Julia Barton

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American Icons: 'Untitled Film Stills'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Photographer Cindy Sherman’s pioneering series "Untitled Film Stills" transformed what self-portraits could be. 


You Should Finally Read "Infinite Jest"

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Two decades after David Foster Wallace’s "Infinite Jest" came out, his biographer D.T. Max argues it’s Wallace’s masterpiece — and an enduring classic.


Live in the Studio: Bahamas

Friday, November 14, 2014

Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records as Bahamas, romanticizes faraway people and places in his music — including the Bahamas, where he’s never set foot. 

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. With Untitled Film Stills, she also created some of the most recogniza...

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Aha Moment: Madonna’s “Live to Tell”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Holly Welker was already doubting her Mormon faith when she went on her mission to Taiwan. She found herself in a strange city with few friends, suffering from a crisis of faith as ...

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What Lies Beneath

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In “Neither Confirm Nor Deny,” we spend a fair amount of time on the remarkable cover story that disguised a CIA mission to lift the Soviet submarine K-129 from the bottom of the Pacific. That cover story puts the movie-cover-story of “Argo” to shame: from about 1970-74, the ...

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, October 11, 2013

In the 1980s, Cindy Sherman began taking self-portraits that showed her in costumes and scenarios that looked just like movie stills, although they were her own inventions. In a media...

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The Where, the Why, and the How

Friday, January 18, 2013

Science has had a pretty good run these last few centuries: immunology, space travel, the Higgs Boson. But there are still plenty of phenomena at the edge of our understanding. The...

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Michigan Film Industry Goes Dark

Friday, December 07, 2012

The new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful comes out next spring. But like Dorothy said, they're not in Kansas anymore; this Oz was shot in Michigan. Oz was the high-water mark of an a...

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Inside North Korean Cinema: Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Friday, September 28, 2012

North Korea is such an insular nation that almost any glimpse of life in the country makes news. This week is the country’s Pyongyang Film Festival, drawing crowds of North Koreans to...


Andrew McCarthy: From Brat-Packer to Backpacker

Friday, September 28, 2012

If you were alive in the 1980s, you, or someone you loved, had a crush on Andrew McCarthy. He played Blane McDonnagh, the rich kid who captures the heart of Molly Ringwald’s character...

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Why Salman Rushdie Became Joseph Anton

Friday, September 21, 2012

On Valentines Day, 1989, Iran’s dying leader, the Ayatollah Khomeni, issued a fatwa (death sentence) against Rushdie for supposedly blaspheming Islam's prophet in his novel The Satan...


Susanna Moore: The Life of Objects

Friday, September 14, 2012

Susanna Moore remains best known for her 1995 erotic thriller In the Cut, about a writing teacher who descends into a seedy world of murder and sexual violence. Her latest novel, Th...


What Good Are Film Festivals?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Political reporters on the campaign trail aren’t the only journalists racking up the frequent flyer miles right now. It’s the season of major film festivals, and people who cover m...

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The Legacy of David Foster Wallace

Friday, September 07, 2012

New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max has written the first major biography of author David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. In it he uncovers how the author was personal...


The Tools for a Creative Life

Friday, August 24, 2012

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels are Hollywood psychologists with a roster of A-list clients. “Especially among the actors, you have people where no one’s told them the truth ever for the...

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Born to Run: Campaign Earworms

Friday, August 24, 2012

It’s been decades since any political business was hashed out at a national political convention. They’re stage productions, and music is a big part of the image they’re designed to...

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Michigan Voters Raise Property Taxes for Art Museum

Friday, August 17, 2012

Talking about raising taxes during an election year is considered political suicide. But that’s exactly what voters in Michigan did on August 7. Residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wa...

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Disputed Art Disappears from University Campus

Friday, August 03, 2012

A year ago, the University of Wyoming’s Art Museum commissioned an outdoor sculpture from British artist Chris Drury. Carbon Sink was a 36-foot-diameter vortex of logs killed by pi...

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Hollywood Violence Gets Real in Colorado Shooting

Friday, July 27, 2012

Adam Gopnik has written frequently — too frequently, he laments — about the gun rampages that convulse America. “The killings will go on; the cell phones in the pockets of dead chil...

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