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The Couple Whisperer

Esther Perel’s irresistible new podcast puts you in the room with couples in therapy.

Oct. 6 2017 3:16 PMWhen I Was Wrong About Si NewhouseI thought his purchase of the New Yorker would irreparably corrupt the magazine. Instead, he saved it.
Oct. 2 2017 7:45 AMSunlight Through Bullet HolesKathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark is just as revealing 30 years later.
Sept. 21 2017 2:27 PMThe Keepers of the CanonHow franchises like Star Trek maintain continuity in an age of ever-expanding fictional universes.
Aug. 24 2017 5:55 AMSpringtime 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.
July 28 2017 5:56 AMThe 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.
July 17 2017 10:32 PMIs 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.
June 21 2017 5:54 AMWhat 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.
June 13 2017 4:21 PMThe Freewheelin’ Bob DylanDid the singer-songwriter take portions of his Nobel lecture from SparkNotes?
May 21 2017 8:00 PMBlack, Single, and WaitingFor 15 years, the Bachelor franchise has made a caricature of blackness. Could this season finally be different?
May 2 2017 1:11 PMMeeting the Heirs to the Etiquette EmpireSlate’s Laura Miller on how Emily Post’s descendants are trying to keep etiquette advice a thriving business.
April 5 2017 5:55 AMA History of Self-CareFrom its radical roots to its yuppie-driven middle age to its election-inspired resurgence.
Feb. 24 2017 5:50 AMWhat’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. 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.
Oct. 4 2017 9:00 AMI’m Done Debating Racism With the DevilWhite people playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race are completely counterproductive to actual progress.
Sept. 28 2017 7:45 AMThe End of PornographyJon Ronson’s remarkable podcast series is like the finale of the story begun by HBO’s The Deuce.
Sept. 15 2017 2:45 PMUnsolved MysteriesCan a documentary answer every question? Should it even try?
Aug. 21 2017 9:45 AM“Will Be Familiar to Many Readers”Michiko Kakutani’s favorite book-review clichés, by the numbers.
July 19 2017 3:56 PMTrump Hasn’t Killed ComedyHe’s just killed our dumb contemporary idea of comedy.
July 5 2017 1:29 PMA Song of Ice and Fire and SoupWhat’s behind George R.R. Martin’s obsession with chowder in bread bowls?
June 20 2017 9:00 AMLost 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.
June 8 2017 3:00 PMIn 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.
May 11 2017 9:30 AMPay Attention!Can technology solve the 2,500-year-old problem of boredom in the classroom?
April 19 2017 5:55 AMTo the Manners BornHow Emily Post’s descendants are shepherding her legacy into a cultural landscape hostile to the very idea of etiquette.
Feb. 27 2017 7:15 AMThe End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
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.

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