Books and Arts
The Weather Channel in the Age of the Everyman Weatherman
November 02, 2012
In the age of Instagram, how is The Weather Channel changing its game?
The Most Famous Tongue in America
November 01, 2012
Anthony Bourdain has the most famous tongue in America: for the tasting, talking, and lashing it does.
Fallon and Letterman and the Invisible Late Show Audience
October 30, 2012
Both "Late Night" and "The Late Show" highlighted just how much the studio audience has become ingrained in the format.
“Homeland,” Argo, and the Changing Role of the Rogue CIA Agent
October 26, 2012
Is the onscreen role of the rogue CIA agent changing in the post-Bin Laden world?
The Real Fate of the Stolen Monet, Picasso, and Matisse
October 24, 2012
What will happen to the seven paintings—including artworks by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Matisse—that were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam last week? Some think the artworks will be sold to shady dealers. Others hypothesize the stolen paintings will be traded in the illicit drugs or arms market. Or maybe these paintings will end up with an evil collector. (That scenario probably owes its popularity to Dr.
HBO's Creepy and Revealing Take on Hitchcock
October 23, 2012
"The Girl" is like a real-life version of "Vertigo": it's about a man who falls in love with an actress and tries to remake her.
Art.sy and the Myth of the Online Art Market
October 22, 2012
Art.sy's real business is brokering online sales between galleries and collectors. Will it work?
In case you’ve missed the articles, ignored the advertisements, blew past the billboards, and snoozed during the tributes, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of James Bond’s first saunter onto the silver screen. To celebrate her majesty’s finest, both a new film (the 23rd in the series) and a new video game (the 25th) are being released this week. Chances are, you’ve heard about the movie, Skyfall, which will star Daniel Craig as the martini-sipping super spy. But even the most ardent video game nerds could be excused for paying no mind to the game, 007 Legends.
Alterna-Booker—Different Prize, Same Antics
October 16, 2012
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.