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The Radical Helplessness of the New <em>Doctor Who</em>

The Radical Helplessness of the New <em>Doctor Who</em>

Commercials and subway ads for the latest season of Doctor Who, which ended Sunday, bore a straightforward slogan: “It’s about time.” The show is, literally, about time, specifically time travel, but
A Book That Honors an Underrated Sport

A Book That Honors an Underrated Sport

Full disclosure: I have a tennis bias. I played as a young boy, keep close tabs on the professional circuit, and have had the good fortune of covering the sport for The Atlantic and other outlets.
How to Sing

How to Sing

Melinda Josiefrom a hymnalModerately Moderately slow Moderately fast With vigor In flowing style Boldly Well marked Fervently With dignity With great dignity Joyously Joyously, but not too
The Haunting Last Letters of Sylvia Plath

The Haunting Last Letters of Sylvia Plath

Ian Wright; photo by David Harrison; courtesy of Academy of American PoetsOn October 13, 1959, a Tuesday, Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother and brother from Saratoga Springs, New York, where she and
The 22 Best TV Shows of 2018

The 22 Best TV Shows of 2018

Trying to pick the best television series of 2018 is a bit like trying to judge a cuteness contest in a zoo: There’s way too much to choose from, and very little of it looks alike. How to compare,
How Barry Jenkins Turned His James Baldwin Obsession Into His Next Movie

How Barry Jenkins Turned His James Baldwin Obsession Into His Next Movie

This interview contains some mild spoilers for the film If Beale Street Could Talk.Two years after his paradigm-shifting Oscar success with Moonlight, the director Barry Jenkins is making a triumphant
John Leguizamo’s Required Reading for America

John Leguizamo’s Required Reading for America

John Leguizamo is on a mission to teach, as he might put it, “Latin history for morons.” So far, it’s going well: His one-man show with that same title was nominated for a 2018 Tony Award and released
The Grammy Nominations: A New Generation Arrives

The Grammy Nominations: A New Generation Arrives

There’s never been more new music. Spotify, to take one recently unveiled example, sees 20,000 songs added to its libraries every day. Feeding the feeling of deluge, the Grammy Awards has expanded the
The Books Briefing: History, Reconsidered

The Books Briefing: History, Reconsidered

If history is written by the victors, as the old adage goes, then revisiting and questioning stories of the past are necessary pursuits. Karina Longworth, host of the You Must Remember This podcast,
Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Careers That Weren’t

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Careers That Weren’t

The summaries this week of the complicated accusations against Neil deGrasse Tyson—there are now four women, accusing the famed astrophysicist of four different kinds of sexual impropriety—have tended
Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and the Two Internets

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and the Two Internets

India is commonly called the world’s largest democracy, a title that may confuse anyone raised to think of America’s claim to democracy as primary in every way. Similarly, India outranks the U.S. in
Where <em>Mary Queen of Scots</em> Goes Wrong

Where <em>Mary Queen of Scots</em> Goes Wrong

A 2018 film set centuries ago in Britain’s royal halls of power, a period piece laden with the requisite opulent costumes and set dressing, also does something new with the genre: interrogating the
<em>Mary Queen of Scots</em> Is a Shallow Take on a Fascinating Rivalry

<em>Mary Queen of Scots</em> Is a Shallow Take on a Fascinating Rivalry

A 2018 film set centuries ago in Britain’s royal halls of power, a period piece laden with the requisite opulent costumes and set dressing, also does something new with the genre: interrogating the
The Oldest Surviving Form of Theater

The Oldest Surviving Form of Theater

The Japanese art of Noh is the oldest surviving theater tradition in practice. Dating back to the 14th century, the classical musical drama is derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or
The Deeper Meaning Behind Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s Clothing Clash

The Deeper Meaning Behind Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s Clothing Clash

“I saw you in that dress looking so beautiful,” go the words to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 when it was re-released as a duet with Beyoncé. “I don’t deserve this,
Breaking Down the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

Breaking Down the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globes—Hollywood’s annual Oscar-adjacent celebration of the beginning of awards season—announced their nominees Thursday morning with a predictable showering of love on films like A Star Is
<em>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</em>’s Gauzy, Gorgeous Fantasy

<em>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</em>’s Gauzy, Gorgeous Fantasy

There are a handful of fleeting moments watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel when reality bites. Like when a well-intentioned woman in a Paris nightclub gives the stand-up comedian Midge (Rachel
CBS’s Les Moonves Problem Isn’t Solved

CBS’s Les Moonves Problem Isn’t Solved

On Tuesday evening, The New York Times published details of the latest twist in the fate of Les Moonves: The paper had obtained a draft version of the report communicating the findings of CBS’s
Jameela Jamil and the Trouble With #NoFilter Feminism

Jameela Jamil and the Trouble With #NoFilter Feminism

Earlier this week, the British actor Jameela Jamil took a familiar stand. For the BBC, she wrote with passion about an issue she’s championed for much of her career: the impossible beauty standards
<em>Crazy Rich Asians</em> Tanked in China—But That’s Okay

<em>Crazy Rich Asians</em> Tanked in China—But That’s Okay

As the film industry moves more and more toward prioritizing worldwide box office over domestic ticket sales, genres such as dramas and romantic comedies have begun to die out. Major studios, focused