Daniel D'Addario

The Veep Is More Popular Than the President

How the worst job in Washington became television's favorite role

If Joe Biden really wants to get the most out of his time as vice president, he should sign a development deal instead of forming an exploratory committee. On television, the Naval Observatory is the hottest real estate since Melrose Place—far more popular, even, than that mansion over on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Has history overtaken the former wild child of sexual conversation?

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Art Imitating Art

Why do so many novelists write about visual art?

Why do so many novelists write about visual art?

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Edward Muybridge: Grandfather of the GIF

How an eccentric photographer invented modern visual culture

The coin of the realm in today’s techno-visual culture is the GIF, a file that supports brief animations repeating endlessly. GIFs had a moment of particular resonance last summer, when extraordinary displays of athleticism from the Olympics were converted from full video into short loops, recurring endlessly, devoid of meaning aside from the aesthetic.

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Emma Donoghue's stories are all explication, a series of novels in miniature.

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Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker prize for a second time, and, as far as we know, no behind-the-scenes wrangling led to her victory. But it wouldn’t have been surprising if some squabbles had taken place. The Booker has always been unusually contentious. So contentious, in fact, that an alternative prize—the “Not the Booker”—was initiated in 2009 by The Guardian to poke fun at the internecine debates and offer a more open contest. At least that was the plan.

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