An Open Letter to LARB Supporters from William Giraldi

IN AN INSPIRED ESSAY on Baudelaire, the great critic James Huneker made an assertion I’ve never succeeded in shaking free, …

Another Dozen China Gift Book Ideas (This Time to Buy for Yourself)

I recently joined with three other “China Blog” contributors to compile a list of 12 gift suggestions for readers seeking …

Best Television GIFS of 2013

Phil: Mad Men  I WON’T BELABOR this, because DearTV covered it at length in the spring, but this was a …

Ambassador of Love

By Victoria Patterson My brother and I grew up in a family prone to tragic holidays, but now with families …

Year-End Free Skate: Best Endings, Worst Ending, Best Episode

PHIL: Best Episode Ending (Also, Best Musical Cue, Best Shocking Violence) Game of Thrones S3.E3 Spoilers, okay? I DON’T KNOW if …

Casino Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

By Tong Lam Macao has long been known as the “Las Vegas of the East” and the “Monte Carlo of …

The Year in Television: Favorite Performance

Phil: KRISTEN SCHAAL as LOUISE in BOB’S BURGERS SO, HERE BEGINS our round-robin discussion of the year in television. Today we …