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Lily Tomlin and Richard Pryor in 1974

Behind Richard Pryor’s jokes and barbs was a man yearning to be free.

Tennessee Williams on the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Glass Menagerie

John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.

Robert Ames in his trademark tinted aviators

In The Good Spy, Kai Bird documents the life of CIA agent Robert Ames, a sincere and unlikely mediator in the Middle East.

Pops, Cleo, Yvonne and Mavis Staples perform in a church.

For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.

Immanuel Velikovsky at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything

Barbara Stanwyck in The Bitter Tea of General Yen

The life and unvarnished style of Barbara Stanwyck.

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875), by James McNeill Whistler

Ambitious beneath his pose of indolence, James McNeill Whistler was the most contradictory of artists.

Abraham Cahan in the late 1930s

Like a lot of red revolutionaries, Abraham Cahan ended up to the right of where he began.

Joaquim Câmara Ferreira

Was the author's aristocratic grandfather, who would become a leader of the armed resistance against Brazil’s military dictatorship, a hero or a terrorist?

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 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010