Mid-Century Modern

Benjamin Schwarz deconstructs scenes from Mad Men that reveal Don Draper’s vulnerable side

Lights, Camera, Sobriety

James Parker comments on his favorite scenes from the VH1 show

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

Cheap Laughs

The smug satire of liberal humorists debases our comedy—and our national conversation.

Life In (and After) Our Great Recession

Dashed hopes, less sex, even more Sisyphean labor for women—what the histories of the Depression era tell us about middle-class families in crisis, both then and now

Brit Wit

The comic invasion of Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Christian rock crosses over in the City of Brotherly Love.

Out of the Woods



The Bad Girl of Women’s Soccer

Why Hope Solo—loudmouth, showboat, jerk—may be the best thing that’s ever happened to her sport

Of Yield and Abandon


Inbred Jed

The Strenuous Life of a B-Movie Zombie

Woodstock Nation

Revisiting the 1969 mass freak-out, and the documentary that captured it all

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

The Pain of Elizabeth Edwards

A new memoir by the politician’s wife shows that the pain of infidelity pales in comparison to the loss of a child.

Hollywood’s Jewish Avenger

With Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has managed to create something entirely new: a story of emotionally uncomplicated, physically threatening, non-morally-anguished Jews dealing out spaghetti-Western justice to Nazis. It’s a film no Jewish director could have made.

Sex and the Married Man

How Helen Gurley Brown inspired a generation of home-wreckers, and brought down John Edwards

The Shrinking American Car


Nights in Iran

Zombies and Drag Queens

Highlights from Jed Rowen’s strange career

Peace, Love, and Mayhem

James Parker the 1969 Woodstock festival with the violent frenzy unleashed 30 years later


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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