How R.E.M.’s almost-utterances allowed listeners to find their own meaning
A new film adaptation of John leCarré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy prompts a look at the various incarnations of his greatest character, George Smiley.
The secret of Modern Family’s runaway success: it’s just a sitcom.
Our obsession with musical nostalgia is strangling pop.
It’s the rare star who can withstand the predatory cameras of TMZ on TV.
The godless charm of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm
The secret formula of Animal Planet: it’s all about us.
A dispatch from the Violent Torpedo of Truth tour
A new short story by the author, "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive," is featured in the May 2011 issue of The Atlantic
Dark and disturbing, the music is honest about human nature
Why we can’t get the undead off our brains
Justin Bieber found teenybop perfection with an insolent naturalness, a shimmer of religious transcendence, and a mastery of social media. Can he make the moment last?
In SportsCenter, ESPN’s increasingly arcane and anarchic highlights program, the fan still finds solace—even order—in chaos.
Inside the home—in Dummerston, Vermont—where the recorder of Empire created his most-classic tales
Miscast in the age of viral humor, the late-night star remains eternally freaky—and oddly reassuring.
Why a 47-year-old English sci-fi show is suddenly an American hit
As Johnny Knoxville and friends release their newest film, has everyone finally wearied of their absurdist, violent, and sublime daredevilry? Or is it now in our cultural DNA?
Cheesy, clichéd, and still strangely bewitching, soap operas are falling victim to their own bastard children.
On The Shining’s 30th anniversary, a visit to the hotels that inspired Stephen King’s novel— and the Stanley Kubrick film he scorned