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James Wolcott

James Wolcott is a columnist for AIR MAIL. He first gained national prominence as a columnist for The Village Voice in the the 1970s and later became Vanity Fair’s cultural critic, while also contributing to The New Yorker. He is the author of several books, including the memoir Lucking Out and Critical Mass, a collection of essays and reviews. Wolcott lives in New York with his wife, the dance and art critic Laura Jacobs.

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So many goodies, so little time. Which shows should
I be listening to, where to start, and how many chortling introductions can I take?

Woodstock at 50

Not Your Ordinary Radioactive Meatball

Also: true and true-enough crime series to latch on to, set in L.A. and N.Y.

Sean Penn Picks a Pickled Pepper

War Games

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

There are worthwhile podcasts for both Brexiteers and Remainiacs. One is recorded in a pub

Drop That Corn Dog

No platform is better suited for letting candidates bypass the hokey rituals of retail campaigning than the humble, motley podcast

Screen Time

Paris Picture Show


With disequilibrium the order of the day, some podcasts make smart, entertaining sense of it all

Mayhem for the Ears

Hunted, a fast-paced mystery podcast by the mastermind behind Law & Order, stars Parker Posey

Photographing the Other

White House of Horrors

A scandal that prefigured today’s appalling Trump escapades. Plus: chasing, and catching, Cosby

Last Days of Disco

Screen Time

The shows to watch in the coming weeks, from a rejuvenated take on Project Runway to an L.A. detective series

There in Spirit

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery launches “Spirit of England,” a weekly series of online exhibitions for browsing and buying

Screen Time

Back to School

A nation of strivers under lockdown meets the à la carte subscription academy MasterClass

Open-Air Revival

Hear Them Roar

Susan Sontag, Germaine Greer, Norman Mailer, and others battle over “women’s lib” in a rarely seen documentary about the epic 1971 all-star debate

Cinema Paradiso

Deep-Sea V.R.-ing

Long Road Back

Monochrome Mania