Culture

The Coen Brothers' Goodbye Song

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

Sondheim Looks Back

The composer reflects on his storied Broadway career in a new HBO documentary. 

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.

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. 

Korean Lit Comes to America

The country frets that it trails China and Japan, which have won literary Nobels.

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.

12 Years a Female Slave—Not Coming to a Theatre Near You

We can't fully understand American slavery and its legacy without mining the diversity of enslaved experience in scholarship as well as film.

Bretton Woods Revisited

John Maynard Keynes’s monetary strategy was awkward and utopian. Don’t underestimate what it accomplished.

Soul Food's Contested History

Does a new account with recipes get it right?

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.  

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