Jason Farago

Our Odd, Revealing Obsession With "Gritty" Photos of the 1970s NYC Subway
March 12, 2014

The city has erased more than just graffiti.

Five Dramatic Actors Who Should Be Comedians
Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag
February 24, 2014

Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag.

The Syrian Orphan in That Viral Photo Wasn't Actually an Orphan, But It Doesn't Matter
February 18, 2014

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

'Her' is the Scariest Movie of 2013
December 29, 2013

The creepy futurism of Her.

The Debate Over Snowden's Asylum in Germany Comes to Brooklyn
November 18, 2013

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

Delusions of Creativity
The insufferable spectacle of the Met's TEDx conference
October 21, 2013

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.

Alice Munro: At Last, a Genuinely Popular Nobel Laureate
October 10, 2013

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.

Give Me a Break. @Horse_ebooks Isn't Art.
September 24, 2013

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.

J.M. Coetzee's Stunning New Novel Shows What Happens When a Nobel Winner Gets Really Weird
September 14, 2013

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

The Degas Wears Prada
Art lovers, beware: Fashion is taking over your museums
August 19, 2013

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.