Jason Farago

The city has erased more than just graffiti.

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Five Dramatic Actors Who Should Be Comedians

Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag

Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag.

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Truth is a mutable concept when it comes to war photography.

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The creepy futurism of Her.

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German director Thomas Ostermeier offers one of the most thorough indictments yet seen of the culture of the American whistleblower.

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Delusions of Creativity

The insufferable spectacle of the Met's TEDx conference

When Thomas P. Campbell was tapped to lead the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009, he came across as a quieter, more self-effacing sort of museum director. Campbell—or “Tapestry Tom,” as his colleagues called him, as he is a specialist in textile arts—was not a wheeler-dealer with proven fundraising skills. At just 46, he’d never led a museum or even a museum department. But he was a scholar, with a scholar’s concerns.

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She had already won every other big prize, from the Booker’s newish international edition to the two big Canadian gongs, the Giller and the Governor-General’s Award. Yet it was still an unexpected delight when the Swedish Academy named Alice Munro, the “master of the contemporary short story,” as the newest laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature. With the possible exception of Mario Vargas Llosa, she is the most popular writer to get the Nobel in a decade—and I’d wrongly suspected that her achievement was too placid to get the jury’s attention.

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The English-speaking Internet woke up in a bad mood today after Susan Orlean, the New Yorker contributor and author of The Orchid Thief, revealed the two heretofore anonymous creators of a Twitter feed called @horse_ebooks.

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Coetzee has become the preeminent author of evasion, but his new novel is a direct literary delight.

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The Degas Wears Prada

Art lovers, beware: Fashion is taking over your museums

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this summer’s exhibition "Punk: Chaos to Couture" endured one of the angriest and most universal critical drubbings in recent memory. An “overwhelming failure,” according to Sasha Frere-Jones of the New Yorker. “A disaster,” wrote Natasha Loder of the Economist.

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