The insidious message of Disney and Nickelodeon
What MoMA gets right and wrong in its controversial exhibition on the Icelandic pop icon
Weighing whether the writer is a real custodian of journalistic values or just an overqualified provocateur
The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God
A new book suggests that the love song has always been among the most revolutionary of musical forms.
The hidden-camera show What Would You Do? reveals the persistence of American decency.
Dylan Thomas embodied the essence of poetry—even if his poems themselves have not held up well.
The secret ingredient of Robin Williams’s greatest role: grief
In her memoir, Lena Dunham, the creator of Girls, opens a new chapter in her campaign of self-exposure.
In his new book, Greil Marcus brings us The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs. But rock only needs one—Jimi Hendrix's 1968 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”
From Wes Anderson to Zooey Deschanel to Brooklynites on bicycles, a terrifying aesthetic is overtaking America.
What is the appeal of Minecraft? It’s the limitless creation of one’s own reality.
Forget the recent spate of books on the Fab Four. The only volume you need was published 20 years ago today …
A new biography reveals a William S. Burroughs both ghastlier and more impressive than many previously thought.
Paddy Chayefsky’s iconic 1976 movie created a template for today's era of outrage.
What to make of all these reality programs about pawn stores, storage lockers, and hoarders?
His tableaux of American innocence aren't as simple as they seem.
A prayer journal kept by the writer in her early 20s sheds new light on her biblical ironies.
Not all of New works, but the songs that do are well worth appreciating.
The publication of William Boyd’s new 007 novel, Solo, occasions a reexamination of the superspy’s character—or telling lack thereof.