Books and Arts

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?

James Bond is Great in Books and Movies. Why is He So Mediocre in Video Games?
October 20, 2012

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.

How Do You Mine Jokes From a Hospital Ward? Don't Ask “Emily Owens, M.D.”
October 19, 2012

What happens when you cross "Grey's Anatomy" with "The Mindy Project"?

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.

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” Is Brilliant
October 16, 2012

The hostage crisis wasn't the disaster you've been led to believe -- and Ben Affleck's new film gets that

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