Why a 47-year-old English sci-fi show is suddenly an American hit
H. L. Mencken trained American intellectuals in what to like—and how to rebel.
Patrick Hamilton’s exceptional, and overlooked, novels show that falling in love with the wrong person is misery—and it isn’t much fun for the wrong person either.
America’s most energetic art form owes its success to compulsive singability.
A blind architect relearns his craft.
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?
How a subculture gained the world and lost its soul
Jonathan Franzen’s juvenile prose creates a world in which nothing important can happen.
At the next Junior Eurovision contest, Europe’s most repressive regime will go pop.
The toxin of anti-Semitism isn’t a threat only to Jews.
The inexplicable collapse of a tennis phenom
Cheesy, clichéd, and still strangely bewitching, soap operas are falling victim to their own bastard children.
A measured, sympathetic—and ultimately damning— portrait of the 20th century’s most wickedly funny novelist
On The Shining’s 30th anniversary, a visit to the hotels that inspired Stephen King’s novel— and the Stanley Kubrick film he scorned
A new crop of books suggests that for women, obsession with real estate is replacing obsession with love and marriage.
How the numbers game shaped Harlem
Lady Gaga is simultaneously embodying and eviscerating Pop.