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.
Joel McHale, on trying to out-funny the president at the White House Correspondents Dinner
Sarah McLachlan on her latest album, her melancholy streak and the importance of having a lighter side
What to read, watch and listen to in April
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…
What to read, watch and listen to in March
What to read, watch and listen to in February
With two new shows premiering this month, HBO is hoping you’ll get snowed in
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.
This month, political and cultural humorist P.J. O’Rourke takes aim at an entire generation
Will Arnett may have become a familiar face on “Arrested Development,” but his pipes have been famous for decades
Actor, singer and dancer Rita Moreno on winning Hollywood
A new book chronicles the decorative oddities of postwar Britain
Los Angeles reaches for cultural preeminence this month with the LA Art Show
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.
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.
This month’s books
Meet the handsome brothers adding sex appeal to television’s home improvement genre
Despite an Oscar nomination and a couple of plum Hollywood roles, Rinko Kikuchi has the right to remain silent
Depravity gets the la-di-da treatment with a musical version of American Psycho