You'll have a better time watching Veep if you don't expect the show to tell you much about the real or even "real" Washington.
Why is the new HBO show Girls treated as symbolic of its generation and not other shows?
Anthony Shadid's final book on the remaking of a house in Lebanon
Two new books on why nations gain and lose wealth and power miss the real story.
What's behind the former First Lady and current Secretary of State's image rehabilitation?
A look at the poem that led the Israeli government to declare Gunter Grass a persona non grata.
Looking at Drift from the perspective of defense intellectuals.
TV is overrun with unflattering portrayals of women—where's the uproar?
A critic learns to stop worrying and love the music.
Coming Apart caps three decades of faux concern for the poor.
In 1984, the right's star public intellectual wrote the book that drove welfare reform. Coming Apart is an alibi for his own failed big idea.
The Titanic’s surprisingly timely centenary
A critical look at the state of the American university
The producers of Game of Thrones succeed in writing a disabled character who is more than his disability.
What can we expect from the new Aaron Sorkin series?