| Jun 6, 2010
A giant bulb atop the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood that goes on and off for no apparent reason. A letter denying a Mexican citizen a visa, plastered across the façade of the Geffen Contemporary. A billboard on Fairfax advertising a used 1994...
| Dec 12, 2010
Tablet & Pen
Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East
Edited by Reza Aslan
W.W. Norton: 658 pp., $35
Of all the reasons why we read, the one that binds us most is empathy. Literature offers a means of imagining ourselves inside the other, of...
| May 8, 2011
Harper Lee was working as an airline reservations agent in New York City, struggling to write a novel tentatively titled "Atticus," when a close friend gave her enough money to take time off and finish her book. Published in 1960 with an initial print run...
| Aug 22, 2010
Nostalgia is never more suspect than when the person romantically harking back is too young to have experienced the era firsthand. But reading Patti Smith's memoir "Just Kids," a tender recollection of her coming of age as a singer-songwriter alongside...
| Sep 26, 2010
Editors' note: With this report, Sunday Calendar launches a new, weekly feature, "Cultural Exchange." In it, Times foreign correspondents will explore cultural and entertainment trends, developments, personalities and debates around the world.
| Feb 27, 2011
For tourist information about foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. Several no longer list phone numbers, so information is through their website only. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-...
| Oct 17, 2010
Even residents of this sand-blown suburb — once known for crime and middle-class flight — used to joke that the best part of town was the road to neighboring Tel Aviv.
Lately, however, traffic is moving in the opposite direction. With a dozen...
| Jul 10, 2011
We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band reformations and reunion tours, tribute albums and box sets, anniversary festivals and live performances of classic albums: Each new year is better than the previous year for music...
| Aug 14, 2011
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Independent studio Relativity Media is jumping into the fast-growing Chinese film market with a deal that gives it a stake in a local production company and a means to release its own movies in the country.
Relativity said Sunday evening that it was...
| Dec 4, 2011
The Art Nouveau movement covered it all — decorative arts, architecture, fashion, dance, advertising and more — and this book seeks to restore the movement's prominence in the discussion of modern art....
| May 22, 2011
In 1930, Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias and his wife, Rose, traveled to the island of Bali in Indonesia and promptly fell in love with what they saw. They stayed nine months, soaking up the natural beauty and distinct culture. Covarrubias later wrote a...