Books and Arts

Why “Parks and Recreation” Should Stay Away From Washington
November 20, 2012

"Parks and Recreation" went to Washington, changing the show for the worse.

L.A. Story—A Rising Star of West Coast Lit Shines Dimly
November 20, 2012

Wilson’s devotion to voice above all other narrative elements is even less effective in Panorama City than it was in The Interloper.

Apathy for the Devil—A Bland Bio of Mick Jagger?
November 19, 2012

DID YOU CATCH Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live’s season finale last spring? It was a bravura performance. Among other roles, he played a sad sack insurance rep at a karaoke bar, a campy queen on a Hollywood quiz show, and a slick-talking J.P. Morgan executive. He was impishly charming in his opening monologue, and when he performed several Stones classics he was as sprightly as ever.

From Jukeboxes to YouTube: How Billboard Is Catching Up With The Times
November 16, 2012

The Billboard Top 100 is shaking up its chart to include online streaming. What does this mean for music?

Philip Roth's Empty Threat: "Burn My Papers"
November 15, 2012

As a student of literature, Roth ought to know better. If he really wants his papers destroyed, he needs to do it himself.

Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Film for our Political Moment
November 13, 2012

This is a movie of negotiations in smoke-filled rooms; it could have been called "The Thirteenth Amendment."

“Soon We Are Going to Have to Start Worrying about Texas and Arizona”: A Conversation with Norm Coleman
November 12, 2012

After the GOP was trounced by Latino voters on Election Day—a nightmare scenario that sophisticated observers had seen coming for a long time—I called former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, the Chairman of the Board of the center-right American Action Network and its related organization, the Hispanic Leadership Network.

Was The New York Times' Ethicist Unethical?
November 12, 2012

Should the Times Magazine have confirmed that the husband of General Petraeus' lover did NOT write an anonymous letter?

Worthwhile Canadian Coolness
November 09, 2012

Canada, long considered the U.S.'s boring, denim-wearing neighbor, has become America's leading purveyor of cool.

Life is Too Short for Cloud Atlas’s Self-Indulgence
November 08, 2012

The Wachowskis should go back to making mean-spirited movies.