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Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature, died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 85.<p>The writer Judith Thurman, a close friend, said the cause was congestive heart failure. Mr. Roth had homes in …

Literature

The dark net, surveillance dolls and Van Gogh’s zombie ear: technology’s role in art debated at Boston conference

Technology’s rising influence is affecting cultural institutions just as much as every other aspect of society, as was made clear at the annual …

Museums

Dystopia, Apocalypse, Culture War: 2018 or 1968?

In 1968, the world went up in flames, the auteur theory ignited debate, parental guidance at the movies was suggested, women in film were on the verge of a breakthrough, flesh-eating zombies hit the screen and American movies went to war (again). The world was watching, and the world was …

Democratic National Convention

'Usagi Yojimbo' Creator Wins the First Joe Kubert Storyteller Award

Stan Sakai has been working on the fan-favorite comic book series since 1984.<p>The first Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award has been presented …

Graphic Novels

#81 Dave Gibbons Interview

Ben, Tim and Simon are joined by comics legend Dave Gibbons. Co-Creator of Watchmen and Kingsman: The Secret Service, Dave talks about his whole …

Comics

A trauma surgeon explains the bloody reality of keeping gunshot victims alive

‘Too many people are shot, it’s a public health problem.’<p>This month’s shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, which left four people injured and one person dead, rattled Silicon Valley. But for Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center where …

Self Defense

“Tully” is a new look at the old question of motherhood and identity

IT WAS Plutarch who first mulled over the question. If an object has been restored, each and every piece replaced over time, does it remain the same …

Qatar Airways

Review: U2 Is Still Fighting for the American Dream

TULSA, Okla. — Love and hope contend with trauma and dread in U2’s Experience + Innocence worldwide arena tour, which opened Wednesday night at the BOK Center here. Positive thinking isn’t guaranteed to prevail; the state of the world is too unsettled for U2 to make promises. For decades, the band …

Music

The Art of Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks (1874–1970) lived most of her life in Paris where she was a leading figure of an artistic counterculture of upper-class Europeans and …

Art

What Happens When People and Companies Are Both Just ‘Brands’?

Some ideas are bigger than others. Some even grow so large that they turn into paradigms, their logic organizing the way we see everything around them. And if you’re uncertain what framework dominates modern life, well, you can take it from the TED conference fixture and Advertising for Humanity …

Taco Bell

Prof Stephen Hawking's multiverse finale

<b>Prof Stephen Hawking's final research paper suggests that our Universe may be one of many similar to our own.</b><p>The theory resolves a cosmic paradox of the late physicist's own making.<p>It also points a way forward for astronomers to find evidence of the existence of parallel universes.<p>The study was …

Physics

Macron warns US Congress: There's no Planet B

U.S. Congress

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, a place for people who have been held accountable for their crimes and duly expressed remorse.<p>Just a few yards up the street lies a different kind of rehabilitation center, for a country …

Black History

Crazy Rich Asians Is Going to Make Comedy History

The movie has assembled a dream team of Asian actors—and it looks pretty good, too!<p>One of the nice things about movies in 2018 is that we're finally not making white people do everything, you know? Ya'll have done a lot, white people. You must be tired. Please, take a load off. Hang out a bit. Play …

Why Art? – Eleanor Davis Tackles the Big Question of Aesthetics with Acres of Wit and Pathos

Why Art? Not What Art or When Art or How Art Thou? Eleanor Davis tackles one of those kind of stupid while at the same time super important questions …

Books

How a Racist Smear Campaign Derailed Lauryn Hill’s Career

As Hill embarks on a 20th anniversary tour for her classic album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ it’s time to look back on why one of the most …

The 100 Most Influential Pages in Comic Book History

The origin story of comic books isn’t flashy. No radioactive spider bite, atomic explosion, or shadowy experiment granted the medium the sort of …

Today, Go Say an Overdue Thank You. It’ll Make You Feel Better.

<i>Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. Editor Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.</i><p>A few years ago The New York Times ran a story that said expressing gratitude — <i>even if you’re faking it</i> — can measurably …

'The most significant development since the safety belt'

<b>Here is an extraordinary statistic: since the Volvo XC90 went on sale in the UK in 2002 it has sold over 50,000 vehicles, yet not a single person has been killed while driving it, or as a passenger.</b><p>It is, according to the independent laboratory Thatcham Research, the safest car it has ever …

Front-Facing Camera

Is Stan Lee Being Held Prisoner by Real-Life Villains?

LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics maestro and co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and Black Panther, lives in a world of heroes and villains. But these days, it can be hard to tell which is which.<p>Few creators have left as profound a mark on popular culture. According to The-Numbers, a box …

Comics

Great art isn’t always made by good people, but this is getting ridiculous

Perhaps because I have fallen in love with the work of so many writers and artists who were less than great moral role models, I spend a lot of time — perhaps too much — trying to keep aesthetics and ethics apart in my mind. I haven’t wanted to fall into the naivete of expecting great art to be …

Art

Everything You Need to Know About the Infinity Stones

After 10 years of Marvel’s ambitious, unprecedented, interconnected genre filmmaking, <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> is finally going to give fans everything …

People Won’t Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

From rust being washed off some old pots to dirt removed from crevices between tiles, watching something return to its previous state is oddly …

Why Signatures Matter

When I heard this week that most credit card transactions soon won’t require a signature, I was reminded of an experiment I once conducted. Curious to see if I would recognize their handwriting, I asked four friends to send me a postcard, each with the same greeting: “Having a wonderful time. Wish …

Joe Biden

Palo Alto startup takes AI to the movies

Inside an old Palo Alto auto body shop, Stefan Avalos pushed a movie camera down a dolly track.<p>He and a small crew were making a short film about self-driving cars. They were shooting a powder-blue 1962 Austin Mini, but through special effects the rusted relic would be transformed into an …

Physicists Just Discovered an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

"No one thought this was possible in solid materials."<p>One of the ultimate goals of modern physics is to unlock the power of superconductivity, where …

Trauma Surgeon Who Treated YouTube Victims: ‘Every Day There are People Who are Getting Shot and Hurt’

Gun violence clamored for our attention again earlier this week, when a woman shot three people and then killed herself Tuesday at the YouTube …

San Francisco

Prussian Blue – The Art and Science of Color

As I was scrolling through Instagram the other morning, I stopped to “like” and admire a post on Charlotte Di Carcaci’s artful feed. <br>The gorgeous …

Westminster Bridge

Oysters with Neil Gaiman

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Film Review: ‘The Price of Everything’

Director:Nathaniel KahnWith:Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Stefan Edlis, Amy Cappellazzo, George Condo, Njideka Akunyily Crosby, Margaret Lee, Marilyn …