The massacre at Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo raised a host of questions about terrorism, and social and security policy. It also thrust the art of cartooning — and satire more generally — into the headlines and cross hairs.
Below, Times writers and critics look at the cultural background and implications from a variety of angles.
No joke here
Cartoons, at satire's forefront, press against hard lines. That impulse has opened doors. And made enemies. The Times' art critic, Christopher Knight, offers his take.
Point made with zeal
Unlike the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, the fight between artist and zealot in Ben Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" ends in conversion and dinner. Gustavo Turner revisits.
A global custom
Contrary to what some may think, the ridiculing of leaders and pretensions through satire has a long history in every culture. The Times' High & Low blogger, Carolina A. Miranda, explores.
The limits of free speech
Charlie Hedbo and American liberalism sprung from the same sort of protests, but in the U.S., acceptance trumps mockery. Times TV critic Mary McNamara dives in.
A fading tool
As satire withers, the question is: Has America turned into a spoof itself? The Times' book critic, David Ulin, takes note.Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times