Books and Arts

Lena Dunham Caved to Her Critics on Race, and It Made "Girls" a Better Show
January 09, 2013

Lena Dunham's response to her critics gives "Girls" just what it needed: self-awareness.

Elizabeth Wurtzel Doesn't Reveal Enough About Herself (No, Really!)
January 07, 2013

In the midst of her faux financial self-revelation.

Django Unchained Is All Talk With Nothing to Say
January 05, 2013

Tarantino says his new movie is a tribute to spaghetti Westerns. What it is is ridiculous, prolonged, and nauseatingly bloody.

Tarantino, Chained
January 02, 2013

The secret of Django: It's not that Quentin Tarantino goes too far. It's that he doesn't go far enough.

Add These to Your NetFlix Queue: Films You Should Have Seen This Year
December 28, 2012

The New Republic’s film critics on some of the best, under-appreciated films of 2012: Amour: Amour is as hard and bright as bone. The love it observes is intense, selfish, and nearly insane (these are the film’s greatest truths). – David Thomson, watch trailer The Deep Blue Sea: [Terence] Davies, who is now sixty-six and has made only seven films in his long career, has transformed the one-set [Terence] Rattigan play into a well-flexed film with imaginative lifts along the way.

The Year in Art: The Best Exhibits of 2012
December 27, 2012

Writing about his obsession with art books in a wonderful little volume published this year—Phantoms on the Bookshelves—Jacques Bonnet says that “Images send you on to other images, artists to other artists, periods come one after another or echo each other, all with their cargo of art works.” And so it is when I think back on remarkable art experienced in the year just past.

The Best TV of 2012
December 27, 2012

A round-up of the best of television of 2012.

From Charles Mingus to Grimes: David Hajdu’s Albums of the Year
December 27, 2012

If the very notion of best albums seems dated in 2012, these make a case for the vitality of longform recorded music.

When Will Judd Apatow Stop Making Movies About His Own Life?
December 23, 2012

Judd Apatow's "This is 40" exposes the pitfalls of autobiographical comedy.

Santa's Little Spies: How Christmas Elves Turned Creepy
December 21, 2012

What we can learn about the American spirit of from Santa's little helpers.