The End of a Beautiful Friendship
Why America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.
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.
Basketball’s Nerd KingHow Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks.
How Video Games Change UsShooters don’t necessarily make players more violent. But do they make us more cruel?
The Weirdest DreamWhy it was such a tricky high wire act for late-night comedians to cover Trump’s win.
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.
Is My Novel Offensive?How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.
Provocateur or Punk?How publishing houses weigh tricky ethical and commercial decisions like giving Milo Yiannopoulos a book deal.
Jazz HateLa La Land may be a great movie about dreams, but as a movie about jazz, it’s a muddle of clichés.
What Can Artists Do to Oppose Trump?Nothing. But that doesn’t mean they should ignore our perilous political present.
A 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.
Have I Got a Play for YouFlouting copyright law to bring the brilliance of Company to West Hollow Junior High School.
The Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
Beautiful, Stirring, and OvercrowdedThe many small successes, and one large failure, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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?