Today: April 20, 2024
Today: April 20, 2024

Arts

Betty Smith enchanted a generation of readers with ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ − even as she groused that she hoped Williamsburg would be flattened

No other 20th-century American novel did quite so much to burnish Brooklyn’s reputation. But Smith rarely saw her hometown through rose-colored glasses − and even grew to resent it.

The Russia-Ukraine War has caused a staggering amount of cultural destruction – both seen and unseen

In addition to destroyed buildings, there’s an entire underground world – filled with untold numbers of artifacts, bones and ruins – that are exposed and damaged by the digging of trenches.

Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV

Many children’s educational shows undergo pre-screening to make sure each episode delivers its intended message. Adult viewers watching alongside kids can help ensure the lessons are well received.

With Beyoncé’s foray into country music, the genre is finally breaking free from the stereotypes that have long dogged it

Her new songs are arriving at a moment when country music’s reputation as overwhelmingly white is finally starting to crack.

Are fears of saying ‘no’ overblown?

Nearly 80% of people have accepted invitations to events they didn’t want to attend.

What’s behind the astonishing rise in LGBTQ+ romance literature?

It’s tempting to see this trend as a sign of the times. But the biggest book publishers started changing their approach only once they realized they were leaving money on the table.

For graffiti artists, abandoned skyscrapers in Miami and Los Angeles become a canvas for regular people to be seen and heard

The colorful bubble letters have attracted praise and condemnation, with taggers seeing their work as a gift to the city, while others decry it as rampant vandalism.

Saving the news media means moving beyond the benevolence of billionaires

How can an industry experiencing systemic failure get back on its feet?

Why is free time still so elusive?

In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that within a century, the normal workweek would decrease to 15 hours. Why was he wrong?

Are you really in love? How expanding your love lexicon can change your relationships and how you see yourself

Words have power, and what vocabulary you have at your disposal to describe your relationships with other people can shape what directions those relationships can take.

Lorne Michaels, the man behind the curtain at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ has been minting comedy gold for nearly 50 years

The show has served as the nation’s laugh track for decades. Who will take over when he retires?

Some of the Renaissance’s most romantic love poems weren’t for lovers

These moving poems are a reminder that on Valentine’s Day, it’s OK to celebrate a broader definition of love.

Ads, food and gambling galore − 5 essential reads for the Super Bowl

Oh, yeah, and there’s a game, too.

The Super Bowl gets the Vegas treatment, with 1 in 4 American adults expected to gamble on the big game

What makes the NFL’s embrace of gambling so striking is that for most of its history, the league had pushed the government for stricter regulations – not more lenient ones.

George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is a story of jazz, race and the fraught notion of America’s melting pot

The work remains a crowd favorite. But more and more scholars are starting to see ‘Rhapsody’ as a whitewashed version of Harlem’s vibrant Black music scene.

Could flag football one day leapfrog tackle football in popularity?

The NFL’s embrace of the sport points to a promising future. But gender and political divides could stand in the way.

From rebel to retail − inside Bob Marley’s posthumous musical and merchandising empire

How did a musician whose songs were suffused with messages of anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism become so commercialized?

Billy Joel is back for an encore − but why did he wait so long to turn the lights back on?

In 1993, Joel sang, ‘These are the last words I have to say.’ What changed?

Norman Jewison’s ‘Rollerball’ depicted a world in which corporations controlled all information – is this dystopian vision becoming reality?

As the journalism industry continues to crater, wealthy plutocrats are consolidating their control over information systems.

What Americans can learn from Danish masculinity

American men see manhood in opposition to womanhood. Danes, on the other hand, see manhood as not acting immaturely, as a boy would.

Who created the alphabet? A historian describes the millennia-long story of the ABCs

Turns out ‘A’ didn’t have to be the first letter in the alphabet, nor ‘Z’ the last.

In an ancient church in Germany, a 639-year organ performance of a John Cage composition is about to have its next note change

The new note will be sustained for a relatively ‘brief’ two years.

Pictures have been teaching doctors medicine for centuries − a medical illustrator explains how

From body snatching to Photoshop and virtual reality, the techniques of medical illustration have evolved. But its essential role in showing clinicians how to care for the body continues today.

Transgender regret? Research challenges narratives about gender-affirming surgeries

The findings push back against the notion that many transgender people end up wishing they hadn’t gone through with gender-affirming surgeries.

Bill Belichick's hidden playbook – the 19th century origins of 'The Patriot Way'

The coach’s legendary terseness and his rejection of technological trends belie a wealth of knowledge about the game and its history.

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