Culture

  • Written Britain

    Katie Baker looks at a British Museum exhibit that explores the places intimately bound up with the literature of the United Kingdom.
  • American Hero

    The author of 'A Wanted Man' talks to Janice Kaplan about Tom Cruise's new role as Jack Reacher.
  • Fall’s Big Reads

    From Salman Rushdie’s years in hiding to Tom Wolfe’s first novel in eight years, Newsweek picks 15 must-have books.
  • Shiny Objects

    When Justin Bieber was cited for reckless driving last month, the teen heartthrob claimed he was simply trying to avoid aggressive paparazzi. His car, however, made flying under the radar impossible. Bieber’s $110,000 Fisker Karma is custom coated with a mirrorlike chrome body wrap. It’s a look that’s currently all the rage among platinum-selling rappers such as Flo Rida—who chromed out his $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron—pro athletes, and other wealthy spotlight seekers like Scott Disick of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
  • Time Travel in Rome

    One day André Aciman stumbled into one of Rome’s 122 commemorative plaques -- and relived Rome's famous past.
  • I Still Believe in Lance

    To hell with the doping charges. Lance Armstrong performed miracles. Stop tearing down our idols. Why I still believe.
  • Ira Glass

    I’ve definitely had a f--ked up life in a lot of ways, but not because of big turning points where I made the wrong choice. It’s more like character flaws that played out slowly over time. The one exception was the decision to get a dog. That had a lasting effect.
  • The Museum of the Future

    Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk explains why he built a museum dedicated to the glory and tragedy of one fictional couple’s love.
  • A Café for the Ages

    A symbol of continuity and perseverance, a Swiss patisserie in Cairo has served nobility and revolutionaries coffee and cakes.
  • Jeddah

    Abdo Khal on a maternal metropolis that’s nurturing—and coveted.
  • A Writer Unravels

    David Foster Wallace was propped up by his friend Jonathan Franzen and bowled over by his infatuation with poet Mary Karr.
  • The Best of Bangkok

    From knockoff goods to a 15-meter Buddha to a vibrant Chinatown, Thailand’s capital is a haven for tourists.
  • An Intimate Look at Beijing

    Bargain hard at a frenzied open-air market, taste the world’s most succulent duck, and venture into the Forbidden City.
  • 10 Ways to Savor Sydney

    Take in the sweeping views of Australia’s most famous harbor, check out the sharks at the local aquarium, and more.
  • Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago

    Climb the Willis Tower, laugh at the nation’s premier improv club, and grab fresh greens on the North Side.
  • 10 Mexico City Delights

    Choose from a 62-page menu at a famous teahouse, hop a man-powered boat in Xochimilco’s canals, or stroll in the world’s second-largest city square.
  • 10 Rustic Rome Spots

    Descend into history at the Basilica of San Clemente and enjoy the best coffee in the city.

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