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.
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.
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.
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.
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.