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The many small successes, and one large failure, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Literal Hell of McMansionsThe suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.
The 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.
Mythmaking MachinesHow Jackie and Barry both shore up and subvert the very important person biopic template.
The 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.
Louis 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.
The Illusion of PerfectionA new diary tells the story of what happened when Faye Dunaway played Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest.
Will Best Actress Be a Battle Between Natalie Portman and Emma Stone?They’re both A-listers showcasing the best performances of their careers. But which actress is the Oscar front-runner?
Why Americans Are So Bloody Awful at British AccentsIf British actors’ American accents are “bang on,” why are Americans’ British accents such rubbish?
Good News, High Maintenance FansThe HBO version of the acclaimed web series doesn’t harsh the show’s mellow.
Does the New York Times Have a False Balance Problem?Its public editor dismisses the criticism as irrational. She should take it a lot more seriously.
The Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary ArtIt’s time to abandon the notion that everything must be a progression of what came before.
Seducing the A-ListThe author of a new book about legendary talent agency CAA on how Hollywood—and movie stardom—has changed over the past four decades.
De La Soul Is AliveThe legendary trio returns with their first album in over a decade, and it’s excellent.
The Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
The 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.
How 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.
Brangelexit Is the Tabloid Industry’s Greatest TriumphGossip rags have been feverishly sounding Brangelina’s death knell for years. How did they know?
Watching 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.
OK, American Horror Story’s Shameless Buzzmongering Totally Worked as a Setup for Season 6The premiere lived up to the hype.
Terrence Malick’s Voyage(s) of TimeThe director’s latest releases—two radically different versions of the same film—illustrate exactly why he’s become so polarizing.
How Amos ’n’ Andy Paved the Way for Black Stars on TVWriter Trey Ellis on why he, Jesse Williams, and David Alan Grier want to make a movie about the infamous TV show.
The Vagina Music of Walking and TalkingTwenty years ago, Nicole Holofcener’s debut flopped. Now, it feels like a prophecy about the women who rule pop culture.
Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Is WorkingHis quiet gesture was precision engineered to accomplish exactly what it’s accomplished.
Just in Time for Our Impending Nuclear Holocaust … It’s Nena!The “99 Luftballons” singer on Trump, playing the U.S. for the first time, and the Americans who butcher her song at karaoke.
What’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
When I First Heard Stakes Is HighHow De La Soul’s underappreciated album honored rap history without falling victim to gauzy nostalgia.