Fierce, cocky, and built for stardom, Marlen Esparza prepares to fight for the gold at this summer’s Olympic debut of women’s boxing.
Charting the new globe-trotting science of moviemaking
Dwight Macdonald shows us that only a great writer can be a great critic.
Why the latest hyped-up work of staggering genius fizzles
How the comedian Louis C.K. became America’s unlikely conscience
Learning to free dive off Hawaii’s Kona Coast takes iron lungs and steely nerves.
Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control, the hip-hop superstar Kanye West allowed his antics to turn him into a national joke and to earn him the criticism of two American presidents. Would a massive concert tour with his friend and rival Jay-Z offer the troubled rapper a taste of redemption—or disaster?
Never mind that they’re now among the most lucrative forms of entertainment in America, video games are juvenile, silly, and intellectually lazy. At least that’s what Jonathan Blow thinks. But the game industry’s harshest critic is also its most cerebral developer, a maverick bent on changing the way we think about games and storytelling. With his next release, The Witness, Blow may cement his legacy—or end his career. In a multibillion-dollar industry addicted to laser guns and carnivorous aliens, can true art finally flourish?
The complexities and conundrums of reading Philip Roth’s work as autobiography
HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, represents a triumph of storytelling.
How nightlife changed Western culture, plus why New Zealand is better than the U.S.
How brand-management theory persuaded a college star to put off the NBA
The new science of fielding
The story behind Christopher Hitchens’s March 2012 essay
Two books uncover the romance and adventure of archaeology.
The charming, sinister G. K. Chesterton
How Goosebumps outlasted Harry Potter by terrifying fourth-graders and mocking their parents
A library bets on future literary stars.