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‘Inescapable’ Ambiguities In Prewar Syria

It’s hard to imagine an upside to the civil war now causing unspeakable suffering in Syria. But the conflict has […]

‘Snitch’: Johnson And The Rock, At Odds In A Drug Drama

“Inspired by true events” — a phrase that implies the greatest possible distance between something that actually happened and what’s […]

Movie Trailer Math: Getting ‘Butts In The Seats’ In Minutes

Before the award presenters open the envelopes on Oscar Sunday, before the actors and producers take a single step on […]

Baby Boomers Return To The Multiplex, And Hollywood Notices

If you’re not counting the days til the release of Iron Man 3, if you’re not sure who Kristen Stewart […]

‘Erasing Death’ Explores The Science Of Resuscitation

What happens when we die? Wouldn’t we all like to know. We can’t bring people back from the dead to […]

Karen Russell’s ‘Vampires’ Deserve The Raves

I don’t have a good track record when it comes to raving about Karen Russell. Last year, along with my […]

This Music Is Bananas (Really)

Fresh produce has never been hipper. Need proof? Check out this video of Brooklyn-based songwriter-producer-artist extraordinaire Jonathan Dagan, better known […]

‘Argo’ Is The Best Picture Frontrunner, But Why?

Programming Note: Sunday night, we’ll be live-blogging the Academy Awards here at, and the Wait Wait … Don’t Tell […]

The Satisfactions Of Simplicity In ‘Jackal’s Share’

Chris Morgan Jones’ latest espionage novel, The Jackal’s Share, makes a reader appreciate the attractions of simplicity. There aren’t any […]

Book News: Even Mark Twain Has A Shirtless Picture On The Internet

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Open Culture dug up an old picture of […]

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