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When Squid Ruled the Earth

Prehistoric squid were far more numerous, and their reign lasted longer, than the dinosaurs. Why do we know so little about them?...

An epic interview with Liam Gallagher about Oasis, his booze-filled hiatus and 'As You Were'

In a colorful, profanity-filled interview, Gallagher discusses his new solo record, modern pop music and why he always plays Oasis songs live....

Want a book recommendation? Publishers at the Brooklyn Book Festival told us the releases they're excited about

From a memoir of an upper-crust black family in Harlem, to a single-sentence Irish novel to an Obama conspiracy noir, the Brooklyn Book Festival had something for every taste....

Rolling Stone, Graydon Carter and all the other media eras that ended in 2017

The Daily News was sold. The Village Voice print paper is dead. It's the end of an era—and another era, and another era, and another era....

'Gas the Synagogue' was trending on Twitter because in Trump's America, anti-Semitism goes viral until we stop it

The World Jewish Congress says it demanded that Twitter blacklist the hashtag, which recalled the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust....

What Jimmy Kimmel's Interview Revealed About Sean Spicer

Just whose interests does a White House press secretary serve?...

Netflix and the slow death of the classic film

Netflix is 20 years old. Why is its selection of classic films so horrible?...

So you need to get your hands on Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Collection? Here's how

The singer launched a beauty brand that features 91 products....

33 Movies to Watch This Oscar Season

Say goodbye to the August doldrums. The next few months are full of buzzy biopics and indie hits....

Jez Butterworth on 'The Ferryman' and the Legacy of Hate

The playwright and screenwriter's new London hit is set during the Troubles in 1981 Ireland, but the issues it considers are timeless....

Celebrated American poet John Ashbery dead at age 90

John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday...

More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2016 is still worth discovering and pondering today....

Making Sense of the Violence in Charlottesville

Was the white-nationalist march better understood as a departure from America’s traditional values, or viewed in the context of its history?...

Sin City Opera, Cockroach Theatre collaborate on one-act operas

The title alone makes it a Vegas natural....

Whoppercoin is a cryptocurrency you can eat or trade

Have you ever wanted to trade something fun, rather than boring stuff like oil, iron ore, or shares? Maybe something like burgers? Now you can — kind of. Burger King in Russia has...

War, Civil War, or Revolution?

David Armitage's book tracks changing definitions of civil war, from Ancient Rome to the American Civil War to now....

The Long, Strange Trip of 'Tulip Fever' to Theaters

The film, based on a Tom Stoppard script and an acclaimed novel, is finally being released after three bizarre years of languishing in post-production....

Four Ways of Looking at Mayweather vs. McGregor

Critics have dismissed the fight as a farce. So why are so many people still paying such close attention?...

Eminem concert in Scotland will see a beefed-up police presence

Music venues are taking extra security precautions after the terror attack in Manchester following an Ariana Grande performance....

The curious rise of the album anniversary tour

From 'The Joshua Tree' to Tegan and Sara, why are so many bands going on tour to perform old albums?...

This novelist wanted to write about a serial killing author. He was just arrested for murder.

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related topics....

Roman Polanski is now facing a 3rd accusation of sexual assault against a teen

The long history of Roman Polanski’s child rape charges, from 1977 to the present....

What is a grand jury? Trump supporters don't understand the Russia investigation

What the Trump-Russian grand jury will be like, from someone who has been on the inside....

Racism, Medievalism, and the White Supremacists of Charlottesville

The weekend's demonstrators were the latest in a long line of American racists to ally themselves with an imagined Middle Ages....

A post-Charlottesville reading list to help explain American white supremacy

5 books that show how deeply white supremacy is embedded in America, and where it can lead....

'The Trip to Spain' Continues Cinema's Best Franchise

The faux-documentary food series starring the comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon has another hilarious entry in theaters....

This stunning new novel combines intimate family tragedy with epic Greek drama

In Booker Prize longlisted Home Fire, Sophocles’s Antigone gets a modern twist....

Norway’s literary great Karl Ole Knausgaard returns with the hypnotically powerful ‘Autumn'

Karl Ove Knausgaard takes a break from struggling with Autumn, the first in an impressionistic quartet...

Donald Trump is making “All the President’s Men” great again

The 1974 book tells the story of the Watergate scandal, and some readers are finding it newly relevant....

How Women Lived Under Soviet Rule

In collecting and sharing their testimonies, the Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich took on the role of “a witness to witnesses who usually go unheard.”...

In 'Icarus,' a Doping House of Cards Tumbles Down

The new Netflix documentary accidentally captures how one of the biggest scandals in sporting history came to light....

Meet the activist who wants to stop HBO's Confederate from getting made

"The Confederate mindset is still very alive and well in present-day 2017."...

Don't Give HBO's 'Confederate' the Benefit of the Doubt

The prospective series takes as its premise an ugly truth that black Americans are forced to live every day: What if the Confederacy wasn’t wholly defeated?...

How far will Russia go to win? Sports doping scandal sheds light on election meddling and more

Bryan Fogel’s new film “Icarus” premieres on Netflix on August 4....

Remembering Judith Jones, the cookbook editor who changed the way America eats

Jones, who worked with chefs like Julia Child and James Beard to transform American food culture, has died at 93....

'Game of Thrones' Ellaria Sand actor on final scene: "I was irritated I had no dialogue"

Queen Cersei delivered hard justice in the third episode of Season 7. Her victim speaks to Newsweek....