Performing Arts | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

Aikman, Becky. Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781594206719. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698405639. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FILM Former Business Week/Newsday reporter Aikman explains how 30-year-old production assistant Callie Khouri persisted in the face of considerable indifference to write a film […]

Literature, Music, TV | Arts Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

Bloom, Harold. Falstaff: Give Me Life. Scribner. Apr. 2017. 176p. ISBN 9781501164132. $22; ebk. ISBN 9781501164156. LITERATURE Distinguished critic Bloom, known especially for his Shakespeare scholarship, shows us why Falstaff—central to the three Henry plays—is considered Shakespeare’s greatest comic character. As Bloom explains, readers experience Falstaff differently as they move through life, which clarifies how […]

We Like To Watch (TV) | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 1, 2016

Binge-watching TV has become a national—and worldwide—pastime; here are two explorations of the impact television has had on the collective consciousness of humanity

Gabriel García Márquez and Magical Realism | Pop Culture Advisory

Novels, films, and television shows that demonstrate magical realism

Marshmallow Tests and Swimming Puppies | More Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Gotham. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781592408702. $27.50. BIOGRAPHY/MEDICINE Whether you know it or not, you are deeply indebted to Thomas Dent Mütter, a plastic surgeon in mid-19th-century Philadelphia who pioneered the use of anesthesia and the sterilization […]

Pop Culture Advisory: Orange Is the New Black

With the success of Orange Is the New Black, take a look at other tales of women in prison.

Nonfiction Previews, Pt. 5: On Johnny Carson, Charlie Parker, and Masterpiece Theatre

Bushkin, Henry. Untitled on Johnny Carson. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780544217621. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780544217737. MEMOIR/TELEVISION Johnny Carson’s attorney for nearly two decades, at a time when the Tonight Show was at its height and Carson went through two divorces, Bushkin ultimately served as his “counselor, partner, employee, business advisor, earpiece, mouthpiece, enforcer, […]

Video Reviews | March 1, 2013

Reviews of Downton Abbey Season 3, Manufactured Landscapes, and Searching for Sugar Man, plus a full list of video reviews in the Mar. 1 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | February 15, 2013

Reviews of Blake Bailey’s Farther & Wilder, Carol Burnett’s Carrie and Me, and Donald Lopez Jr.’s From Stone to Flesh, plus a full list of arts and humanities reviews in the Feb. 15 issue.

Trailers: What’s coming on DVD/Blu-ray | March 1, 2013

Upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases of note.