May 10, 2013 The work of the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer has long puzzled the art world. Some of his pieces just don't quite fit. They're a little off. What gives? Author Benjamin Binstock has an idea, an idea that commentator Alva Noë finds appealing.
May 10, 2013 Baz Luhrmann's extravagant adaptation of The Great Gatsby makes two fatal and contradictory errors of adaptation.
May 10, 2013 What would it be like to be a string that made music? Not anything simple, like a guitar string or a cello string, but a magical string, a sine curve that's taut then loose, that doubles then doubles again, that sheds then dissolves into showers of notes.
May 10, 2013 Promising "whistleblower" testimony, GOP Rep. Daryl Issa's House oversight panel held hearings about last year's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Tim Campbell is convinced that the Obama administration is hiding something, while Mike Luckovich heard nothing new during testimony.
May 9, 2013 What's left to know about tennis's superstar sisters? Probably not much they'd be willing to share, given how eager the press has been to wedge them into ready-made narratives about race, celebrity or the daughters of a Svengali.
May 9, 2013 Does the breathless excitement seen in media coverage of Amanda Knox amount to sexism? Commentator Barbara J. King argues 'yes' and says its part of an age-old pattern in human culture.
May 9, 2013 Welcome to the New World in which, no kidding, insects run robots. In this case, 14 moths take 14 drives in a wheeled vehicle and steer right to the target. Seeing is believing.
May 9, 2013 The Senate has passed a bill to allow state and local governments to collect sales tax on internet purchases. Nate Beeler fears the tax will take too big a bite out of cyber retailers. But Jeff Parker says tax-free online sales have been riding rough-shod over brick-and-mortar businesses for years.
May 8, 2013 We can't help thinking that the dirty, tank-top-wearing hero looks like somebody we followed around Nakatomi Plaza once.