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Portrait of Charlie Parker

The Whitney’s adventurous, awkward attempt to explore abstract art through the blues.

Nikolai Leskov’s The Enchanted Wandered and Other Stories; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

How music plagiarism ruined a composer’s career and literally drove him mad.

In Israel, an architectural competition and its winner have been sabotaged by the bad faith of its sponsors.

Mira Nair, Terrence Malick, Derek Cinfrance, Brian Helgeland

Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Derek Cinfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, Brian Helgeland’s 42

The current renovation plan is too costly and will ruin the landmark 42nd Street building. A reasonable compromise is still on the table.

Civilians in an air-raid shelter, Minorca, December 1938, photography, politics

Is it possible to create an intellectually aware, politically honest image?

Pennsylvania Station, photographed by Cervin Robinson in 1962, architecture

How an architecture critic made New York City her touchstone for discussions of public space.

The New Museum tries to explain why the city's art scene changed in 1993.

Blogs

Eric reviews his latest music choices and Reed analyzes recent trends in Congressional oratory.

May 25, 2012

For women in politics, sexuality is often a liability. Will two new shows break the mold?

May 22, 2012

A new collection featuring ninety-nine tracks of class-conscious music from ninety-nine artists.

May 17, 2012

For all our talk about the multiracialism of the millennial generation, the lack of interracial social connections is more than a coincidence.

May 10, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day, here’s my stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

April 25, 2012

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

Though complicated by controversy, a weekend in Los Angeles with thirty domestic workers underscores the power of Hollywood to propel social change. 

February 27, 2012

In the new bio-pic, Margaret Thatcher's iron isn’t just rusty, it’s melted down into something soft and personal. The Iron Lady gives us Thatcher, the ABBA Version. It’s the last thing we need. 

January 4, 2012