Much great literature is informed by British gloom, from the Hound of the Baskervilles stalking the moor to Macbeth plotting in his dark castle. We wondered how a brighter Blighty would change that.
Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.
The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic Raisin in the Sun and won a best supporting actress award for the 2007 film American Gangster, died Wednesday.
The final round is a postscript to our show. In this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?
Who could forget Celine Dion's Titanic's love anthem, "My Heart Will Go On"? We wish we could. In this game, identify movies from their famous soundtrack moments.
We quiz Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for The New Yorker, on her favorite show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Plus, she finds a lifeline in Tom Lenk, the actor who played the show's beloved nerd. Slay on.
Compound words combine shorter ones, like "milkshake." The answers in this game seem compound, but aren't: you get a floor covering ("carpet") by combining a vehicle (car) with the family dog (pet).
The New Yorker TV critic favors Buffy the Vampire Slayer, shows that aren't afraid to be "off-putting" and carrying on Twitter debates about it all. Plus: what should you be watching right now?
We give you a word; you tell us which of three categories it belongs to. This week's categories: animals, world capitals, and (lest we forget to be nerdy) Lord of the Rings characters.
There have been so many Wikipedia "edit wars," that there's an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to them. ("The Eagles" vs. "Eagles"?) In this game about notable edit wars, however, everyone's a winner.
Also: Leslie Jamison is writing two new books; a poem by Rowan Ricardo Phillips.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Emmett's memoir, Within Arm's Length, chronicles his 21 years on the job. But critic J.P. O'Malley says good government agents don't necessarily make good storytellers.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
An exhibit at Smithsonian's Archives of American Art investigates the relationship between artists and their models. The stern woman in Grant Wood's American Gothic? That was actually his sister, Nan.
Alan Cheuse picks three debut writers to send your mind globe-trotting this summer.
Children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís maps the life and flights of another kid-lit star, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in his gorgeously illustrated new book The Pilot and the Little Prince.
Essence might be the longest-running magazine for black women, but the authors of a new book, The Man From Essence, admit that it was a long road to build the brand.
In a surprising defeat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to Tea Party challenger David Brat. But what does this mean for Republicans going forward? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.
Also: Eric Hill, creator of the Spot the Dog series, has died; Karl Ove Knausgaard looks at his uncomfortable relationship with celebrity.
Ten-year-old Melanie, the star of M.R. Carey's new novel, doesn't know why she needs armed guards and restraints. But readers will find out soon enough, in this grotesque yet grimly hopeful thriller.