Cutter Wood doesn't like murder mysteries. And yet he found himself investigating a woman's disappearance, and writing a book about her murder.
The romance of Camus and Casares is richer, if not sadder, when considered alongside the narratives of each of their work. There is an eerie doubling of life and art. Absurdity is the only certainty, and this is confirmed over and over again by coincidence and chance.
The French Revolution, and the invention of the guillotine, allowed Charles-Henri Sanson, whose family had been executioners for generations, to become a hero — but the glory was brief.
Producers, and by extension viewers, are fueling the psychosis by highlighting it, elevating it, while simultaneously opening every action to scrutiny, trapping the lunatics in a cycle of self-exploitation until the crack is exposed. Or maybe the shows forced a crack in people that wasn’t there before. Either way, the end result is the same.
For the creators of the Rational Dress Society, Utopia is a party where everyone is wearing the exact same thing.
Kay Nielsen's multicultural, mythical designs for the film were too dark, too morally ambiguous.
On "The Baby Book," attachment parenting, female ambition and what gets thrown out.
The crime writer Sarah Weinman followed the story of Andrew Cunanan before he murdered Versace, and long before the story became a series on FX.
The rise of digital media has made every kind of art widely accessible, but it has also created many problems.
Sam Clemens enjoys a reputation unrivaled in American literary history and he was in large part the architect of that reputation. From the start of his career, he tried to control his public image.
A few years ago during a visit to Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence, I experienced a flash of insight about the artist that I saw as intrinsic to his becoming the father of modern painting.
"I am frightened by the proportions of my prosperity," he said to a friend. "It seems to me that whatever I touch turns to gold."
The French paperweight heyday, between 1845 and 1860, remained the high-water mark for the industry for nearly a hundred years. Then in the sixties, in America, the studio-glass movement relocated glassmaking from factories to ateliers, where utility gave way to art.
An author recounts her peculiar experiences being mistaken for someone else (and being asked for autographs on top of it).
After cooking for the popes and cardinals for decades in the 1500s, Bartolomeo Scappi published the world's first illustrated cookbook.
"The bhakti canon is vast and glorious. One of its greatest figures is a woman remembered as Mira Bai, whose songs have endured half a millennium, and whose singular significance in Indian society has only increased since the nation’s independence seventy years ago. "
With hindsight, it seems obvious that a collecting craze like Beanie Baby mania was destined to fizzle out. One morbid specimen can help us understand why these bears are collecting dust in the recesses of our minds.
The world is divided into people who sit on the floor and those who sit on chairs. In a classic study of human posture around the world, the anthropologist Gordon W. Hewes identified no fewer than a hundred common sitting positions.
Growing up in the context of no context.
Not only will she shit on you on her album, but the song will become a single, then a hit, and then you will hear yourself shat upon by an army of young women at Staples Center. And then she’ll deny that she was ever doing anything other than righteously manifesting her art. It’s diabolical, and for a lifelong passive-aggressive like me, it’s made her my hero.