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The Year in Music, Part 6

So. We’ve picked the best albums of 2014 in 10 different genres. Which means that, if your Christmas shopping list + more


Art? Not art? Play the game to find out! On this day in 1903, the world got a little smaller. Here’s Orville + more

Word of the Day

pulchritude (noun) Physical comeliness; beauty. Though Aaron’s writing was woefully subpar, CK—sensing that the young man’s radiant pulchritude might come in handy during client presentations—offered him + more

The Year in Music, Part 5

In the penultimate installment of our annual roundup of the year’s best music, we finally get around to the classical and + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

N. M Gwynne has proven that happiness depends on grammar. No, really. Here he is in Chapter Two of Gwynne’s + more

Poetry Break

From Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964), by former United States Poet Laureate Mark Strand, who died a couple of + more

The Year in Music, Part 4

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time—and really, why wouldn’t you?—you know we’re in the midst + more

Quote of the Day

Influential science fiction author Robert Heinlein (The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Puppet Masters) was a + more

The Year in Music, Part 3

In the third installment of our survey of the best music of 2014 (go here for part 1 and here for part 2), + more

Chianti Anyone?

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than eating meat? Well, actually…breakfast sausage. But I don’t think it’ll mind + more

Speaking of Hollywood…

At one point on my way to the theater to catch Interstellar last weekend—perhaps the second time in a year the missus + more

Are We Changing Back?

Rob Long, who cut his teeth on a little television show called Cheers, is one of the most interesting writers on + more

The Year in Music, Part 2

We began our survey of the year’s music a little over a week ago with our picks for best avant-garde + more

The Year in Music, Part 1

2014 is winding down. Which means, of course, that it’s time for a review of the year’s best music. We’re going to + more

Two Thoughts for the Price of One

If you’ve ever read Lolita, you’ll want to read Sarah Weinman’s account of the 1948 abduction of Sally Horner. And if + more

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