The Czech writer’s new novel The Festival of Insignificance sees a new specter haunting Europe: a decadent and dying culture.
Two decades after her photographs of her children created a furor, she reveals the curious logic of her art.
America is living in a golden age of television, largely in thanks to cord cutting.
The insidious message of Disney and Nickelodeon
Despite incidents of cheating, taxpayer fleecing, domestic abuse, brain damage, and suicide, America can’t stop watching professional football.
In the art of evading meaningful policy discussions, all political camps have honed their particular styles.
Why the Smithsonian is using 3‑D printing to copy artifacts
The effortless hipness of senior citizens.
A review of “The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless Season” and “33 Days.”
Why the under-40 generation of leading men in the U.S. is struggling—and what to do about it
The influence of geeks with guitars on culture, from DIY to social media
Can Pete Docter’s new movie change the way viewers think about their emotions?
The legendary New Yorker writer freely mixed fact and fiction—much of what he wrote wouldn’t meet today’s fact-checking standards. But maybe literary journalism has lost more than it’s gained.
What MoMA gets right and wrong in its controversial exhibition on the Icelandic pop icon
A new novel portrays the young writer of The Pickwick Papers as a conniving founder of modern mass culture.
In his final novel, Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf proved that he could still speak the language of the young.
Saul Bellow never ceases to give biographers a hard time.
Weighing whether the writer is a real custodian of journalistic values or just an overqualified provocateur
Are Enlightenment ideas messing with your head? Only if you don’t understand them.
Michele A. Roberts, the first female head of the NBA players union and a newcomer to pro sports, prepares take on the league's owners in a battle that could go far beyond basketball.
The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God
Craft distillers put their money where Nancy Fraley’s nose is.
The curious evolution of a slur
“The Joan Didion of Australia” writes a masterful book about a real-life family tragedy.
Adam Thirlwell, a virtuosic young British novelist, indicts the morals of a pampered generation.