Thursday, February 4


A Conversation With New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott

“There are critics who see their job as to be on the side of the artist, or in a state of imaginative sympathy or alliance with the artist. I think it's important for a critic to be populist in the sense that we’re on the side of the public. I think one of the reasons is, frankly, capitalism. Whether you’re talking about restaurants or you’re talking about movies, you’re talking about large-scale commercial enterprises that are trying to sell themselves and market themselves and publicize themselves. A critic is, in a way, offering consumer advice.”

Tuesday, February 2


How Chris Jackson Is Building a Black Literary Movement

A profile of the editor behind Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Jay Z’s Decoded, and more.


Winona, Forever

Winona Ryder has always been trapped in her own anticipatory nostalgia, and the public has always wanted to keep her there.

Tuesday, January 19


The Mourning Anchor

On the talent, ego, and late father of Bryant Gumbel.

Friday, January 8


My Accidental Career as a Russian Screenwriter

“In this scene, set at a government dacha, they are joined by their American counterparts at the State Department for a daylong picnic that grows increasingly informal, involving drinks, flirtation, a guitar jam and (spoiler) contact between two spies. At times in my new job, I feel like a spy myself, and one with a shaky cover. I don’t have a good answer for how I got here.”

Thursday, January 7


Who Controls Your Facebook Feed

The humans behind the algorithm.

Wednesday, January 6


The Celebrity Surgeon Who Used Love, Money, and the Pope to Scam an NBC News Producer

Celebrated doctor Paolo Macchiarini was not all that he seemed.

Friday, January 1


Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

A photographer captured the moment when a race organizer confronted a woman who’d snuck into the race.

Monday, December 28


“Spotlight” and Its Revelations

The real journalists who inspired the movie look back on their investigation.

Thursday, December 24


No Offense

On feminism and the limitations of outrage online.

Wednesday, December 23


The Shade Room Is Coming for the Gossip Industry's Wig

Angie Nwandu has no journalism experience. No publishing experience. She’s 25. And in less than two years she has created an entirely new way to cover — and profit from — celebrity gossip.

Monday, December 14


What the Hell Happened to Mickey Kaus?

One of the first lefty political bloggers has no job, mostly tweets, and thinks Donald Trump has it right on immigration.