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The Classical Origins of Great TV

<b>As the final half-season</b> of <i>Breaking Bad</i> edges toward its conclusion, hero-turned-villain Walter White, a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who began cooking crystal meth and has now become the kingpin of his own drug cartel, may be forced to dispose of his pupil and filial sidekick, Jesse (and …

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Cultural Appropriation: Is it okay to appropriate an item valuable to another culture?

Photographer Sanaa Hamid is sparking conversation with her new series ‘Cultural Appropriation: A Conversation’, which explores the way people take …

Why Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is so great.

Miles Davis'<i>Kind of Blue</i>, which was released 50 years ago today, is a nearly unique thing in music or any other creative realm: a huge hit—the …

How Tony Soprano Changed Television

There was a time, just a few years ago, when a movie actor could not take a TV job without it seeming like an admission of failure. Doing so was embarrassing, a sign of desperation—not merely because TV fame was chintzier, and the Hollywood status lower, but also because no one thought that TV …

Portraits of women – by the men who loved them

The Azca gallery is tucked at the back of a shopping mall opposite Real Madrid's towering Bernabeu Stadium. It's the unlikely setting for one of the …

'Staggering' digital folk music archive launched

The Full English, an online folk music archive of 44,000 records and over 58,000 digitised images, is launched with special concert at the English Folk Dance and Song Society<p><b>Martin Simpson</b> paid tribute to the "staggering" free online digital folk music archive, of 44,000 records and over 58,000 …

Paris Review - Jonathan Franzen, The Art of Fiction No. 207

Interviewed by Stephen J. Burn<p>Issue 195, Winter 2010<p>Jonathan Franzen’s fiction bears the mark of a Midwest upbringing, his books preoccupied with quiet lives nurtured there and broken apart by contact with the rest of the world. But four long novels into an unusually public ­career, Franzen now …