Culture

It's a Wonderful Lie

Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase's ad campaigns portray the institutions as your friendly neighborhood credit union.

Christopher Hitchens, Contradiction

Where did the literary luminary go wrong?

From London, With Angst

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy chronicles the last days of Britain as a superpower.

Snobs Like Us

When did cultural disdain become the province of the left?

Why Are They So Angry?

An Israeli dove in Jewish America

A Quick-Step Forward

Dancing with the Stars challenges ballroom dancing's rigid gender roles.

Decoding Michele Bachmann's New Book

We pick out the top five moments from the presidential contender's new book — so you don't have to.

The Showman

This "lost" interview shows Steve Jobs as an incredibly charismatic figure.

Reality Check

TLC's new show, All-American Muslim, could educate the public about Islam — or not.

Cold Warrior

No single person encapsulates the drama, the deadly confrontations, and the self-destructive follies of the Cold War better than George Kennan.

Who Has the Castle Now?

A new biography gives Kurt Vonnegut his due.

Beautiful Annihilation

Director Lars von Trier's latest film asks: What do you do when the world's coming to an end?

What's in a Name?

Urban Outfitters removes the word "Navajo" from its product line, but the cultural poaching is the same.

Are You Pink- or Blue-Brained?

Despite what popular psychology says, there's little evidence boys and girls learn differently.

The Family Album

A journal of grief and aging, Blue Nights is missing Joan Didion's razor-sharp prose.

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