Arts

virtual exhibitions

Are there ways in which virtual exhibitions are better than real ones?

April 2, 2020 3:49 pm

Go to the Closer to Van Eyck website, for example, and you can zoom in to examine the surface of his paintings as never before

haydn

The joy of Haydn’s string quartets

April 2, 2020 3:40 pm

Haydn survived smallpox, saw his house burn down (twice) and narrowly escaped castration

taylor swift

Taylor Swift is fascinating — but you really wouldn’t want to be her

April 2, 2020 3:25 pm

My tip for maximum pleasure is to avoid the rockumentaries about musicians you are interested in

meghan markle

Meghan Markle’s white privilege

April 1, 2020 12:14 pm

Elephant demands that we pity the weakness of the most powerful

sebastian barry

The Irish question

March 31, 2020 2:44 pm

Sebastian Barry talks about his new play, On Blueberry Hill

coronavirus screenplay

How to write the Great Coronavirus Screenplay

March 27, 2020 2:21 pm

‘JESSICA is sitting on her Peloton bike. It’s April 2020. Rain slides down the windowpane. She hasn’t left her apartment — not even to go to Whole Foods — for almost a month’

Xbox

The casual gamer’s guide to surviving quarantine

March 27, 2020 11:26 am

Time to dust off the ol’ controller

kinks

Even in the Swinging Sixties, Ray Davies was feeling nostalgic

March 26, 2020 7:43 pm

The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached by Mark Doyle reviewed

universal cartoon

The universal cartoon

March 26, 2020 12:04 pm

Is there a single image that fits any caption? Perhaps there is...

anna faris coupling podcasts

Conscious coupling

March 22, 2020 5:28 pm

Sex therapy with Anna Karenina

benny golson

Tenor badness

March 22, 2020 5:01 pm

Benny Golson, last legend of bebop

banjo

Finger pickin’ good

March 21, 2020 1:39 pm

Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck has reinvented his instrument and retraced its roots

culture

Please, please let COVID-19 kill the culture wars

March 20, 2020 2:46 pm

Is it so much to ask?

Ava DuVernay netflix

Netflix sued for defamation over Central Park Five miniseries

March 18, 2020 4:21 pm

Did the filmmakers’ hunger for retribution outweigh their commitment to tell the truth?

locke & key

The refreshing darkness of Netflix’s Locke & Key

March 17, 2020 2:00 pm

The world before woke

sculpture

The human clay

March 13, 2020 5:34 pm

As he collects more than three decades of thinking and writing about sculpture into a new book, Eric Gibson introduces a few of his favorite things

artie lange

I hope Artie Lange is OK

March 11, 2020 4:18 pm

In appreciation of the legendary comedian

stanford

Mass appeal: Stanford in Stamford

March 11, 2020 1:35 pm

An American debut, only a century late

mccoy tyner

The real McCoy

March 9, 2020 9:36 am

In memory of McCoy Tyner

shakespeare

Riotous performances

March 6, 2020 1:15 pm

Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro reviewed

dave brubeck

The good boy of jazz: Dave Brubeck’s time has come round at last

March 5, 2020 10:58 am

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark reviewed

luke haines peter buck

‘All rock ’n’ roll starts and ends with Lou Reed’

March 3, 2020 1:57 pm

Our rock critic has made an album with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Here he explains how...

kraftwerk

Uniform beats

March 3, 2020 9:29 am

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany by Uwe Schütte reviewed

Chuck D and Flavor Flav public enemy

Bernie $anders is a public enemy

March 2, 2020 9:33 pm

I’m voting for Flavor Flav

el greco

An old master who still feels new

March 2, 2020 1:28 pm

El Greco is at the Art Institute of Chicago. Can we trust the modernists on the gifts of ‘The Greek’?