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The Crack Monster: The Mystery Behind Sesame Street’s Creepiest Cartoon
The Sesame Street cartoon that terrified children and created an obsession.
Sex SeenSex on the screen—first times, an intimacy coach, and bisexual pride. Plus, Reality Bites at 25.
“It Is Electrifying in There”Kids on the spectrum—and their families—let it go at a special performance of Frozen.
The Mother of All AbstractionA new exhibition at the Guggenheim suggests it was Hilma af Klint who invented abstraction—so why has she been practically unknown for the last century?
Tales From the ScriptHow John August fell in love with screenwriting—and illuminates the craft for aspirants.
Best of 2018, Part 1Some of our favorite stories from the past year, including library music, the Noid, and Angélique Kidjo.
A Movie Hallmark, and Hallmark MoviesJohn Ford’s problematic masterpiece The Searchers and an inexplicable love for Hallmark Christmas movies.
Can You Ever Forgive Lee Israel?The literary con artist talks about her criminal past, now adapted into the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy.
My Fair LyricistLyricist Alan Jay Lerner’s centennial, and more theater magic with impresario Jack Viertel and Sweat in the Rust Belt.
American Tricons: Harley, Hendrix, and O’KeeffeAmerica’s love affair with a motorcycle, plus Georgia O’Keeffe’s Southwestern masterpieces and how Jimi Hendrix summed up the Vietnam War with a single guitar solo.
Done and DonerThe art of finishing—how creative people get unstuck and creative projects get back on course.
Scents and SensibilitiesHow a perfumer concocts a scent from Toni Morrison’s Beloved, the mysterious betrayal at the heart of the documentary Shirkers, and making sense of “American Pie.”
Day Jobs: Respiratory TherapistStacey Rose is a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and … respiratory therapist.
Found in TranslationHow Natasha Wimmer translates Bolaño, plus theater about gynecology’s unconscionable founder and fine art made of carpet.
Digging Into DougThe quietly enduring impact of Nickelodeon’s Doug, plus artist Rina Banerjee and the migrant-camp play The Jungle.
Best of 2018, Part 2Some of our favorite stories from last year: Daniela Vega, the drudgery of a movie and TV quality-control technician, novelist Lauren Groff’s complicated relationship with Florida, and an oral history of hip-hop pirate radio station WBAD.
Unhung HeroesA scholarly look at why men in classical art are so slightly endowed, plus how a writer thinks about her day job as a respiratory therapist and holiday fiction from Kurt Andersen.
Aha Moment: An Odd Path to PlathWhere a troubled teen discovered Sylvia Plath: in a Charlie Sheen TV movie.
Settlers, UnsettledA haunting opera about Homestead Act settlers, plus new leads in the Gardner Museum heist, a “White Album” obsessive, and a Buffalo Tom member’s day job in the leafy suburbs.
The Deal of the ArtNathaniel Kahn’s documentary about the art market, plus the making of a Talking Heads masterpiece and Kenneth Lonergan on writing plays and movies.
Home, Sweat, HomeHow Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize–winning labor drama by Lynn Nottage, made the jump from Broadway glitz to blue-collar communities.
Pure SpeculationThe many aspects of speculative fiction—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and everything else otherworldly.
All Most FamousTheresa Rebeck on Sarah Bernhardt, Justine Bateman on fame waxing and waning, and a pirate radio station that got too famous for the FCC.