The Great Man Theory of Funk
Get On Up shows us James Brown the unstoppable personality, but skimps on James Brown the musician.
Where I’m FromHow a trip to Kenya changed the way I think about the terms African-American and black American.
Randy Newman’s SoulThe songwriter revisits the musical-theater career he might have had, for one night only, with Faust.
The Radical Notion of Michael Jackson’s HumanityFive years after his death, we’ve done little to locate the man beneath the tabloid caricature.
Crying ShameWe don’t look down on movies designed to make us laugh—why do we look down on ones designed to make us cry?
You Live in Alabama. Here’s How You’re Going to Die.A look at the most common causes of death by state.
Oh! You Kid!How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever.
Relatively Indolent but RelentlessMatt Freedman’s extraordinary graphic journal of his cancer treatment.
This Little Space in BetweenBoyhood reveals what Richard Linklater’s true subject has been all along.
Shouldn’t Artists Benefit When Their Paintings Auction for Millions?A new bill giving American artists rights their European counterparts enjoy probably won’t pass. It should.
The Longest Movie Plot Summary on WikipediaDoes it belong to Ben-Hur? Star Wars? Inception? (Hint: You’re not even getting warm.)
Filmmakers in DisguiseWhat I learned about Hollywood by shooting a guerrilla documentary about the next Transformers movie.
Game of Thrones Isn’t Just Great FunIt’s great, period. And it should change how we think about television.
As Easy As A-B-SchwaWhat sounds and letters are most likely to trip up contestants at the National Spelling Bee?