George Costanza

Renegade and Folk Hero: The Lasting Appeal of George Costanza

Seinfeld's George Costanza holds a strange place in culture. He's loved, but unlovable. At the heart of that contradiction is his status as folk hero.
MST3K: This Island Earth

Mystery Science Theater 3000 May Be Coming Back

The smartest dumbest show ever created for television.
Miles Davis at the Nice Jazz Festival in July 1989



Do We Overstate Miles Davis’ Genius?

There are things about Miles Davis we never discuss. Maybe it's time we did.
Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist and prose writer, Nobel laureate in Literature 2015

Read Work From 2015 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Svetlana Alexievich

Read an excerpt from "War's Womanly Face," a book by the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize Svetlana Alexievich about female Russian soldiers in World War II.
Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Read the Poems of “Genius” Grant Recipients Ellen Bryant Voigt & Ben Lerner

We've made available two poems each by Ellen Bryant Voigt and Ben Lerner, 2015 recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

In Praise of the Messenger: Janus Films & The Criterion Collection

William J. Becker, co-owner of Janus Films, was instrumental in bringing art house and foreign cinema to American audiences. We reflect on his influence.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez  
Credit: Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Napoleon Dynamite & the Neo-Western Film

The western genre is engrained in American film from its roots to today. Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite revises this legacy in a surprising way.

Jacques Cousteau on Man’s Divorce From Nature

Jacques Cousteau's 1992 speech at the United Nations warning the consequences of "man's divorce from nature" seems more prescient than ever.

E.L. Doctorow On New York

Literary giant E.L. Doctorow died in New York — where he lived his entire life — on 07/21. In a 1995 interview, Doctorow reveals what the city meant to him.

What Happens in Vegas is None of Your Business

Las Vegas is a city like few others. It’s used in many iconic American stories as a symbol ...