“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.”
Thursday, February 4
Tuesday, February 2
A profile of the editor behind Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Jay Z’s Decoded, and more.
Winona Ryder has always been trapped in her own anticipatory nostalgia, and the public has always wanted to keep her there.
Tuesday, January 19
On the talent, ego, and late father of Bryant Gumbel.
Friday, January 8
“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
Wednesday, January 6
Celebrated doctor Paolo Macchiarini was not all that he seemed.
Friday, January 1
A photographer captured the moment when a race organizer confronted a woman who’d snuck into the race.
Monday, December 28
The real journalists who inspired the movie look back on their investigation.
Thursday, December 24
Wednesday, December 23
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
One of the first lefty political bloggers has no job, mostly tweets, and thinks Donald Trump has it right on immigration.