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The Front Row

The 2022 Oscar Nominations, and What Should Have Made the List

It was a great year for Hollywood—judging solely from the cream of the crop.

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Two New Yorker Films Receive 2022 Academy Award Nominations

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The short films “Affairs of the Art” and “On My Mind” will compete in the Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short categories at the March 27th ceremony.

February 8, 2022

Merrick Garland in “Justice Never Sleeps”

An illustration shows Merrick Garland sleeping on a chair, while Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, and others escape.

But it does tend to nod off briefly now and then.

February 7, 2022

“The Worst Person in the World” Is a Sham, Except for Its Lead Performance

A man and woman smoking.

Joachim Trier’s drama about an intrepid and passionate young woman in Oslo reduces her to a handful of character traits.

February 7, 2022

Kadir Nelson’s “High Style”

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The artist discusses updating Eustace Tilley for our times.

February 7, 2022

Lauren Groff on California and Fairy Tales

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The author discusses “Annunciation,” her story from the latest issue of the magazine.

February 7, 2022
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The Critics

The Seductions of “Ulysses”

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Since its publication, a century ago, James Joyce’s epic has acquired a fearsome reputation for difficulty. But its great subject, soppy as it may seem, is love.

The Uncanny Impact of Charles Ray’s Sculptures

A sculpture of a reclining silver naked woman on display at the Met.

The ever-startling creations of the artistic and philosophical provocateur look back in spirit, if not in appearance, to the sublimity of ancient Greek art.

The Singular Focus of Beach House’s Psychedelic Pop

Profiles of the musical duo; the man on the left and woman on the right.

The band’s new album, “Once Twice Melody,” showcases its clarity and consistency, offering a rejoinder to the cult of reinvention.

Humor, Beauty, and Astounding Sadness in “The Worst Person in the World”

Drawing of a woman's face in front of a city street view.

The concluding part of Joachim Trier’s roving Oslo trilogy, starring Renate Reinsve and Anders Danielsen Lie, takes its cue from its continually surprising heroine.

Goings On About Town

A Precedent to the Endless Instagram Feed

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“A Trillion Sunsets: A Century of Image Overload,” at the International Center of Photography, includes Walker Evans’s “Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia, 1936.”

An Opulent Korean Tasting Menu, at Jua

Golden kaluga caviar piled on top of a piece of kimbap.

At this prix-fixe restaurant, in the Flatiron district, the point seems to be less about making Korean flavors more palatable to the masses than about dislodging the cuisine from its association with proletarian presentation.

Approaching American Racism in “Black No More”

Tariq Trotter and Brandon Victor Dixon sitting in chairs next to each other.

A musical from the New Group, based on George S. Schuyler’s satirical novel from 1931, stars Tariq Trotter, of the Roots, and Brandon Victor Dixon.

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When Hip-Hop Was Young

Sue Kwon photographed the artists whose music would go on to change the world. 

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Podcasts

Black Thought Takes the Stage

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The legendary rapper of the Roots turns to musical theatre with “Black No More,” based on a novel from the Harlem Renaissance. Plus, Lee Child on Jack Reacher.

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Video

A Beloved Scottish Tradition Returns After Quarantine

After a year of not performing because of the coronavirus pandemic, schoolchildren in Scotland come together for a Highland dance competition in Robbie Lawrence’s “Blue Bonnets.”