Culture

April 08, 2014

A New Matisse Show Gets at the Mysterious Affinity Between San Francisco and Paris
4:44 PM

Matisse's under-celebrated inwardness is on display in a new show. 

The Sailing Couple Saved at Sea Are Neither Bad Parents Nor Rebels. They're Just Like Us.

The Kaufmans may have been on a high-seas adventure, but their lives were depressingly similar to ours.

April 07, 2014

Karl Ove Knausgaard Became a Literary Sensation by Exposing His Every Secret
Readers love him for it. He hates himself.
8:00 PM

He became the literary star of 2014 by exposing his every secret. Now he hates himself for it. 

Gawker is Trying to Use 'Adult' Language. Good Luck to Them.
5:17 PM

Why try to avoid lingo? What's slang today is accepted usage tomorrow. 

Lydia Davis Is the Perfect Writer for the Twitter Era
4:59 PM

Too distracted by technology, lack of sleep, or your kids to focus on anything longer than a list? Here’s one of Lydia Davis’s stories, “Bloomington,” from her latest collection, Can’t and Won’t, in its entirety.

Mickey Rooney Was the Last Old Hollywood Star Standing
1:13 PM

If you weren't familiar with the 93-year-old legend, here are the three movies to watch.

April 06, 2014

Tonight's 'Game of Thrones' Had Some of the Series' Best Banter Yet
10:37 PM

It isn't the violence, or nudity, or even the dragons that makes Game of Thrones so epic. It's the dialogue.

Reviewing the Unreviewable
How to assess the promising, posthumous work of a 22-year-old
8:00 PM

The act of reviewing—or even just having critical thoughts about—juvenilia produced by someone who cannot defend herself seems both loathsome and pointless. But this book calls for it.

The National Women's History Museum Apparently Doesn't Much Care for Women's Historians
8:00 PM

No actual historians are on staff—and that's led to some serious inaccuracies.

Why Do We Say That Our Phones and Computers 'Die'?
8:00 PM

We treat technology as disposable, yet we ascribe human characteristics to our gadgets. 

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