Arts

perry mason

Perry Mason jars

July 18, 2020 2:47 pm

A brutal backstory for HBO’s decadent detective

kanye

If only Kanye’s run were serious

July 10, 2020 3:05 pm

The legendary rapper could run a successful campaign if he commits

Neil Young performs at the Harvest Moon benefit

Neil Young keeps mining his past

July 10, 2020 12:22 pm

Not the legend’s best work

halle berry

Halle Berry and the death of acting

July 8, 2020 3:50 pm

The LGBT hit squad kills another role

Larry Elder appears in Uncle Tom trailer

Uncle Tom shows another side of the African American story

July 7, 2020 2:34 pm

Black America is hardly a monolith

uncancelables

Kanye West and the uncancelables

July 7, 2020 11:47 am

It’s hard not to admire people who get rich and say whatever they want

pope

The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate?

July 7, 2020 6:52 am

Vatican officials are anxious to get their hands on an advance copy of The Next Pope, a survey of 19…

Jacques Henri Lartigue in his bath, 1904

Candid camera

July 5, 2020 12:29 pm

Jacques Henri Lartigue composed his photographs like a painter

cranach

Hello, boys: Lucas Cranach’s bodies beautiful

July 2, 2020 1:11 pm

Why look at black-and-white books? You want the good stuff

cancel immunity

Moral dictatorships and double standards

June 29, 2020 11:54 am

Does liberalism make you immune to cancel culture?

patriot

Revolution then: The Patriot stands alone

June 29, 2020 8:22 am

Gibson achieves peace of mind by dismembering a redcoat with a hatchet

sacha baron cohen

Isn’t it time Sacha Baron Cohen got canceled?

June 29, 2020 7:23 am

The performer has gone from comedy to trying in vain to expose prejudice

eurovision

Not nul points but it’s no Spinal Tap

June 25, 2020 1:14 pm

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga reviewed

louis c.k.

Louis C.K. pulls it off

June 21, 2020 9:21 am

Funny is money

tori amos

Tori rebel

June 20, 2020 9:36 am

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Courage and Change by Tori Amos reviewed

prince

In defense of Prince’s late style

June 18, 2020 2:01 pm

There are real flashes of genius in albums such as One Nite Alone...

statue

The statue-topplers are obsessed with white men and white history

June 18, 2020 1:41 pm

Figures like radical scholar Rammohan Roy are completely ignored

bong joon-ho oscars

The Oscars and the triumph of Social Justice Realism

June 17, 2020 5:36 pm

Hollywood’s audiences don’t care about diversity in movies as much as people in Hollywood do

gone with the wind

Cotton, slaves and arrogance: the message of Gone with the Wind

June 16, 2020 1:29 pm

The film makes us love something that didn’t really exist

nineties

I hate the Nineties

June 15, 2020 2:58 pm

The Nineties began in hope but ended in disaster

spongebob squarepants

Why has Nickelodeon outed SpongeBob Squarepants?

June 14, 2020 5:54 pm

The cartoon sponge has been cruelly yanked out of the closet

peter bogdanovich

The rise and fall of Peter Bogdanovich

June 14, 2020 5:23 pm

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, Orson Welles and falling out of favor with Hollywood

corporations

Conservatives — corporations are not your friend

June 13, 2020 4:53 am

The right needs to unlearn its affinity for big capitalism

stupid-smart

The modern art of stupid-smart

June 12, 2020 3:10 pm

We’ve always had bogus public intellectuals, but never before have they been quite so bogus

incel goethe

The art of the incel

June 11, 2020 5:25 pm

The roots of incel subculture — and its magnificent memes — stretch back to Goethe’s Werther and beyond