is nostalgic—but for what, exactly? 

Country Noir

Frank Bill and the new violent Midwestern fiction

The New Deal That Could Have Been

How the white-supremacist South made possible the New Deal—and drastically curtailed it.

Tired of TV's Golden Age?

Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color shows why we still need the movies.

Obama: The Republicans' Devil

What the resemblence between the president and the History Channel's Prince of Darkness says about today's GOP.

Ashes to Ashes—The 3D Edition

When you buy a ticket to a movie called Pompeii, expecting art or even brains would be fatuous; what you want is a good time. Sue me for confessing I had one. 

Campaigns and the Human Condition

"Mitt" reminds us that seeing a candidate's "true" self is impossible, no matter who he is.

Why Are So Many People Still Protective of Woody Allen?

Ronan and Mia Farrow took to Twitter to express their outrage after the director was honored at Sunday's Golden Globes, but why hasn't he gotten more grief from the film-world establishment?

Pope Francis's "Cardinal" Rules

Thinking about Otto Preminger's film 50 years later in the context of Pope Francis.

The Man Who Knew Too Little

A CIA memoir whose emptiness is something to contemplate

"Spring Breakers" Was the Best Movie of the Year. Seriously.

It was imbecilic but gorgeous—just like America. 

The Coen Brothers' Goodbye Song

Inside Llewyn Davis deepens the duo's turn from satire to elegy

CNN Losing Interest in News

Their leader says he wants more of "an attitude and a take." It's actually not a bad idea.

Outsider Art Heads Indoors

Did Banksy's New York City sojourn leave behind a renewed appreciation for off-the-wall art? Maybe. Maybe not.

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