Today: April 21, 2024
Today: April 21, 2024

Arts

Chef Bill Granger dies and leaves behind an inadvertent legacy – the avocado toast meme

Granger, who died in December 2023, is credited with making avocado toast fashionable. Little did he know that his lasting legacy would inspire a meme that symbolized generational tension.

Gen Z and millennials have an unlikely love affair with their local libraries

Though they’re sometimes characterized as attention-addled homebodies, younger people see a real value in libraries − one that goes beyond books.

Sellout! How political corruption shaped an American insult

Why do so many Americans share the concern that success and integrity are in conflict, as if one comes at the expense of the other?

'Thirst trap' and 'edgelord' were recently added to the dictionary – so why hasn't 'nibling' made the cut?

Pleasant-sounding words might have a leg up.

50 years later, 'The Exorcist' continues to possess Hollywood's imagination, reflecting our obsession with evil

When the film premiered, theatergoers fainted and vomited. It went on to inspire a series of copycat films – while fomenting a cultural panic about the demons in our midst.

With 'White Christmas,' Irving Berlin and Bing Crosby helped make Christmas a holiday that all Americans could celebrate

The secular carol doesn’t mention Jesus, angels or wise men, while reminding listeners of what makes them not just American, but human.

'Good Times': 50 years ago, Norman Lear changed TV with a show about a working-class Black family's struggles and joys

Norman Lear brought the first nuclear Black family to prime-time television in 1974.

The Napoléon that Ridley Scott and Hollywood won’t let you see

Leaving out the history of Napoléon’s brutal subjugation of Haiti is akin to making a movie about Hitler without mentioning the Holocaust.

Norman Lear's ’70s TV comedies brought people together to confront issues in a way Gen Z would appreciate

The TV producer showed how storytelling can bridge divides and serve as a beacon of truth in a complex world.

Conservatives' 'anti-woke' alternative to Disney has finally arrived

Through action films, dramas and kids’ cartoons, right-wing activists are working to build their own alternative entertainment universe insulated from Hollywood’s purported liberal biases.

How I identified a probable pen name of Louisa May Alcott

By disguising her name, Alcott could publish in less prestigious venues without worrying about tarnishing her literary reputation.

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor

Even the world’s most successful creators can see their livelihoods threatened by social media companies that routinely change their algorithms and policies with impunity.

'Baldur's Gate 3' became the surprise hit of 2023 by upending conventional wisdom about what gives video games broad appeal

For years, the biggest video game publishers have operated under the assumption that compelling stories and captivating characters don’t offer a good return on investment.

Merriam-Webster's word of the year – authentic – reflects growing concerns over AI's ability to deceive and dehumanize

Innovations in AI seem to be spurring interest in what is or isn’t real, accurate and human.

In the face of death, destruction and displacement, beauty plays a vital role in Gaza

When people find themselves displaced from their homes, finding or creating beauty can be just as vital as food, water and shelter − and serves as a form of resistance and resilience.

What a biannual gathering of 1967 Impalas reveals about the blurry line between fandom and religion

Since 2019, fans of the TV series ‘Supernatural’ have flocked to Austin, where their encounters with 1967 Impalas customized to mimic the one used in the show arouse elation, astonishment and tears.

From ancient Greece to Broadway, music has played a critical role in theater

The use of music in theater goes back to ancient Greece, and its popularity has grown to the modern-day productions of ‘Hamilton.’

Music painted on the wall of a Venetian orphanage will be heard again nearly 250 years later

On the wall of an orphanage in Venice, a musicologist encountered a fresco featuring an aria written for an opera. She’s since embarked on a project to bring this forgotten music back.

We blurred the gender of soccer players and had people rate their performances − with surprising results

A common criticism of women’s sports is that female players aren’t as entertaining or skilled as their male counterparts. Two researchers decided to put this notion to the test.

Rupert Murdoch's empire was built on a shrewd understanding of how media and power work

As Rupert Murdoch prepares to hand over the keys to his media empire, what will his legacy be?

Language induces an identity crisis for the children and grandchildren of Latino immigrants

Young Latinos in the US often navigate a contradictory landscape: Their parents see them as not Latino enough, while teachers and peers view them as not American enough.

How Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor became Halloween's theme song

The famous composer certainly didn’t have haunted houses in mind when he wrote the piece.

Why Elon Musk is obsessed with casting X as the most 'authentic' social media platform

With identity the most lucrative commodity social media platforms trade in, their fetishization of authenticity remains ironclad.

To better understand addiction, students in this course take a close look at liquor in literature

This course beckons students to examine how alcoholic beverages are portrayed in books by American authors.

How 'La Catrina' became the iconic symbol of Day of the Dead

An obscure Mexican engraver named José Guadalupe Posada created the satirical skull in the early 1900s and sold it for a penny. But after he died, it took on a life of its own.

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