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  • The Commencement Bowl
    Culture | May 2014

    The Commencement Bowl

    Your college years really are the best of your life—which becomes apparent when you’re on the threshold of the real world, with its “laundromats” and “jobs.” To prepare grads, colleges recruit public figures to deliver existential pep talks. Landing the best speakers, meanwhile, has become a kind of intercollegiate sport. Here, with commencement season upon us, a look at this year’s rivalries.


  • A Tough Act to Follow
    Culture | May 2014

    A Tough Act to Follow

    Joel McHale, on trying to out-funny the president at the White House Correspondents Dinner


  • When It Rains, She Shines
    Culture | May 2014

    When It Rains, She Shines

    Sarah McLachlan on her latest album, her melancholy streak and the importance of having a lighter side


  • The Month Ahead
    Culture | Apr 2014

    The Month Ahead

    What to read, watch and listen to in April


  • Game of Clones
    Culture | Mar 2014

    Game of Clones

    Kermit lovers are in for a treat this month, with the U.S. release of Muppets Most Wanted (March 21). Fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” meanwhile, are gearing up for the upcoming fourth season. But is there any crossover appeal? This would seem unlikely, but a close look at the characters reveals a number of startling similarities…


  • The Month Ahead
    Culture | Mar 2014

    The Month Ahead

    What to read, watch and listen to in March


  • The Month Ahead
    Culture | Feb 2014

    The Month Ahead

    What to read, watch and listen to in February


  • The Winter of Our Content
    Culture | Jan 2014

    The Winter of Our Content

    With two new shows premiering this month, HBO is hoping you’ll get snowed in


  • New Year’s Revolutions
    Culture | Jan 2014

    New Year’s Revolutions

    With all the resolution-making and “Auld Lang Syne” singing, it’s hard not to get reflective at the turn of the new year. Ramping up the nostalgia even further are three new releases from some of our favorite bands from the ’90s. So, dig out the flannel and crank up the angst as we rate these records in terms of Gen. X factor.


  • The Month Ahead: Books
    Culture | Jan 2014

    The Month Ahead: Books

    This month, political and cultural humorist P.J. O’Rourke takes aim at an entire generation


  • The Voice
    Culture | Jan 2014

    The Voice

    Will Arnett may have become a familiar face on “Arrested Development,” but his pipes have been famous for decades


  • Most Likely to Succeed
    Culture | Jan 2014

    Most Likely to Succeed

    Actor, singer and dancer Rita Moreno on winning Hollywood


  • Quirks of Art
    Culture | Jan 2014

    Quirks of Art

    A new book chronicles the decorative oddities of postwar Britain


  • A Tale of Two Meccas
    Culture | Jan 2014

    A Tale of Two Meccas

    Los Angeles reaches for cultural preeminence this month with the LA Art Show


  • Time Plots
    Culture | Dec 2013

    Time Plots

    All right, Hollywood movie execs, we get it: The ’60s and ’70s were cool. The parties, the hustlers, and would you look at those outfits? This month’s slate of movies based on true stories from the hippie-disco era makes us want to hop in a time machine and set the dial to “Age of Aquarius.” Although we might pack better pants.


  • Pop Psalms
    Culture | Dec 2013

    Pop Psalms

    Like eggnog, holiday music has a tendency to divide people rather than unite them. For every lover of “Frosty the Snowman” there’s an equally ardent hater. Here, a few selections from this year’s crop, in order of their potential for controversy.


  • Crossed Words
    Culture | Dec 2013

    Crossed Words

    This month’s books


  • Hot Properties
    Culture | Dec 2013

    Hot Properties

    Meet the handsome brothers adding sex appeal to television’s home improvement genre


  • Tokyo Rising
    Culture | Dec 2013

    Tokyo Rising

    Despite an Oscar nomination and a couple of plum Hollywood roles, Rinko Kikuchi has the right to remain silent


  • Killer Tracks
    Culture | Dec 2013

    Killer Tracks

    Depravity gets the la-di-da treatment with a musical version of American Psycho


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