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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/31/2013

It’s 2014 somewhere: GIFs from New Year’s around the world

Fireworks. Lots of fireworks.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Where to watch New Year’s Eve online

Time’s Square and Dubai will both live stream their blockbuster celebrations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:41 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Six overlooked albums from 2013

From the demented pop of Pretty and Nice to the mutated jazz of Dawn of Midi, some of the best albums of the year that you probably didn’t hear

By Chris Richards  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Beyoncé criticized for sampling audio from Challenger disaster on her new album

Snippet of audio from 1986 space shuttle explosion appears on her new song “XO,” which the singer says “was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Who’s apologizing for race-related insensitivity now? Ani DiFranco and Questlove.

Two musicians come under fire -- and apologize -- for race-related issues

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 12/30/2013

‘Every time and place needs prophets’

A Christmas sermon inspired by a midnight break-in at a weapons factory.

By Dan Zak  |  02:23 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/30/2013

A year of Internet hoaxes: Fake events but very real coverage

If 2013 was the year of the Internet hoax, it was also the year that Internet narratives eclipsed their medium

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Phil Robertson back on ‘Duck Dynasty’ as A&E lifts suspension

The network has reinstated the reality star back on his hit show.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:01 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/24/2013

Carolyn Hax Holiday Hootenanny Guide to: Cooking

Some of the best stories from Carolyn Hax’s annual Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors

By Jessica Stahl  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 12/24/2013

One week in New York in the early-’60s

Where you could see Miles, Dylan and Same Cooke all within a few days of each other.

By Ann Hornaday  |  11:06 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Brad Pitt is centerpiece of ’12 Years a Slave’ promotional posters in Italy

Why is a white star the focus when the story is about a free man who is sold into slavery?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Iraq vet ‘live’-tweets a turning point

A veteran of the Iraq war describes, moment-by-moment, his encounter with an explosively formed penetrator seven years ago in Baghdad.

By Dan Zak  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Christmas used to be so much merrier, now with data to prove it

New poll shows decline in, well, basically everything when it comes to celebrating Christmas

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:23 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/18/2013

A vote for Chic, but not for Nirvana: A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer voter explains her ballot.

Music critic Maura Johnston on her five choices for this year’s inductees.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Megyn. Santa. Jesus.

A week ago, Megyn Kelly said on the air that both Santa and Jesus are white men. What have we learned since then?

By Dan Zak  |  12:29 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 12/17/2013

What we got right and wrong about 2013

The out/in List for 2014 arrives Jan. 1, so let’s judge this past year’s against the ravages of time.

By Monica Hesse and Dan Zak  |  07:11 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The List

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013

George Zimmerman’s Dog Whistle Art

George Zimmerman’s painting of an American flag for sale on EBay.

By Philip Kennicott  |  04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/17/2013

‘Walter Mitty’ ad turns into feel-good Philippines relief PSA, is still an ad

Instead of making a traditional ad, director went to Philippines and donated $25,000 budget to recovery efforts.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Flying Lotus; La Mecanica Popular; Sevyn Streeter

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Portland brings the (Francis) Bacon

Portland Museum of Art to display most expensive painting sold at auction -- a triptych by Francis Bacon.

By Philip Kennicott  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Museums

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 12/17/2013

KISS, Nirvana, Hall & Oates to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Nirvana, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Hall & Oates will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

By Chris Richards  |  08:23 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013

An appropriately sparkly map of where people tweeted about the new Beyonc album

Users sent more than 1.2 million tweets in the 12 hours after she dropped her surprise album

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Great album, Beyonc . Now please find your place in line behind Speedy Ortiz.

Her new album is the year’s 17th best.

By Chris Richards  |  12:53 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Progress in Detroit

DIA seeks financial help from foundations to save its art.

By Philip Kennicott  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Support for “Kunsthalle” proposal grows

Key players line up to support Franklin School as ‘Kunsthalle’ arts space.

By Philip Kennicott  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, Music

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Tila Tequila said insane things about coming interstellar wars and conspiracy theories this week. Let’s try to interpret.

Famous-for-being-famous person goes on an Internet rant that is impressively insane even for the Internet.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Join the Carolyn Hax Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors

How to join the 2013 Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors, and play along by adding your own soundtrack

By Jessica Stahl  |  10:25 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Back in ‘Lexicon Valley’

Slate’s podcast about language has returned to the Web.

By Ron Charles  |  10:16 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:57 AM ET, 12/13/2013

‘Surprise!’ Beyonce releases 14-track ‘visual album’ without notice

Beyonce shocked her fans when she dropped her new self-titled album at midnight Friday, with no prior notice.

By Lauren McEwen  |  01:57 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Carolyn Hax Holiday Hootenanny Guide to: Gift-giving

Some of the best stories from Carolyn Hax’s annual Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors

By Jessica Stahl  |  12:14 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 12/12/2013

‘American Hustle,’ ‘Her,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ -- more wistful than comedic

By splitting nominations between drama and comedy, the Golden Globes make some interesting distinctions

By Ann Hornaday  |  11:50 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Megyn Kelly on Santa, and dealing with critics

The Fox News anchor may rile up naysayers, and she’ll respond on her own terms -- if at all.

By Dan Zak  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Romance writers feel the heat from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

The euphemisms fall away as the language grows coarser.

By Ron Charles  |  09:54 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Mandela’s memorial service highlights the humor of bad translation

From English comedian Catherine Tate to SNL’s Chris Christie sketch, translation, or rather mistranslation, is inherently fraught with potential humor.

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:46 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Culture, Media

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 12/11/2013

This is what YouTube looked like in 2013

The video site’s top clips, from Ylvis to Miley

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:40 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Carolyn Hax Holiday Hootenanny Guide to: Family

Some of the best stories from Carolyn Hax’s annual Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors

By Jessica Stahl  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  holiday_activity

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/11/2013

The Battle of “Rent” in Trumbull, CT

Backlash to principal’s decision to cancel high school production of ‘Rent’

By Peter Marks  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 12/11/2013

A galactic-size photobook for the aspiring space traveler

This gigantic photo book of the planets and stars comes with a collection of related video clips.

By Ron Charles  |  11:08 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Paul Walker, James Gandolfini nominated for SAG Awards posthumously

The two actors who passed away in 2013 are among this year’s nominees.

By Cara Kelly  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Gorgeous Children; 7 Days of Funk; R. Kelly

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  03:38 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Stephen King is on Twitter and at a loss for words

The prolific author has written millions of words in his lifetime, but managed fewer than 100 on his much-hyped new account

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:18 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Snowflakes, it turns out, are only occasionally beautiful

Are snowflakes really beautiful? Or is it our natural inclination to find beauty where there is only randomness and disorder?

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Facebook might change ‘like’ to ‘sympathize’ but what does that really change?

Ever see a status that you felt weird ‘liking’ but wanted to offer support? There may be a new button for that soon.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:44 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Joanna Coles invites 15 Washington women to ‘Cosmo 100 lunch

The guest list for Monday’s “Cosmo 100” lunch included actresses, fashion designers and about 15 Washington women committed to the weightier issues of the world.

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  05:37 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C., Media

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013

A great new “Great Gatsby”

A new edition from the Folio Society, with an introduction by Michael Dirda, reminds us of a pleasures of a well-made book.

By Ron Charles  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baz Luhrmann, Books, e-books, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Ford Coppola, The folio Society, The Great Gatsby

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013

With “Saturday,” Rebecca Black has become YouTube’s most self-aware troll

What comes after “Friday“? Now we have the answer.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Billy Joel, Buddy Guy on the Kennedy Center Honors red carpet

Before Honors recipients Martina Arroyo, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana were feted at the Kennedy Center, a stream of actors, journalists and past honorees walked the red carpet.

By Style staff  |  08:01 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Kennedy Center Honors, Music

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2013

What would you change in National Theatre’s ‘If/Then’?

the creators will be tinkering - or wholesale rewriting - in the months leading up to the New York opening on March 5.

By Cara Kelly  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013

The best pop singles of 2013

Pop music critic Chris Richards picks his favorite songs of the year.

By Chris Richards  |  12:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Watch: A chat with Anthony Marra, author of ‘A Constellation of Vital Phenomena’

His heartbreaking, gorgeously written novel is one of The Post’s Top 10 books for 2013, and it was long-listed for the National Book Award.

By Style Staff  |  12:12 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/06/2013

With ‘The Sound of Music Live,’ everyone’s a critic, including celebs on Twitter

Most famous people were willing to give fellow famous person Carrie Underwood the benefit of the doubt with Thursday’s live performance

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TV

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Who is @Darth and why is this person always in my Twitter feed?

One of Twitter’s anonymous meme-making superstars

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:32 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Selfies and shaming -- two things the Internet does best

New York Post cover star sets into motion the usual online cycle.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:13 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/04/2013

White House holiday decorations encourage visitors to “Gather Around” in 2013

Today the First Lady welcomed military families to celebrate the season and “Gather Around” -- this year’s White House Holiday theme.

By Jura Koncius  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Home

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Jay Z and Beyonce go vegan

Jay Z announced on his lifestyle Web site that he’d embark on a 22-day challenge during which he and wife Beyonce will eat “completely vegan.

By Bethonie Butler  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/04/2013

‘Jeopardy’ has conclusively settled the GIF pronunciation war

“The inventor of this image format said the OED wrongly has 2 pronunciations of it -- the right one is with a soft ‘G.’”

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:13 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How NOT to sell Detroit’s Art

Museums should look at the sad story of Detroit and figure out a way to avoid putting art in peril.

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Maryland mathematician Manil Suri wins Bad Sex Award

“City of Devi” impresses judges with a m nage trois during a nuclear crisis.

By Ron Charles  |  08:44 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Shooter Jennings, Twiggy Ramirez, Jamey Johnson; Todd Terje; Fat Trel, Uptown XO, Garvey the Chosen

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 12/03/2013

That hoax isn’t funny anymore: Elan Gale and the problem of reality online

Another viral sensation was exposed as a fraud. Will we ever learn? Do we even want to?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:52 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Join us for a chat with Anthony Marra

This Friday, I’ll be talking with the author of “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.”

By Ron Charles  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

 

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