July 13, 2013 James Astill, political editor of The Economist, has written a new book about a sport not often discussed in America. In The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Spectacular Rise of Modern Indian, he tells of the money, passion and peculiar forces behind Indian cricket's massive popularity.
July 13, 2013 Food is one of the most important world-building tools in a writer's kit — it defines a world and the people in it. Self-described "food writer with a wicked sci-fi addiction" Jason Sheehan muses on food in science fiction — and whether, in the future, we'll all be eating dinner in pill form.
July 13, 2013 In I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place Howard Norman recounts his Midwestern boyhood, his travels among Inuit communities in Canada, and a murder-suicide that took place in his house. Reviewer Helen Oyeyemi says the book commiserates with and celebrates the human condition.
July 12, 2013 Michael Cera anchors Sebastian Silva's off-kilter road-trip drama, playing a disagreeable American at loose ends in Chile. Gaby Hoffmann is the free spirit whose influence may change him for the better — if he's willing. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein compiles a list of books that are signs of serious character flaws in people who say these are their favorites. But these books are not the problem, nor are the people reading them. The problem is jumping to conclusions.
July 12, 2013 "The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects," says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.
July 12, 2013 Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels as cable news anchorman Will McAvoy, returns July 14 for its second season. TV critic David Bianculli says some critics find the show preachy, but he likes that it tackles serious and complicated subjects.
July 12, 2013 Also: Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen to star in a comic book; Nathaniel Rich on noir lit; a profile of a literary fraudster.
July 12, 2013 Finally, a summer event movie that feels like summer! Critic Ian Buckwalter says Guillermo del Toro gets the balance of high stakes and sly humor just right in Pacific Rim, his big-budget homage to the kaiju stories that brought us Godzilla and his ilk.
July 11, 2013 Privacy? You don't have any. And Terms and Conditions May Apply argues that you pretty much agreed it should be that way. Cullen Hoback's documentary outlines how the rise of digital culture — and our cheerful participation in it — have spelled an end to the notion of "that's personal."
July 11, 2013 Argentine movies can come knee-deep in grit, but director Matias Piñeiro tackles heady themes with a surprisingly casual attitude in Viola — a Shakespeare-inspired romance in which each deep emotion is paired with a shrug of the shoulders and a cheeky smile. (Recommended)