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Fiction by Jake Tapper, Jonathan Ames Kills and Thrills

Protagonists of two new novels battle powerful underground organizations. The similarities end there.

Beyond the James Dean Mythology with Graham’s ‘Giant’

Looking back at the novel and the iconic Hollywood film, with its biting indictment of greed, misogyny and bigotry in Texas.

Elizabeth Catlett Sculpts Black Women Ready for Revolution

An artist with something profound to say about race, gender and dignity.

Kurt Andersen’s “Fantasyland” Got Me All Worked Up

In "Fantasyland," Americans are fundamentally kooky believers in anything; sometimes for the good, sometimes not.

2017 Politics Got You Down? Let William Dean Howells Be Your...

Nationalistic rhetoric, fear of immigrants, police killings of citizens? How the Haymarket case reflects 2017 politics.

With “Vacationland,” Comic Liar John Hodgman Spills Truth

The onetime "Daily Show" player turns serious in a new collection of personal essays.

“The Phoenix Years”: Celebrating Chinese Artists’ Persistence

Madeleine O'Dea's new history examines China's post-Mao creative life.

3D Opera “Blank Out” Tells Human Story Using Technology

The 3D video in Michel van der Aa’s chamber opera “Blank Out” is no gimmick.

“The Sense of the Past”: Henry James’s Rickety WABAC Machine

The unfinished, posthumously published 1917 novel transports its hero back to 1820.

Sarah Goldhagen: How Built Forms Form Us

Goldhagen discusses the science of architecture's powerful effects on human beings.

“After Andy”: When a Former London “It” Girl Went Warhol

In her memoir, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni also tells tales of Pinter, Jagger and Lagerfeld.

At JFK’s Centenary, Historian Steven Watts Views a Mixed Legacy

"JFK and the Masculine Mystique" looks at how extreme male energy branded the early 1960s.

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, Sittin’ in a Stoppard Tree

Radcliffe still has that puckish quality he's always had -- and it serves him well.

Courting Chekhov: Cate Blanchett on Broadway

Richard Roxburgh, womanizer. Cate Blanchett, womanized.

“The Front Page”: Broadway’s Big Banner Headline

Nathan Lane heads a superb cast examining Jazz Age chicanery.

Rachel Weisz Delivers Plenty (and Then Some)

The endlessly complex and elusive Susan Traherne remains a grueling and epic role.

Theater Critic Frank Rizzo Balances Head and Heart

"A little self-doubt, humor or humility can give an opinion authenticity."

11th Hour Party People: Monstah Black’s “Hyperbolic!”

The queer multidisciplinary performance is the centerpiece of HOT! Festival.

“She Loves Me” Blooming Once Again on Broadway

...and this critic loves it.
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