Culture

September 19, 2013

Mariano Rivera's Legacy Isn't as Great as You Think
8:00 PM

Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, announced during spring training that this season is his last.

Parents Absolutely Should Force Their Kids to Take Music Lessons
8:00 PM

Should children study violin—or rather, be forced to study violin? Or forced to study ballet?

Pope Francis's Comments on Gays and Abortion Are Not a "Revelation"
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It’s a sign of how cramped the public image of the Roman Catholic Church has become over the past 34 years that Pope Francis’s comments in an extensive interview with La Civiltà Cattolica could spark such a rapturous response from progressive Catholi

Another NYT Writer Leaves for a Web Upstart, But That's Not the Real Story Here
2:13 PM

In this week’s New Yorker profile of Bryan Goldberg, founder of the much-maligned women’s-interest site Bustle and co-founder of the much-maligned sports site Bleacher Report, author Lizzie Widdicombe makes reference to the latter’s “lingering bad re

September 18, 2013

Granite Countertops, Flat-Screen TVs, Fire Pits: The Surprising Story of How College Dorms Got Luxe
8:00 PM

The social history—and private-sector big money—that explains why granite countertops and fire pits are part of today's new dorms.

A Look Inside the Ultra-Luxe College Dorm
8:00 PM

Today's forward-looking college campus is home to dorms that boast amenities like flat-screen televitions, state-of-the-art exercise rooms, and tanning salons.

The Financial Times Wrote a Tina Brown Puff Piece. We've Annotated It.
4:11 PM

John Gapper of The Financial Times has a story on Tina Brown which gives new meaning to the term "puff piece." The title, "Tina Brown Leaves Journalism in Her Wake," does an adequate job of summarizing the flavor of Gapper's article, which essentiall

What Jonathan Franzen Misunderstands About Me
1:33 PM

Last week, Jonathan Franzen, the best-selling, award-winning literary novelist who’s known for the excellence of his books and his bold stands against Oprah, Facebook, e-books, iPhones, and overly generous assessments of Edith Wharton’s looks, unburd

New Film Dramatizes the Severe Threat to Late-Term Abortion Doctors

The new documentary After Tiller, about the only four doctors in America who still openly provide third-trimester abortions in the wake of George Tiller’s murder in 2009, emphasizes that its subjects are living under siege. LeRoy Carhart recounts the night anti-abortion activists set fire to the stable he runs with his wife and daughter, burning 21 of their horses to death. Susan Robinson, standing in her sunlit kitchen, remembers that a federal marshal once tried to comfort her by pronouncing her house “a hard shot even with a sniper rifle.”

September 17, 2013

The 10 Most James Franco Lines in James Franco’s New Novel
8:00 PM

Billed as “an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity,” James Franco’s novel Actors Anonymous—which comes out next month—is an intense, wild ride into the ego of James Franco.

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