Culture

Outsider Art Heads Indoors

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

LBJ and Dallas's Mink Coat Mob

In an excerpt from their book, Dallas 1963, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis recount an ugly November 1960 confrontation between the vice presidential candidate and some the city's wealthy, conservative citizens. 

LBJ and Dallas's Mink Coat Mob

In an excerpt from their book, Dallas 1963, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis recount an ugly November 1960 confrontation between the vice presidential candidate and some the city's wealthy, conservative citizens. 

"Double Down" Was Written for Morning Joe—Not Posterity

The campaign books of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are not designed to be read. They are written as fodder for cable TV news. 

Why Lara Logan Won't Lose Her Job

She's a rising star, and CBS doesn't fear liberals the way it fears conservatives.

When Robots Take Over, What Happens to Us?

We interviewed James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, to see what happens when we're no longer the most intelligent inhabitants of Earth.

Dave Eggers Is Worried about America

The famously hopeful novelist's move to dystopian fiction in The Circle.

 

Mailer's Mark

His writing turned out to be mortal. But in post–World War II American culture, he’s still a giant.  

Lou Reed's Incorrigible Genius

The legendary singer-songwriter of the Velvet Underground died Sunday. 

The False Glow of Remembered Childhood

The next time somebody says "Things were more innocent when I was a kid," tell them to wake up.

Jezebel Grew Up

The website used upstart humor to teach feminism to a generation. Now it’s a media “influencer.”  

The Seven Stages of Important Black Film Fatigue

For the black filmgoer, movies like 12 Years a Slave aren't mere popcorn fare—anger, annoyance, and vulnerability often follow when history is commodified by Hollywood.

Dick Cheney Still Thinks He Was a Character on "24"

The former vice president reminds us of what a hard time Bush administration officials had distinguishing between fantasy and reality.

Don't Kill Your Darlings!

The fact that you love them doesn't mean they're worthless. Maybe you're right!

Writing the Best Story that She Can

The Prospect talks with Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award winner and author of the recently published memoir, Men We Reaped.

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