Gore Vidal rejoiced in making his readers' lives more complicated by baring the power drives underneath our political pieties. The United States of Amnesia does him, and its audience, no justice.
The author and phenom, with a bajillion Internet viewers, has built an avid Internet following with pep talks on how to be good. What does it mean to live like one of Green's "Nerdfighters"?
Cultural prizes notoriously reward the wrong works for the wrong reasons: On the long list of worthies deprived of the Nobel for literature are Tolstoy, Proust, and Joyce.
Lawsuits are the billionaire brothers’ weapon of choice—against each other—writes Daniel Schulman in his first-rate new bio. But buying our democracy, and maybe killing it, is pure self-interest.
While the latest offering from director Jim Jarmusch may be about blood-sucking bohemians, it's really a lament for the vanishing culture of the Beat Generation and mid-century rock and roll.
One of her work's most salutary effects is its reminder that to cut yourself off from utopian impulses is to die a little.
At the glamorous French film festival, as at the Oscars, women directors are hard to find.
There's a growing backlash against the sci-fi flick, and the critiques aren't necessarily wrong. But you have to understand it in the context of its time.
Why has Fox's pro-torture, 24 TV series not been put out of our misery?
A TV series can only toy with profundity—and not deliver—for so long before the whole thing starts to feel like a shell game.
Nomi Prins’s new book traces America’s propping up of banks since the robber barons.
One Hundred Years of Solitude didn’t just crystalize who García Márquez was; it crystalized who I was.
Want to understand our market-crazed era? Rediscover the 20th century’s most prophetic critic of capitalism.
The former Supreme Court justice has some suggestions for a better democracy in his new book.
If you hear a conservative complaining about Colbert replacing Letterman, he's probably just pretending.