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In Cuban Film and in Real Life, Defecting Tempts the Young Una Noche

In Cuban Film and in Real Life, Defecting Tempts the Young

Two recent movies dramatize struggles to leave the island—just as two actors decide themselves to do so.

During the 1992 Riots, Los Angeles' Pro Basketball Teams Kept Playing AP Images

During the 1992 Riots, Los Angeles' Pro Basketball Teams Kept Playing

Both the Lakers and the Clippers were in the playoffs that year, and their games bookended the city's massive upheaval.

You'd Like Norah Jones When She's Angry EMI/Bluenote

You'd Like Norah Jones When She's Angry

'Little Broken Hearts,' her new album with Danger Mouse, shows the singer at her most wounded.

Alison Bechdel's Sad, Funny, Sprawling Graphic Memoir Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Alison Bechdel's Sad, Funny, Sprawling Graphic Memoir

With "Are You My Mother?," the writer examines her past, using journal entries, psychological theories, and her own memories.

What's So Crazy About an Arranged Marriage? Reuters

What's So Crazy About an Arranged Marriage?

Nell Freudenberger's new novel, "The Newlyweds," tells the story of a couple that marries for practical—not romantic—reasons. Is that really such a bad idea?

Boy Bands Were Way Edgier in the '90s 'N Sync

Boy Bands Were Way Edgier in the '90s

Two UK groups are storming pop with earnest paeans to teenage girls. That's actually not what Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync did.

The Death of Must See TV: A Former Executive on NBC's Rise and Fall NBC

The Death of Must See TV: A Former Executive on NBC's Rise and Fall

A conversation with Warren Littlefield, who ran NBC's entertainment division from 1993 to 1998

How a 5-Year-Old Foreign Film Sparked a Free-Speech Fight in Tunisia Sony Pictures Classics

How a 5-Year-Old Foreign Film Sparked a Free-Speech Fight in Tunisia

The trial against a broadcaster who aired Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis' provides a test case for arts freedoms after the Arab Spring.

Wait, Why Am I Directing a Movie? Shutterstock / Lou Oates

Wait, Why Am I Directing a Movie?

The first dispatch from a newbie film director who'll be chronicling his shoot for The Atlantic

The NFL Draft Is Still a Crapshoot Reuters

The NFL Draft Is Still a Crapshoot

All the algorithms in the world can't predict who will succeed and fail in pro football.

Hockey's New Battle Against Homophobia Reuters

Hockey's New Battle Against Homophobia

In the year since player Sean Avery voiced his support of gay marriage, the sport has gotten more tolerant—but the fight is just beginning.

Pop Culture's Undying Edgar Allan Poe Obsession Relativity Media

Pop Culture's Undying Edgar Allan Poe Obsession

The long-gone author who inspired 'The Raven' has 251 movie- or TV-writing credits and counting.

The Secret History of Secret Societies Feral House

The Secret History of Secret Societies

The book 'Ritual America' catalogues the quirks and artifacts of Freemasons, Elks, and their ilk.

Are Indie Movies Getting Too Pretty? Detropia

Are Indie Movies Getting Too Pretty?

As HD cameras gain ubiquity, arthouse flims are starting to all look the same.

Marnie on 'Girls': TV's Latest Beautiful Control Freak HBO

Marnie on 'Girls': TV's Latest Beautiful Control Freak

Like Mad Men's Betty and Charlotte from Sex and the City before her, Marnie is flawless on the outside but neurotic on the inside.

Jack White's Women Problem AP Images

Jack White's Women Problem

'Blunderbuss' doubles down on the White Stripes' singer's long lyrical campaign against females he can't control.

Book Reviews: A Tortured History Falconia/Shutterstock

Book Reviews: A Tortured History

Why do lovers of literature take such joy in criticizing the critics?

Reviving a Forgotten Journalism Icon on Stage AP

Reviving a Forgotten Journalism Icon on Stage

The new play explores the life of a luminary who, in the midst of a changing news culture, lost his way.

The Return of the Novella, the Original #Longread Melville House

The Return of the Novella, the Original #Longread

Longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, the form has been the ugly stepchild of the literary world. But that's starting to change.

'Dempsey and Firpo': The Greatest American Sports Painting

'Dempsey and Firpo': The Greatest American Sports Painting

A lithograph of George Bellows's masterpiece is up for auction this week.

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