Our constant need for entertainment has blurred the line between fiction and reality—on television, in American politics, and in our everyday lives.
Twenty-five years ago, the movie turned tragedy into romance. Today, that alchemy takes on a darker absurdity.
It’s easy to condemn the congressman’s fabrications. Maybe too easy.
Over the past 10 years, the “This Is Fine” dog has evolved from a joke into an indictment.
In the Idaho murders, the real crime has become a “true crime”—an ominous form of interactive entertainment.
The most comforting shows to watch during the coldest season
The year’s most essential series
The show finally got satire right ... with the help of Hello Kitty.
As if on cue, 2022 has reached into its bag and delivered a jolly old elf who slays.
The mercurial Beth Dutton evinces the ruthless clarity of a woman in a man’s world.
Mythology came long ago for the celebrated writer; now it’s coming for her belongings.
The workers on Netflix’s new sitcom are caught, like so many Americans, between a precarious present and an unsteady future.
In a new comedy, Emma Thompson plays a woman who finally sees her body, the actor says, “as her home.” Her victory, in a post-Roe world, takes on the dimensions of tragedy.
Caroline Edwards’s testimony about the January 6 insurrection was a reminder that words can convey truths that even images cannot.
How does the classic work of propaganda hold up? And can its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, deliver decades later?
Why are so many people treating it like one?
Sophie Gilbert, Megan Garber, and Hannah Giorgis discuss Hollywood and the way it depicts abortion (or doesn’t).
Sixty years ago, Helen Gurley Brown’s best-selling book promised women sexual freedom. Today, it reads like an omen.
How the comedy, now 15 years old, foresaw Roe’s looming tragedies
It’s all too easy to forget the victims and glamorize the grifter.
Why resisting distraction is one of the foundational challenges of this moment