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Fifty Years of “Learning from Las Vegas”

The cool appraisal of Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi’s revolutionary book has a lot to inspire the architects of today.By Christopher HawthorneJanuary 27, 2023Car View of the Strip with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, 1968.Photograph by Steven Izenour / Courtesy Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, Inc. On the morning of January 10, 1969,...

The Frictionless Charms of the Ferrante Cinematic Universe

The film and television adaptations of the Italian author’s novels offer an almost suspicious lack of resistance.By Katy WaldmanJanuary 26, 2023Valeria Golino (left) and Giordana Marengo in Netflix’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “The Lying Life of Adults.”Photograph by Eduardo Castaldo / Courtesy NetflixSince the early twenty-tens, Elena Ferrante’s...

David Crosby Understood the Sharpness of Despair

The musician was gifted, irascible, often disliked by his bandmates, free-flowing on Twitter, and possessed of a singular voice.By Amanda PetrusichJanuary 24, 2023Photograph by Rachael Wright / Camera Press / ReduxDavid Crosby, one of the most iconic and enduring voices of the nineteen-sixties, died last week, at the age of eighty-one. He was a founding...

The Rules According to Pamela Paul

At the Times, Paul often writes on the hazards of shifting norms. But she’s also revealed the fraught position of the opinion columnist.By Molly FischerJanuary 24, 2023Illustration by Núria JustPamela Paul and I met twice, in the same Times conference room, and on both occasions she wore a black biker jacket. She paired it with soft skirts in floral...

Christoph Niemann’s “Highway and Byways”

The artist discusses serendipity in the studio and on the slopes.By Françoise MoulyArt by Christoph NiemannJanuary 23, 2023One of the great joys of downhill skiing is carving fresh tracks. The slopes are a skier’s canvas, one he returns to again and again, open each time to the distinct set of challenges and possibilities every new run offers. In his...

The Artist Who Collaborates with Ants

By working with insects, Catherine Chalmers reveals how much we have in common with them.By Matthew HutsonJanuary 22, 2023An installation view of Chalmers’s “Builders of Greatness.”Art work by Catherine Chalmers / Courtesy The Drawing Center: Photograph by Daniel TernaOn her first trek through the rain forest, in 2000, the artist Catherine Chalmers...

The Mother-Lovers of “MILF Manor”

The dating show, on TLC, which puts eight older women in a house with their young sons, is haunted by the spectre of incest. By Naomi FryJanuary 21, 2023Even worse than the show’s setup is how coyly the series plays with its own gross premise.Photograph by Rob DeCamp / TLCOh, the reality television we’ve seen! In the past couple of decades, we’ve had...

Samuel Fosso’s Century in Selfies

The photographer uses his own body—and a little help from the Pope’s tailor—to chronicle Black history.By Julian LucasJanuary 21, 2023“70’s Lifestyle,” 1976.Photographs by Samuel FossoIt often takes a few moments to recognize Samuel Fosso in his self-portraits. He’s a picture of otherworldly piety as the first Black Pope, stepping on a space rock as...

Watching Films While Face-Blind

The difficulties of following the plot of “Restaurant,” and being a professional visual artist, when you can’t recognize faces.By Jason Adam KatzensteinJanuary 20, 2023       

The Right Not to Be Fun at Work

In a win for workplace dignity, a French high court recently decreed that businesses cannot force their employees to participate in supposedly enjoyable activities.By Lauren CollinsJanuary 19, 2023Photograph by Edouard JacquinetI have a friend who works for a company that requires her to share a hotel room with a colleague when she travels on business....

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