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The Day Peter O’Toole Wasn’t Drunk
Behind the scenes with one of our greatest actors.
South Africans Send Off Mandela With a Hallelujah Chorus of Approval
The long days of mourning and sadness have been lightened by endless singing and toyi toyi.
What Scares You Might Scare Your Kids
A new study suggests fear may be a heritable trait.
Vivian Maier Created Art In Secret For More Than 50 Years
The photographer was rescued from obscurity when a Chicago real-estate agent bought a crate of her negatives for at a storage-box auction in 2007.
Gadget Lust: Pressed Into Service
The Mercedes of waffle irons really makes an impression.
Pow! Zap! Kerrash! Enter Madiba, Comic Book Hero
Move over Batman and the Green Lantern, Nelson Mandela enters the graphic biography pantheon.
On the Road With Cut Copy, the Beatles of Electro-Pop
A decade ago, none of the members of Cut Copy had any musical training. Now they're turning down gigs with Gaga.
Norman Rockwell Portrait of Ike Heading for Public Display
Two of the American artist’s best loved pictures was snapped up by one of the brothers who were selling them.
Fighting for the Good, Green Land
A new documentary recounts the history of the American environmental movement.
New York City’s War On Artists
A recent court ruling could make it impossible for street vendors to sell their work in New York and across the nation.
Gadget Lust: The Sharpest Knife in the Drawer
No cutlery puns were spared in examining the cutting edge of science.
Soccer Punch: How Qatar Came to Host the 2022 World Cup
FIFA has taken heat for its decision to hold its main event in a small emirate with big money.
Going to That Great Cocktail Lounge in the Sky
A colorful history of Northwest Airlines and flying’s more glorious days.
Will American Art Lovers Ever See Rockwell’s 'Saying Grace' Again?
Mystery buyer pays a record price for the American masterpiece that broke all records at auction.
An Evening With Rembrandt And Vermeer
"Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis," runs until January 19 at the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side.
Reviewing the Goodreads Best Books of 2013 Without Having Read Any of Them
Our resident bibliophobe reviews the GoodReads winners without actually cracking the jackets.
Hotels Contend With a Surge In Flash Travel
As smartphones get smarter, travelers are upending the hospitality industry with last-minute bookings.
Leonard Bernstein’s False Confession to a Crime He Did Not Commit
For more than 20 years the FBI hounded the composer of 'West Side Story' over the company he kept.
Going, Going. The Tragedy Behind a Sale of American Art
Bidding will be fierce as rare Norman Rockwells go under the hammer.
Goodreads Best of 2013 History & Biography Finalists
Everything you need to know about -- and vote on -- the best historical and biographical books of the year.
White House Turkey Pardoning Goes Hunger Games
The choice is yours.
Audubon On Display in Republished 'Birds of America'
A new edition of the prized ornithological volume is a lavishly illustrated history of the nation.
Gadget Lust: Power of the Press
The Aeropress makes you the perfect home coffee maker.
Divorce, Doggy Style
Pet custody mediators train former partners not to fight in front of the puppies.
Goodreads Best of 2013 Historical Fiction Finalists
Everything you need to know about -- and vote on -- the best historical fiction of the year.
Some Art’s Painful by Design
To protest the police state a Russian performance artist mutilates himself in a way that is shocking, but not as novel as it sounds.
One for the Books
The National Book Award winners bring literature a new currency on Wall Street.
Goodreads Best of 2013 Nonfiction Finalists
Everything you need to know about -- and vote on -- the best nonfiction books of the year.
A Good God Is Hard to Find
While studying writing in Iowa, far from her native Georgia, Flannery O’Connor kept a prayer journal that has only recently been discovered.