Culture

January 17, 2014

Balanchine's Mystery Woman
The dancer who might have set the course for 20th-century ballet
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After the Soviet revolutions of 1917, the czar was gone but ballet remained. A fascinating history of how George Balanchine helped remake ballet for the people—and just who helped him do so.

Why Blockbusters Will Always Rule Hollywood
So long, long-tail
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This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. In 2006, when global optimism about the new broadband-based, interactive Web 2.0 was at its height, Chris Anderson, then the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, published The Long Tail.

January 16, 2014

HBO Once Again Has the Best New Show on TV
'True Detective' could be the next 'Breaking Bad'
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Is This the Next 'Breaking Bad'?

The 'Best Arguments for God's Existence' Are Actually Terrible
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The most common critique leveled at New Atheists is that we attack only puerile, fundamentalist forms of religion, and never engage with the “best” arguments of the faithful: those adumbrated by Sophisticated Theologians™.

Prohibition as a Warning
95 years ago today, the eighteenth amendment passed.
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Maybe we should celebrate with a drink?

January 15, 2014

HBO's 'Looking' Isn't 'Girls' For Gay Men, But It Is The First Truly Post-DOMA Show
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Finally, a TV show that insists on making gay life mundane.

That Zany Millionaire Who Wants to Buy the New York Times is China's Donald Trump
What we learned from Chen Guangbiao's U.S. media tour

What we learned from Chen Guangbiao's U.S. media tour.

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