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Necessarily the News

The politics and rhetoric of Trevor Noah’s appointment as the new host of the Daily Show.

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Sally Mann's Exposure

In 1992, a magazine story introduced the world to the photographs of Sally Mann. Here, she responds to the firestorm that article produced.

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Being Ringo Starr

Life behind the Beatles curtain, with the man whose real name is actually Richard Starkey.

Thursday, April 16

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The Perils of Pauline

One famous critic (Adler) takes another (Pauline Kael) to task for a collection of reviews that is “without Kael- or Simon-like exaggeration, not simply, jarringly, piece by piece, line by line, and without interruption, worthless.”

Wednesday, April 15

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This Magic Moment

David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos and director of the series finale, analyzes the final scene shot-by-shot.

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Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

On his anxiety as a teenager, the treatment he was given for it, and the way that the psychiatry of the day failed his family.

Tuesday, April 14

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A Tale of Two Poets

On the parallel sadness of Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Bishop.

Monday, April 13

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The Movie Star and the Missing Totem Pole

John Barrymore once had a totem pole on his Beverly Hills estate. But where did it come from?

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The Art of Fiction No. 124: Günter Grass

An interview with the author, who died Monday.

Friday, April 10

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The Eeriness of the English Countryside

Why do all those rugged coastlines, moors and stone buildings make England seem haunted?

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Jonathan Franzen's Big Book

Before The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen was just another literary novelist with a new book coming out.

Wednesday, April 8

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On the Road with Hannibal Buress, Comedy's Most Respected Slacker

A portrait of a comedian in the moment just before he becomes huge.