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Bests, Worsts, and Other Superlatives From 2014 in Entertainment

We've looked at 2014 from many angles already — our critics each picked the best movies, television, music, art, books, theater, and much, much more. But now we are going to taking a closer look at our favorite things. What was the best comeback? What was the best dance scene? What... More »

Hollywood Stays the Course

Even before recent debacles the movie industry has been criticized quite a bit. It seems like the old days are gone: there is much less creativity now, as Hollywood turns out profitable but hardly stirring comic books and Transformer movies, and continues its love affair with safety and with sequels. So I've got good news and bad news. Show More Summary

The best books we read in 2014

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Published last year, Adichie's critically acclaimed novel follows Ifemlu, a young Nigerian woman who immigrates to the United States for college and ends up staying and writing a popular blog about race in America. Show More Summary

This Award-Winning Comic Book Series Could Become A Game

One of the most critically acclaimed comic books released in recent times could become a game, according to the creator of the series. The name of the comic? Saga. And the writer believes that a development studio like TellTale Games would be perfectly suited to handle the material.Click To Continue Reading

Publishers Weekly Releases Second Part Of Its Year-End Comics Appraisals: The Critics' Poll

Whether you use it to find a bunch of new books or to go "Oh my God, on what planet does that book gets any votes at all, let alone than this clearly superior book here?" asking critics to name favorite books and then compiling the works into a list usually provides a few moments of fun of the discovery, the grumpy, or the grumpy-discovery kind. Show More Summary

A Conflict of Visions, Part 4: The Constrained Vision’s Support for the Free Market

I have promised a series of posts on Thomas Sowell’s revelatory book A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. The book has given me critical insights into the way people think about various issues, and I now find it hard to consider any political issue without seeing it through the lens of Sowell’s […]

Analyzing Music No Longer Allowed

One of the things my Concord Sonata book is being criticized for is that all I do is analyze the music. Apparently I’m supposed to be bringing in multidisciplinary approaches: I dunno, historiography, reception history, gender studies. Musicology has moved on from the mere analysis of music, and by analyzing a piece I must be […]

Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk

Missing out on this kind of sleep can lead to poor memory and dementia. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: How...Show More Summary

Tim Howard Amends New Book After Brad Friedel Criticism

Tim Howard is set to amend his new book, entitled The Keeper, in the wake of a recent controversy surrounding the Everton goalkeeper's assertion that compatriot Brad Friedel attempted to block his 2003 move to Manchester United. In the...Show More Summary

David Oyelowo Joining Lupita Nyong'o for 'Americanah' Adaptation

Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Show More Summary

The true cost of juvenile incarceration

In 2008, five years into a long and expensive conflict, economists Joseph Stiglitz and Laura Bilmes surprised even the Iraq War's critics with their estimation of its true cost. The calculations in their book The Three Trillion Dollar...Show More Summary

Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

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Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

Kim Kardashian Krops Daughter Out of Selfie

Kim Kardashian has posted a new selfie to her Instagram account. This would not typically be a noteworthy news item, considering there's actually a Kim Kardashian selfie book out there and everything. But fans and critics are debating the photo online because, well... Show More Summary

David Denby to Step Down as New Yorker Film Critic

David Denby, a film critic for The New Yorker since 1998, will write “longer critic-at-large pieces” on films, books and other topics, according to the magazine.

At Year’s End

“Year-end lists are always subjective and incomplete, but they are especially tricky for books. A dedicated film critic can watch every wide release film and a theater critic can go to most every play, but the book critic is faced with an insurmountable mountain of books each year. The sheer number of books is inspiring as […]

Gauthier, Psalms 38 and 145 of the Old Greek Version

NEW BOOK FROM BRILL:Psalms 38 and 145 of the Old Greek Version Randall X. GauthierOne of the critical, ongoing discussions in Septuagint Studies today concerns the issue of how texts were understood by their translators, and how those translations are able to provide the modern reader with clues to that original interpretation. Show More Summary

Our Critics' Top Picks Today

DOESN'T GET MUCH MORE TOPICAL THAN AMIN GHAZIANI Amin Ghaziani @ Elliott Bay Book CompanyLiterary events don’t get much more topical than this: There Goes the Gayborhood? is a densely reported book about the disappearing gay neighborhood. Show More Summary

Book Excerpt: "Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema" by Tina Hassannia

Asghar Farhadi is one of the most important filmmakers in the world, winner of the first Academy Award for Iran for Best Foreign Language Film for his masterful "A Separation." Tina Hassannia, a film critic for The Guardian, Slant Magazine,...Show More Summary

See the Candy-Colored Cover to Matt Zoller Seitz’s Grand Budapest Hotel Book

When Vulture critic Matt Zoller Seitz released his exhaustively researched Wes Anderson Collection last fall, he had to leave out The Grand Budapest Hotel for one very understandable reason: The film hadn't been released yet. Now that it has, and is being nominated for a bunch of awards, Seitz luckily has... More »

For Our Consideration: On year-end lists and the importance of pop culture completism

Year in and year out, when December rolls around, pop culture critics and fanatics find themselves neck-deep in a year-end catch up. It’s the time of year where we engage with the music, movies, TV shows, and books that we’ve missed or put off throughout the year in an effort to make our best-of lists as comprehensive as possible. Show More Summary

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