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What’s a Celebrity to Do in the Age of Trump?

The rich and famous get mocked relentlessly for speaking up about politics. But they may not have a choice.

Feb. 8 2017 5:55 AMIs My Novel Offensive?How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.
Feb. 3 2017 7:39 AMDumpster Fire, Brexit, Fake NewsWhy are there so many Words of the Year?
Jan. 9 2017 7:45 AMProvocateur or Punk?How publishing houses weigh tricky ethical and commercial decisions like giving Milo Yiannopoulos a book deal.
Dec. 15 2016 12:09 PMJazz HateLa La Land may be a great movie about dreams, but as a movie about jazz, it’s a muddle of clichés.
Dec. 6 2016 9:30 AMWhat Can Artists Do to Oppose Trump?Nothing. But that doesn’t mean they should ignore our perilous political present.
Dec. 1 2016 11:44 AMA Tour of the White House With Ms. Natalie PortmanJackie uses historical re-enactment and re-creation to tell a very different story about the Kennedy assassination.
Nov. 25 2016 5:45 AMHave I Got a Play for YouFlouting copyright law to bring the brilliance of Company to West Hollow Junior High School.
Nov. 22 2016 3:26 PMConsider the CoconutHow Moana uses Polynesian culture to create a prototypical Disney story.
Nov. 7 2016 10:56 AMThe Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
Oct. 4 2016 1:31 PMBeautiful, Stirring, and OvercrowdedThe many small successes, and one large failure, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Sept. 22 2016 9:45 AMThe Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
Sept. 21 2016 1:03 PMThe Dark Prophecy of By the SeaBrad and Angelina’s gloomy relationship drama is proof of why it’s always a bad idea for mega-celebrity couples to star in a movie together.
Sept. 21 2016 8:02 AMHow Pyrotechnic Comic Novelist Colson Whitehead Found His Way to the Grim, Measured Underground RailroadThe author’s best-selling novel about slavery is a major departure from his previous works.
Sept. 20 2016 5:14 PMBrangelexit Is the Tabloid Industry’s Greatest TriumphGossip rags have been feverishly sounding Brangelina’s death knell for years. How did they know?
Sept. 19 2016 8:34 AMWatching Lin-Manuel Miranda Watch the Hamilton Parody, SpamiltonAfter years caught up in the hype around their game-changing show, the Hamilton creators watch themselves get spoofed.
Feb. 6 2017 10:11 AMLong OverdueWhy public libraries are finally eliminating the late-return fine.
Jan. 25 2017 10:15 AMWhy Do So Many Actors [Whispery Growl] Talk Like This?A Slate investigation.
Dec. 22 2016 11:00 AMThe Best Jokes of 2016From movies to memoirs to memes.
Dec. 9 2016 9:06 AMYou’re the Puppet. Lock Her Up. It’s a Knife.The most notable words and phrases of 2016.
Dec. 6 2016 9:01 AMBasketball’s Nerd KingHow Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks.
Nov. 30 2016 10:12 AMHow Video Games Change UsShooters don’t necessarily make players more violent. But do they make us more cruel?
Nov. 23 2016 11:22 AMThe Weirdest DreamWhy it was such a tricky high wire act for late-night comedians to cover Trump’s win.
Nov. 17 2016 11:33 AMFour Poems for the ElectionThe quadrennial choosing, and its aftermath.
Oct. 28 2016 9:47 AMSomething of ValueHow I fell in love with horror movies, and what their terrors taught me.
Oct. 3 2016 5:57 AMThe Literal Hell of McMansionsThe suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.
Sept. 21 2016 8:30 PMThe Making of an American GirlIn 1993, the doll company set out to introduce its first black character. All she had to do was represent the entire history of black America.
Sept. 21 2016 9:15 AMMythmaking MachinesHow Jackie and Barry both shore up and subvert the very important person biopic template.
Sept. 21 2016 5:30 AMThe Problem With “Get Over It”The Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker urges us to confront the darkness of the past. He should heed his own advice.
Sept. 20 2016 12:38 PMLouis C.K. Wears a Suit, Kills at Madison Square GardenThe comedian made his name as a disgusting, shlubby everyman. Now he’s trying something new, and he’s as funny as ever.
Sept. 16 2016 4:31 PMThe Illusion of PerfectionA new diary tells the story of what happened when Faye Dunaway played Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest.

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