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- Dec 12 20164 minutes
La La Land, a Truly Modern Hollywood Musical, Strikes All the Best Chords
LOS ANGELES IS A CITY OF TRAFFIC. So it only makes sense that La La Land, in theaters Dec. 9, opens in the thick of it—a long, glittering caterpillar of cars stopped on an elevated freeway that stretches out to the horizon under an enamel-blue Califo
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
A Brief History Of Handwriting
Madison Pauly 3200 B.C.: With stylus and clay tablets, ancient Mesopotamians create abstract symbols to represent syllables of their spoken language. 600s: Quill pens and parchment paper take hold in Europe. Drippy ink discourages pen lifting, henc
- Dec 20 20162 minutes
The Curious Case of Nile Rodgers's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award
The induction class is a buffet of various kinds of uncool, made more perplexing by the disco band Chic’s 11th snub.
- Dec 19 20161 minute
A CHECKUP ON THE LATEST CELEBRITY ROMANCES
- Dec 25 20162 minutes
The Ten Best Pop Albums Of The Year
Despite losses (RIP, Bowie, Prince, et al.), music reasserted its power as both a vehicle for political activism and a respite from current events.
- Aug 7 20162 minutes
Becoming a Cats Cat
With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s deathless crowd-pleaser returning to Broadway, seven former cast members recall the strange experience of learning to play a singing, dancing feline.
- Aug 21 20164 minutes
The Persistence of “Memory”
JESSE GREEN CATS MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. LYRICS INSPIRED BY T. S. ELIOT. NEIL SIMON THEATRE. CATS WAS ALWAYS DIVINELY SNARKABLE, beginning with its provenance. How could anyone look at the morally knotty and verbally profound oeuvre of T. S
- Jan 23 20171 minute
Downcast Brits Brew Up A Quiet Storm
Maura Johnston BRITISH GROUP THE XX WERE PEGGED as miserablists when they broke through in the late 2000s. Their beat-heavy mood music was clearly influenced by soul but was best heard on rainy afternoons behind closed doors. That blend worked remar
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
- Jan 19 20171 minute
The Poetry-Free Inauguration Makes a Comeback
No modern Republican commander-in-chief has featured a poet at their swearing-in ceremony, and it appears neither will Trump.
- Dec 28 20166 minutes
Has the Internet Killed Curly Quotes?
Web publications tend to favor straight quotation marks, a pragmatic approach to typography that old-school stylists can’t stand.
- Dec 19 20161 minute
Raising The Barre
THE BRONX-BORN SON OF AN IMMIGRANT DANCES HIS WAY TO CENTER STAGE WITH THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET
- Jan 27 20172 minutes
Escape to the Future With Missy Elliott and Jamiroquai
Two legends of music-video history are back with sci-fi visions.
- Oct 30 20163 minutes
It Has Momentum and a New Location
Heisenberg makes the leap to Broadway.
- Sep 4 20162 minutes
On returning to The Cherry Orchard.
- Sep 4 20161 minute
Our Classical Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated
Justin Davidson puts his ear to the ground.
- Oct 1 20131 minute
The Genius Behind the Whitney Museum's New Logo
The American Art museum gets a wow-worthy new responsive-design logo. Here's how it works.
- Dec 22 201626 minutes
The Best Books We Read in 2016
The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
- Jan 31 20171 minute
Meet ‘VKgoeswild,’ Ukraine's Classical Pianist-Turned Rocker
Despite winning numerous awards at international classical piano competitions and training with some of the biggest names in classical music, Viktoriya Yermolyeva decided to tackle another kind of music: rock.
- Feb 24 20172 minutes
Frank Ocean's Surprising Slide Back to Pop
His team-up with Calvin Harris and Migos on "Slide" scrambles some expectations, but mostly just sounds like summer.