Culture

November 06, 2013

One Man, 1.7 Million Square Meters
My day in the world's biggest building—a Chinese mall you've never heard of
12:00 AM

The slogan of the New Century Global Center, the recently completed largest building in the world by floor space, sounds at first like a Chinglish-y misfire: “The One of Everything.” But as I spent a day wandering around the structure, located in Che

November 05, 2013

Therapy: The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Writers' Problems
2:56 PM

Does therapy help or hurt the writing process?

Sinclair Lewis' 'Babbitt' Is "Hideously True to the Worst Things in America"
October 4, 1922
11:28 AM

On this day in 1930, Upton Sinclair won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Appalachia Used to Be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness Is Frightening.
12:00 AM

For four decades Ned Beatty has been the unofficial spokesmodel of Appalachian tourism.

November 04, 2013

Ann Patchett Should Stick to Fiction
8:00 PM

Patchett only skims the surface of her own life.

What Happens When the British Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real
Intimacy and the decline of manners in society
8:00 PM

Is intimacy always a good thing? It has become customary to suggest that it is. But rather than being democratic, intimacy can be troublesome. Today we are obliged to be relaxed. Casualness is mistaken for fairness.

Here Are The Books You’ve Started But Haven’t Finished
1:13 PM

In an enlightening interview, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio—who in about 36 hours will be Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio—further contributed to the sense that despite his dominance among several demographics even in the Democratic primar

SNL’s Diversity Problem Isn’t Just About the Casting. It’s About the Writing.
12:46 PM

Kerry Washington's versatile performance couldn’t save a show that didn't know what to do with her.

First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Bathroom Attendants
New York's new tech era may not be so great for the local economy
12:01 PM

 Last week, Business Insider impresario Henry Blodget wrote a blog post saying that the bathroom attendants at Balthazar, a fashionable eatery in downtown Manhattan, make him uncomfortable.

Windows on a Parade
This incredible photo of a South Korean office building actually tells a story
12:00 AM

In each issue of The New Republic, Geoff Dyer meditates on a news photograph and its meaning. 

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