Arts and Culture

The Blue Sword

Nicola Griffith recommends Robin McKinley's "The Blue Sword."More

"inventing america"

Eric Liu reviewing “Inventing America” by Gary Wills.More

You see an ad that promises the comforts of a nice suburban home, along with a full-time job. There's just one catch — you only spend half your time there; you spend the other half living in a prison cell. That's the premise behind Margaret Atwood's novel, "The Heart Goes Last," a blend of dystopia and social satire.More

Fargo season 3

Showrunner Noah Hawley's approach for adapting the series captures the classic film's essence.More

Marina Abramovic

For more than 40 years, Marina Abramovic has been testing what’s permissible — and physically possible — in art.More

Protest

Philosopher Naomi Zack believes that if your goal is to fight racism, a good first step is to stop talking about your own privilege. She says we should instead focus the conversation on violations of rights. More

A field full of small American flags

Is bullying a public issue baked into America's DNA?More

BookMarks

Lorrie Moore reviews Alice Munro's "Carried Away."More

Books and a figure

There’s a theory that reading fiction helps us learn to understand other people — and in the process, become kinder, better, more empathetic ourselves.More

"The King Must Die"

Vikram Chandra reviews “The King Must Die” by Mary Renault.More

Fire eating

For decades, Todd Robbins has been entertaining audiences with his sideshow act, first at Coney Island and later with several off-Broadway shows. He demonstrated a few tricks of his trade.More

La Jolla Tide Pools

Editor and publisher Ann VanderMeer is the co-editor of the sprawling anthologies “The Big Book of Science Fiction” and “The New Weird...More

violin

Composer William Brittelle's music crosses so many boundaries, it's hard to categorize.More

Piano with sheet music

Julian Barnes discusses composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his bully - Joseph Stalin.More

The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

John Waters recommends "The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy."More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

Li

Yiyun Li on leaving behind her health and native language to write.More

Friendship

Anthropologist Nina Jablonski believes we could reduce implicit bias in the future by teaching children about the evolutionary origins of humans and why we look different.More

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