Commentary on the worlds of entertainment, style, and media.
Something borrowed and something used
Tales, trivia, and tidbits from now and then.
The dead cat trope
[Insert John Mellencamp here.]
The diner as an avatar of working-class identity in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree
Witty banter with persons of note.
Tom Haines’s journey across America’s energy landscapes.
Around the world by highways, byways, and waterways.
Tucked away in Venice
From your point of view.
When lost weekends become lost years
Looking back on the dalliances of my MFA program.
Guy de Maupassant’s Like Death, a coloristic study of love.
Dispatches from exhibitions around the world.
The intersection of art and finance
Music to your ears.
Baz Luhrmann’s graduation standard
Memories of Philadelphia living
For and against our better judgement.
Revisiting Marjorie Morningstar
Taking comics seriously.
Peter Bagge’s comic biography of Rose Wilder Lane
To praise shopping is to breach the last taboo of academic culture.
An end to an era all too late
Our favorite albums, artists, books, films, and more of the year
Journeys through the world of food and drink.
An ode to a miserable snackfood
Aristotle says every human action is due to one of seven causes. I now have seven legitimate excuses for my behavior.
From Seattle to Seoul
Peeking into the cracks and crevices of culture.
Dawson City’s disinterred silent film archive
Notes and commentary from the table.
. . . and wine, too!
On the act of writing.
On the wide world of sports.
For the love of candlepins
Communications with the living world.
An excerpt from Birdmania
Michael Lind at the intersection of politics, culture, economics, and history.
A clash of visions
A regular column from a very promiscuous reader.
On evolutionary fundamentalism
You say you want an education.
Why non-academic skills are as important as the traditional academic stuff
Investigations into the intersection of science and humanity.
The fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
Links from around the web.
Links from The Smart Set and beyond
Notes on design.
Why should the look of fashion be the opposite of joy? Against RBF on the runway.
The big ideas on the small, the not-so-small, and the everyday.
Earthworks, new and ancient, and the art of disappearance
Field notes on arts, culture, and everything else from our critic-at-large.
In Cleveland, the ghost of d.a. levy is everywhere, even animating MOCA Cleveland's summer show. But what is it that makes the poet's legacy endure?
Looking at a single obscure object from museums around the world.
The match safe, a relic from when "pants-on-fire" wasn't just a schoolyard taunt.
A guide of unconventional places and ideas.
Are cars turning human beings into quadrupeds? Or is there room for walking after all?
Notes on music from around the world and throughout history.
This year, classical music fans celebrate the Britten centennial. But no one remembers his lifelong collaborator and lover, Peter Pears.
Notes on what we buy, why we buy it, and how companies get us to keep buying more.
A eulogy for Kodak.
Everything you wanted to know about life, poets, and the poet's life.
Advice and insight from a professional poet.
Revisiting older books in light of new events.
Some villains make no apologies.
Notes from a barbarian at the gates of culture.
Anthony Weiner's penis.
Dispatches from a woman of a certain age.
On buying what I hope is my final roof.
Stories from the institutions that preserve and interpret our history and culture.
Suspicions of the 15th president.
In which our heroine writes a column.
In which our heroine learns the art of scrapbooking. Sort of.