Arts and Culture

White women at Concert

For most of her life Debby Irving was largely unaware of race. Then, when she was in her 40s, she enrolled in a course on race...More

Dog and cat facing each other

Chances are if you were picked on as a child, you probably haven't patched things up with your bully and become friends. But fourth-...More

The Blue Sword

Nicola Griffith recommends Robin McKinley's "The Blue Sword."More

"The King Must Die"

Vikram Chandra reviews “The King Must Die” by Mary Renault.More

Fire eating

For decades, Todd Robbins has been entertaining audiences with his sideshow act, first at Coney Island and later with several off-Broadway shows. He demonstrated a few tricks of his trade.More

La Jolla Tide Pools

Editor and publisher Ann VanderMeer is the co-editor of the sprawling anthologies “The Big Book of Science Fiction” and “The New Weird...More

Marina Abramovic

For more than 40 years, Marina Abramovic has been testing what’s permissible — and physically possible — in art.More

Protest

Who really benefits from conversations about white privilege? Philosopher Naomi Zack believes that if your goal is to fight ...More

A field full of small American flags

Is bullying a public issue baked into America's DNA?More

BookMarks

Lorrie Moore reviews Alice Munro's "Carried Away."More

Books and a figure

There’s a theory that reading fiction helps us learn to understand other people — and in the process, become kinder, better, more empathetic ourselves.More

The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

John Waters recommends "The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy."More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

violin

Composer William Brittelle's music crosses so many boundaries, it's hard to categorize.More

College Students

Free speech advocate Greg Lukianoff believes universities are coddling students in the name of emotional well-being, with damaging effects to students' mental health.More

Piano with sheet music

Julian Barnes discusses composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his bully - Joseph Stalin.More

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