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Unhung Heroes

A 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.

Nov. 29 2018 5:00 PMMy Fair LyricistLyricist Alan Jay Lerner’s centennial, and more theater magic with impresario Jack Viertel and Sweat in the Rust Belt.
Nov. 22 2018 5:00 PMAmerican 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.
Nov. 13 2018 6:00 AMTo Distill a MockingbirdHow the Harper Lee classic still finds fans—and detractors.
Nov. 1 2018 5:00 PMDone and DonerThe art of finishing—how creative people get unstuck and creative projects get back on course.
Oct. 25 2018 5:00 PMScents 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.”
Oct. 16 2018 6:00 AMDay Jobs: Respiratory TherapistStacey Rose is a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and … respiratory therapist.
Oct. 4 2018 5:00 PMMind the Generation GapMillennials and boomers do battle in Boomer1, learning to love Lawrence Welk, and Argentine experimental musician Juana Molina performs live.
Sept. 27 2018 1:09 PMHawkishEthan Hawke embraces the aging process, the enduring power of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” and the genre-defying music of Balún.
Sept. 18 2018 6:00 AMWhy the Long Face?How a dark comedy got so dark and so funny.
Sept. 6 2018 5:00 PMEGOT to Have ItWhat does it take to win entertainment’s grand slam?
Aug. 30 2018 5:00 PMA Room With a ViewfinderLiz Diller on her favorite use of architecture in film, a Richard Pryor classic album turns 40, and a noteworthy summer for black cinema.
Aug. 21 2018 6:00 AMThe Remarkable Bounce of BlindspottingPoet Maya Phillips talks about how rap elevates this modern dramedy about race, friendship, and a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.
Aug. 9 2018 5:00 PMWalden PonderedHow Walden holds up, “I Will Survive” at 40, and Leonard Bernstein’s concerts for children.
Aug. 2 2018 5:00 PMEveryone’s a ComedianKen Jennings on the history—and ubiquity—of comedy, Picasso in Mira T. Lee’s new novel, and a performance by Roomful of Teeth.
July 24 2018 7:00 AMA Wild and Crazy AnniversaryForty years ago, Steve Martin made comedy history with A Wild and Crazy Guy and “King Tut.”
Nov. 27 2018 6:00 AMAha Moment: An Odd Path to PlathWhere a troubled teen discovered Sylvia Plath: in a Charlie Sheen TV movie.
Nov. 15 2018 5:00 PMSettlers, 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.
Nov. 8 2018 5:00 PMThe 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.
Oct. 30 2018 6:00 AMHome, Sweat, HomeHow Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize–winning labor drama by Lynn Nottage, made the jump from Broadway glitz to blue-collar communities.
Oct. 18 2018 3:22 PMPure SpeculationThe many aspects of speculative fiction—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and everything else otherworldly.
Oct. 11 2018 5:00 PMAll 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.
Oct. 2 2018 7:00 AMInside the National Recording Registry: “American Pie”The song where everyone knows the words, but few know what those words mean.
Sept. 20 2018 5:00 PMPacific North-BestThe golden age of grunge—and moving beyond dumb grunge clichés—in the Pacific Northwest.
Sept. 13 2018 5:00 PMApocalypse, WowHow Ann Dowd makes her dystopian character on The Handmaid’s Tale, Aunt Lydia, more believable, and how hippies in the late ’60s started obsessing over doomsday.
Sept. 4 2018 10:55 AMLink Wray’s “Rumble”The guitarist whom Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page worshipped.
Aug. 23 2018 5:00 PMFraming the DebateHow the politics of the past and today inspire art, music, and poetry.
Aug. 16 2018 6:01 PMThe Golden Age of Anonymous MusicThe curious world of vintage stock-music libraries, a groundbreaking radio thriller, and America’s most prestigious movie theater—the White House.
Aug. 7 2018 7:00 AMHappy Bernstein to You!As conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein changed the way audiences understood classical music.
July 26 2018 5:00 PMWhee!The art of children at play: playground design, imaginary friends, and the unlikely histories of Barbie and the Frisbee.
July 19 2018 5:04 PMMaking It in ClevelandA citywide art survey in Ohio, a biblical reading on Beyoncé, and the mastery—and misery—of a quality control technician.

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