September 14, 2013

Stop Picking on the D.C. Elite!
This town is no worse than your town
8:00 PM

I've been having an argument with a friend of mine, a veteran Washington journalist, about whether it can really be true that where I live (an apartment building on the Upper West Side of New York, all of whose residents are Columbia faculty members)

J.M. Coetzee's Stunning New Novel Shows What Happens When a Nobel Winner Gets Really Weird
12:00 AM

Coetzee has become the preeminent author of evasion, but his new novel is a direct literary delight.

September 13, 2013

Michelle Pfeiffer's Evolution: From 'Scarface' to 'The Family'
3:59 PM

Suppose I asked, do you want to meet “Michelle," what would you expect? You might wonder, “Does he mean the first lady?” But the more you think about “Michelle,” the younger the name seems.

Five Things to Know About Twitter's IPO
2:05 PM

Twitter has announced its plans to join the stock market. We answer five questions on the social networking site’s plans for stock market flotation.How did the company announce its plans to join the stock market?On Twitter of course.

September 12, 2013

The Remarkable—and First—Movie Filmed Entirely In Saudi Arabia

Director Haifaa al-Mansour insists Wadjda, her movie about a Saudi girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, which opens in the U.S. Friday, isn’t a “feminist film.” That may be why it’s such a good one.

The Weird, Desperate World of Washington Post TV
8:00 PM

It’s 2:06 pm on a Tuesday and Capitol Hill reporter Paul Kane is reporting from the Capitol building atrium for The Washington Post’s PostTV. Eyes panicked, Kane looks a bit like he has been kidnapped from his desk and pushed in front of the camera.

'The End of Men' Author Mansplains

Yesterday, Hanna Rosin published a version of the new epilogue she is appending to her book The End of Men, titled “The Patriarchy is Dead,” and set off a rerun of the criticisms she earned

Bill Clinton’s Rap Music Quandary
12:36 PM

Whether it is Jimmy Carter watching more than four hundred movies in the White House cinema or Barack Obama telling people that the flamboyant killer Omar on HBO’s “The Wire” is his favorite character, presidents have long engaged with pop culture.

From the Video Vault: David Foster Wallace Delivers the Kenyon Commencement Speech
8:00 AM

Today marks the fifth anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s death. His 2005 Kenyon College commencement address, which went viral this year, has been called one of the best commencement speeches of the past quarter-century.

September 11, 2013

Thomas Pynchon Takes on September 11
12:23 PM

For half a century, Thomas Pynchon has been America's preeminent novelist of paranoia, the writer who sees patterns and connections where others find only the random detritus of history.