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Pete Holmes’s new HBO series is a refreshing break from the darkness of similar prestige shows about the lives of stand-ups.
The 12 Years a Slave director’s video installation Ashes highlights that death is narrative but existence is not.
The Tonight Show host, long derided for his lack of hard-hitting political material, is struggling to stay relevant in 2017.
Zhang Yimou’s CGI epic again demonstrates the downside of movies tailored to a “global audience.”
HBO’s compelling new mystery gives desperate-housewives melodrama an artistic sheen.
The composer of films like Gladiator, Inception, and The Dark Knight has become so ubiquitous, he’s playing at Coachella.
A new history of the most famous lynching in the country provides context on how racism continues to work in the present.
Sweden’s Jens Lekman brings a writerly eye and disco uplift to a new decade on Life Will See You Now.
The renowned etiquette columnist offers an alternative list of virtues for a time when the U.S. president has violated all traditional expectations of statesman‐like behavior.
The Wall, one of many TV game shows currently winning over primetime audiences, stars both plastic balls and American heroes.
In a dazzling, abstract new novel, the Scottish author experiments with time, history, and art to respond to a tumultuous moment.
The Lincoln in the Bardo author dissects the Russian writer’s masterful meditations on beauty and sorrow in the short story “Gooseberries,” and explains the importance of questioning your stance while writing.
Gore Verbinski’s new movie is among the most demented things produced by Hollywood in recent years.
The first season of HBO’s Vatican dramedy portrayed a journey from amplifying suffering to easing it.
Why have many of the president’s critics taken to talking about him without using the words “Donald Trump”?
“Gahgress”? “Mehvolution”? There should be a word for a good thing that takes far, far too long to happen.
How did the genre that once dominated popular music fall from such great heights? The year 1991 may have the answers.