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A tower of vinyl.
August 16, 2018

The golden age of anonymous music

The curious world of vintage stock music libraries, a groundbreaking radio thriller and America’s most prestigious cinema: the White House.

August 09, 2018

Walden pondered

How “Walden” holds up, “I Will Survive” at 40 and Leonard Bernstein’s concerts for children.

The crying laughing emoji.
August 01, 2018

Everyone’s a comedian

Ken Jennings on the history — and ubiquity — of comedy, Picasso in Mira T. Lee’s new novel and a performance by Roomful of Teeth.

Just a girl and a swing.
July 26, 2018


The art of children at play: playground design, imaginary friends and the unlikely histories of Barbie and the Frisbee.

Contemporary art comes to Cleveland.
July 19, 2018

Making it in Cleveland

A citywide art survey in Ohio, a biblical reading of Beyoncé and the mastery — and misery — of a quality control technician.

The artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb and her anthology of autobiographical comics, “Love That Bunch.”
July 12, 2018

Drawn from experience

What inspired comic artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Wilson Pickett and “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.

July 05, 2018

American Icons: Monticello

This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions.

Getting dirty with “Fifty Shades of Grey,” John Waters and diapers
June 28, 2018


When art is dirty ... and dirt is arty.

Flavor Flav (left) and Chuck D (right), of Public Enemy, perform during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2014.
June 21, 2018

Rebels without a pause

A revolutionary Public Enemy album turns 30, the history of protest art and the “Nancy” comics reboot.

Welcome to the Sunshine State.
June 14, 2018

Shadows in the Sunshine State

The strange, creative influence of Florida.