David Garrow’s new bio, ‘Rising Star,’ provides extensive—and controversial—new details about the formative years of Barack Obama.
The artist didn’t break any laws by copying a sculptor’s work. But he did deprive us of an amazing story about that woman’s creativity and imagination.
Except for a few hushed conversations in the bathroom the day after the election, politics stays outside the DC museum where I volunteer. That’s where it belongs, on Pennsylvania Avenue.
A new book by math expert Cathy O’Neil, ‘Weapons of Math Destruction,’ discusses the social and economic problems created relying too much on algorithms.
Given that a fairly elected president bears no resemblance to Julius Caesar, why did New York’s Public Theater make this choice?
Bob Dylan’s Nobel acceptance speech could almost have been written to illustrate the famous words on ‘tradition and the individual talent’ from an earlier Nobel laureate.
Bob Dylan is the Boomer Beyoncé— moments of true genius imbued by a generation with cultural significance that demands fealty and is aghast at the slightest criticism.
A new collection of forgotten F. Scott Fitzgerald stories shows an American master embracing dark subject matter without losing his sense of humor or capacity to hope.
Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech makes a solid case that he loves classic literature, absorbs its messages, and sends those messages back out again through his songwriting.
Lana’s entire career has been just an act, a semi-erotic show of poutiness designed for the enjoyment of sad girls and angsty boys everywhere.
Peter Conradi’s new book ‘Who Lost Russia?’ recaps a quarter-century of failed diplomacy, and raises the question of whether the West can admit past mistakes and come up with a plan for dealing with Russia.
Kids don’t need potty humor and malicious pranks to start reading books. They just need a good, interesting story.
In a musical world filled with lyrics that degrade, shock, and diminish others, ‘I Was Born’ is an inspiring (and addicting) antidote.
The Allman Brothers pioneered the sounds that define Southern and jam rock, and without Gregg Allman, who died Saturday, the band and genre would never have become so popular.
In Ben Sasse’s new book, ‘The Vanishing American Adult,’ the Nebraska senator offers up thoughtful and practical advice on how to cultivate self-reliance among our future citizens. But are we too self-absorbed to do anything about it?
Chris Cornell leaves behind an incredible body of work and a legacy contemporary artists will find hard to match.
Keith Law’s new book ‘Smart Baseball’ proves to be an indispensable (and math-free!) guide for fans seeking to understand moneyball and the blizzard of new statistics that are reshaping America’s national pastime.
In ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ bestselling author David Grann has written a riveting true crime book about the sins that drive a man to destroy his neighbor.
For centuries, we’ve mythologized the sound and quality of Stradivarius instruments. Now, a blind test shows that audiences prefer the sound of new violins.
Amid the Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebrations, few note that she revived her career by consciously ‘whitening’ her vocal style in her nine Songbook albums.
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