Culture

March 30, 2014

The Science Behind a Laughter Epidemic and Other Ways that Humor Works
12:00 PM

A conversation with the authors of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny reveals how to joke about terrorists without getting in trouble. 

March 29, 2014

The Prophet in the Library
The previously undiscovered speech that launched Leonard Cohen's career
3:30 PM

When Leonard Cohen was asked about his plans for the future in 1964, he grinned and said “suicide.” This previously undiscovered speech recreates his thinking at the time.

March 28, 2014

Plus Size Mannequins Are Bad for Women's Health
10:00 PM

Do bigger mannequins mean that we're accepting our bigger bodies?

Why Is MoMA Hiding So Many of Its Greatest Pieces?
8:00 PM

The way the museum hides so much of its collection is a scandal. It's time to explore all those crazy cul-de-sacs of modern art that it too often ignores. 

Reading Won't Make You a Better Person
Enough with the sanctimonious blather!
6:00 PM

There is no longer any need to write “in defense of” reading—and yet we keep churning out books along these lines. 

Sending a Bunch of Fulbright Scholars Overseas Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.'
But there are better reasons not to axe the program
1:18 PM

Sending Fulbright Scholars Abroad Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.' But There Are Better Reasons Not to Axe the Program

March 27, 2014

Bill Nye, the Climate Guy
A kids' TV star is liberals' most effective spokesman against right-wing science skeptics
8:00 PM

D.C. Democrats are often pretty bad at debating right-wing science skeptics. Be grateful that a kids' TV star has stepped into the void. 

The Big New 'Noah' Movie Is Closer to the Bible Than its Christian Critics Will Admit

If you’re going to make a movie of a Bible story, you’re going to need to fill in some major gaps. 

The Star of 'Breaking Bad' Plays LBJ, and Tries to Move Beyond the Cliches
1:14 PM

We think we have a handle on LBJ—the raw ambition, the animal physicality, the gaping insecurities—but for the most part, we’re just redrawing the cartoon.

Fitzgerald's Ideas Were Solid. His Books Were a Little More Convoluted.
12:08 AM

Fitzgerald says that Tender is the Night is his farewell to the members of his own generation; I hope he changes his mind. He has in him at least one

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