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Keeping It Real

How an art journalist challenged the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board—and incidentally revealed many of its secrets

The Mystery of Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim’s biographer looks back at the signs she missed when interviewing the legendary composer and lyricist

In Search of Misspent Youth

Hormones, horsepower, and hamburgers: the making of American Graffiti

Un-Balancing the Books

The Great (Culture) War

In 2023, while some cities celebrated femininity with Taylor Swift and Barbie, others pivoted toward angry country music. Do universal pop-culture trends even exist anymore?

Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

Postcard New England

The early days of skiing in the United States were wild and woolly, with rope tows, aristocratic instructors, and five-to-a-room boarding houses

On Top of the World

A new coffee-table book offers a delightful guide to Alpine travel across France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Germany

Succession, Royals-Style

Could You Be an Attention Whore?

On this week’s podcast, the keeper of our Attention-Whore Index reveals the worst of this year’s worst

Boomers vs. Gen Z–ers

Did the baby-boomers have more style? Are Gen Z–ers less reprehensible? Find out in our battle of the generations!

For the Ages

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made 24 bold and imaginative films before falling out of favor. Now the duo that Martin Scorsese and Tilda Swinton credit as influences are getting their due

These Hills Are Made for Stalkin’

Visiting Scotland’s Letterewe Estate is like stepping back in time

Risko’s Sketchbook

The Real “Danish Girl”?

Lucia Lucas, baritone, walks the walk as the transgender trailblazer Lili Elbe

Side Effects

Neuroscientist Candace Pert’s pioneering medical research was meant to help end drug addiction. Instead, Big Pharma used it to create opioids

English History on LSD

A Man Out of Time

How Robert Altman and a down-on-his-luck Elliott Gould re-invented the detective movie

Black Emanuelle Matters

A saucy sexploitation-movie series is being re-assessed as a groundbreaking feminist work in an exhaustive new boxed set

The Amsterdam Diaries

The 12 Years a Slave director, Steve McQueen, and his partner, Bianca Stigter, discuss the making of Occupied City, a new documentary about Nazi-era Amsterdam

Why Was the “Indiana Jones of Lost Movies” Accused of Manslaughter?

On this week’s podcast, John von Sothen reports from Paris on a trial fit to be a film

Marguerite Humeau

For her latest exhibition, the French artist has installed nearly 90 sculptures across Colorado’s San Luis Valley

Good Help Is Hard to Find

Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter’s cult masterpiece, The Servant, turns 60

Paul Davis’s Sketchbook