Les Paul and Leo Fender were fierce competitors. Their rivalry led them both in the same direction—toward the creation of the solid-bodied instrument that changed the course of rock music.
Three recent novels demonstrate how fiction can deftly capture the long-term effects of sexual assault and harassment.
Just as cells are the building blocks of the human body, a painting’s points, lines, colors, and tensions are the building blocks of its life.
The fast-food dinner Trump hosted was also an argument: about government, about political messaging, about himself.
A biography published 100 years after the composer’s death reveals the worldly trials of an artist known for his airy fantasies.
The author is best known for arguing that emotional connection could help heal America’s racial divides. But his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk focused instead on the bonds that held black people together.
A lush book of recipes pays homage to the inventive culinary contributions of enslaved African women.
From Lauryn Hill to Cameron Post to Tara Westover, 2018 repeatedly asked the question, What does it mean to teach a person to surrender?
The writer-illustrator, whose darkly comic works remain enormously influential today, disdained explanation in favor of the playfully irrational.
A new biography squares the decorous legal figure with the feminist gladiator.
Pan-seared steak with za’atar chimichurri, curried lamb ribs, and a host of other inventive dishes from this year’s top food bibles
A new collection of essays attempts to lend some objective shape to a timeless-seeming challenge: the ongoing balance of voice and form.
The Circuit, Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s latest book, deftly chronicles tennis’s 2017 season with a joyful reverence.
Inspired by his one-man show, Latin History for Morons, the comedian recommends three books that challenge one-sided narratives of the past.
A new book shows that many of the director’s musical achievements were the result of unrecognized collaboration.
Future Sounds, a new book on the history of machine-made pop and classical songs, suggests that the radical power of the synthetic has largely been forgotten.
Good-bye to All That is arguably the war veteran and literary stalwart’s best work, but a new biography ignores its impact.
The writer and critic has found a cult following with her podcast, You Must Remember This, unpacking the myths to show age-old stories and stars in a new light.
A recent book by Emmanuel Iduma expands what writing about the continent can be by paying extraordinary attention to the ebbs and flows of human connection.
His champions now span the ideological spectrum, but left and right miss the tensions in his views.