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The Filmmaker-to-Critic Road Map

Mystery Man

Eight Questions with Anthony Horowitz, the man behind Foyle’s War and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, a series of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, and his own mystery TV show

A Seven-Decade Roman Holiday

The diaries of the American art critic, photographer, and Rome transplant Milton Gendel reveal a life spent mingling with artists, royals, and other notables

Second-Lead Syndrome

Dancing man Tommy Rall steals the screen in MGM’s Kiss Me, Kate

The Wilder West

Post–Civil War, while most white settlers were eager to push American Indians off their land, General William Sherman advocated for the tribes

Failing Up

Will Prince Harry Spare King Charles?

On this week’s podcast, Stuart Heritage reveals why the royals dread Harry’s forthcoming book; and more

Ahoy for a Shipwreck

In Houston, Louisa Muller directs a long-neglected operatic masterpiece

Half Myth, Half Man

The author of a new biography of Bo Jackson, an elusive star of both the N.F.L. and M.L.B., didn’t obtain his subject’s participation, but he got the next best thing: 720 original interviews

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, and with unprecedented access to secret military archives, a new BBC drama tells how a group of maverick officers formed the S.A.S. in the darkest days of World War II

Waxing Poetic

Forces of Nature

The renowned photographer Karsh shot some of the 20th century’s most remarkable women

Handy Halloween Hacks

With a few minor tweaks, you can recycle an old costume into something more timely

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The Cub Years

Murder, They Wrote

This month, mystery books that take place in luxury getaways are perfect settings for murders. Plus: the latest from Michael Connelly, and fresh Scandi noir

Danse Macabre

A wicked Rigoletto on the floating stage of Bregenz, Austria

Keeping Score

Inside the fierce competition, and subtle similarities, between soccer’s greatest rivals: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

One for the Booker

An interview with Shehan Karunatilaka, the Sri Lankan writer who won the Booker Prize for his novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida last week

Staff Picks

Don’t miss the story of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, one woman’s chronicle of world violence, and a glimpse inside Barack Obama’s White House

Sleeping Beauty, Re-awakened

The Vienna State Ballet’s new production of the fairy tale adds substance to the gossamer world

Golden Girls

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