Books and Arts

Night Music
August 24, 2012

Little brook, running past my house, I like the tune you hum to yourself When night comes, And only the two of us are awake. You keep me company So I don't fear The darkness round my bed And the thoughts in my head Flying crookedly like bats Between the old church and the graveyard. This poem appeared in the September 13, 2012 issue of the magazine.

Today’s Menu
August 24, 2012

All we got, mister, Is an empty bowl and a spoon For you to slurp Great mouthfuls of nothing,  And make it sound like A thick, dark soup you’re eating, Steaming hot Out of the empty bowl. This poem appeared in the September 13, 2012 issue of the magazine.

It’s Time to Retire the Late-Night TV Wars
August 23, 2012

Why do we still care about the timeline of late-night TV programming?

Bob: Remembering Robert Hughes
August 23, 2012

Art critic Robert Hughes died on August 6, 2012.

The Wildly Overrated Andy Warhol
August 22, 2012

You can always count on the anti-traditionalists to come up with their own cockamamie traditions. And The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol—which I caught at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles just before it closed the other day—is about as nutty as they come.

How College Bookstores are Killing College Bookstores
August 21, 2012

Why we shouldn’t mourn the decline of the campus bookseller

Magic Matthew: McConaughey's Journey From Slacker to Darkness
August 14, 2012

"Killer Joe" is a terrible film, but it marks the latest in a year of great performances from Matthew McConaughey.

How Helen Gurley Brown Made the World Safe for Ladyblogs
August 13, 2012

How legendary Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown helped birth the lady blogosphere.

On Making Moral Judgments About 'White Power' Music
August 10, 2012

It has been fashionable in the wake of Wade Michael Page’s tragic acts in Wisconsin to speculate on whether the White Power music he listened to helped stoke him into the senseless murders he committed. Such speculations, however, are as incoherent as they are pointless—and they are marked, above all, by a cloying air of self-congratulation. A comparison with another musical genre helps put the debate into relief.

Zooey Deschanel, Parker Posey, and the Problem of Defining 'Indie'
August 08, 2012

Parker Posey’s guest appearance on the season premiere of “New Girl”—announced earlier this week—will mark the first time that Posey, “indie queen” of the ’90s, has shared a screen with Zooey Deschanel, indie queen of the millennial set. Time magazine gave Posey the title in 1997, after she starred in a string of low-budget independent films such as Party Girl and Dazed and Confused. And Deschanel, in the past few years, has been similarly anointed by outlets from New York magazine’s Vulture blog to NPR. What makes an indie queen?