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 survived smallpox, saw his house burn down (twice) and narrowly escaped castration
My tip for maximum pleasure is to avoid the rockumentaries about musicians you are interested in
Elephant demands that we pity the weakness of the most powerful
Sebastian Barry talks about his new play, On Blueberry Hill
‘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’
Time to dust off the ol’ controller
The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached by Mark Doyle reviewed
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Sex therapy with Anna Karenina
Benny Golson, last legend of bebop
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck has reinvented his instrument and retraced its roots
Is it so much to ask?
Did the filmmakers’ hunger for retribution outweigh their commitment to tell the truth?
The world before woke
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
In appreciation of the legendary comedian
An American debut, only a century late
In memory of McCoy Tyner
Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro reviewed
Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark reviewed
Our rock critic has made an album with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Here he explains how...
Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany by Uwe Schütte reviewed
I’m voting for Flavor Flav
El Greco is at the Art Institute of Chicago. Can we trust the modernists on the gifts of ‘The Greek’?