When I Was Wrong About Si NewhouseI thought his purchase of the New Yorker would irreparably corrupt the magazine. Instead, he saved it.
The Keepers of the CanonHow franchises like Star Trek maintain continuity in an age of ever-expanding fictional universes.
Springtime for the ConfederacyAt Dolly Parton’s Civil War–themed dinner theater, audiences root for the North or the South. I saw it twice, because you gotta see both sides.
The Rise and Decline of the “Sellout”A history of the epithet, from its rise among leftists and jazz critics and folkies to its recent fall from favor.
Is R. Kelly Finally Having His Bill Cosby Moment?Jim DeRogatis on 16 years of reporting on the singer’s alleged sex crimes—and why he hopes this time will be different.
What Really Happens After Societal CollapseApocalyptic visions tell us it’ll be every man for himself, but some historians suggest The Walking Dead has it all wrong.
The Freewheelin’ Bob DylanDid the singer-songwriter take portions of his Nobel lecture from SparkNotes?
Black, Single, and WaitingFor 15 years, the Bachelor franchise has made a caricature of blackness. Could this season finally be different?
Meeting the Heirs to the Etiquette EmpireSlate’s Laura Miller on how Emily Post’s descendants are trying to keep etiquette advice a thriving business.
A History of Self-CareFrom its radical roots to its yuppie-driven middle age to its election-inspired resurgence.
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.
Charles Manson Embodied the Worst of the 1960s—and Every Era SinceThe now-deceased cult leader weaponized the zeitgeist to make himself famous. Now he’s dead, but because of us, his fame will live forever.
The Couple WhispererEsther Perel’s irresistible new podcast puts you in the room with couples in therapy.
I’m Done Debating Racism With the DevilWhite people playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race are completely counterproductive to actual progress.
The End of PornographyJon Ronson’s remarkable podcast series is like the finale of the story begun by HBO’s The Deuce.
A Song of Ice and Fire and SoupWhat’s behind George R.R. Martin’s obsession with chowder in bread bowls?
Lost in AdaptationSofia Coppola’s The Beguiled cuts the book’s black characters, whitewashing its tale of the Civil War–era South. At this point, that’s hardly a surprise.
In Defense of Lusty Movie ReviewsWe trust that other physical responses, like tears and nausea, are trying to tell us something about what we just saw. Our libidos are too.
To the Manners BornHow Emily Post’s descendants are shepherding her legacy into a cultural landscape hostile to the very idea of etiquette.
The End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
Is My Novel Offensive?How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.