December, 2017


What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?

JENNIFER SCHUESSLER Photo Oxford Dictionaries selected “youthquake” as the international Word of the Year for 2017. Credit Ian Nicholson/Press Association, via Associated Press Oxford Dictionaries announced yesterday that its international Word of the Year for 2017 is… “youthquake”? If you’re scratching your head, you’re not alone. “Never bloody heard of it until an hour ago!” one Twitter user wrote. There were puzzled reaction GIFs. #youthquake: Oxford Dictionaries’ #WordOfTheYear that no one uses. — Toni Waterman (@ToniWaterman_) Dec. 15, 2017 And there were many jokes about the 1985 album ofRead More

Howard Gottfried, 94, Producer of ‘Network,’ Is Dead

DAVE ITZKOFF Mr. Chayefsky, who had already balked at an offer for Columbia Pictures to release “Network,” was meeting with United Artists about the film when he took umbrage with a business affairs executive who told him he thought the Howard Beale character didn’t work. Mr. Chayefsky, in frustration, stormed out of the meeting, leaving Mr. Gottfried alone with the executive. Photo Peter Finch played the unhinged anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 film “Network,” written by Paddy Chayefsky and produced by Howard Gottfried, whose first name Mr. Chayefsky borrowedRead More

The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes a…

JON PARELES, JON CARAMANICA and GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos — and anything else that strikes them as intriguing. This week, Lin-Manuel Miranda starts his Hamildrops series, K-pop superstars collaborate with American artists and a Thelonious Monk reissue arrives. Just want the music? Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here (or find our profile: nytimes). Like what you hear? Let us know at and sign up for our Louder newsletter, a once-a-weekRead More

Mary Beard on ‘Women & Power’

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music In Parul Sehgal’s recent review of Mary Beard’s “Women & Power: A Manifesto,” Sehgal writes: Photo According to Aristotle, women’s voices were proof of their wickedness. Virtue expressed itself in deep, full-throated sounds — the noise of the lion, the bull and (no surprise here) the human male. Women’s speech, however, its pitch and prattle, was considered dangerous, even unsanitary. The very sound of their voices, it was believed, could sink the state. In the ancient world, “public speech was a — if notRead More

Review: ‘Permanent,’ About the Hairstyle, Falls Flat

GLENN KENNY Photo Kira McLean, left, and Patricia Arquette in “Permanent.” Credit Magnolia Pictures Eager to guarantee her social fitness at a new school before the term begins, the teenage Auralie (Kira McLean) badgers her parents, Jean and Jim (Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson), into allowing her to get a permanent. Arguing poverty, Auralie’s mother and father take her to a beauty-training salon for the procedure, and her-once slack locks, left in tight curlers too long, are majorly poofed. Her hair looks like Bob Dylan’s on the cover of hisRead More

Humble Cinderella: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments o…

Our critics and reporters offer a glimpse of what’s moved and delighted them on YouTube. Read the rest of our classical music coverage here. AT 6 MINUTES 35 SECONDS Record of Last Year While tilling the ground for records of the year 2017 recently, I was directed not only to the Danish String Quartet’s collection of folk songs and the like, “Last Leaf,” which qualified, but also to the ensemble’s 2016 recording of works by Per Norgard, Hans Abrahamsen and Thomas Adès, which I somehow missed at the time. HereRead More

Apple Adds Another Show to Its Growing Streaming Stable

JOHN KOBLIN Photo Ronald D. Moore, right, with David Eick, his fellow executive producer on last decade’s “Battlestar Galactica.” Mr. Moore’s new TV project is the third acquired by Apple. Credit Mike Coppola/Getty Images As the streaming wars begin to heat up, Apple has picked up its third TV show in two months. The latest is a space drama from Ronald D. Moore, the executive producer behind audience favorites like the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” and “Outlander.” Last month, Apple secured the highly sought-after rights to a project about a morningRead More

Smiley’s Martin Luther King Stage Show Scuttled in Wake…

ADAM NAGOURNEY Photo Tavis Smiley was to narrate a stage production based on “Death of a King,” his 2014 book written with David Ritz. The touring show was canceled after accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Smiley. Credit Rich Fury/Invision, via Associated Press A stage adaptation of a book written by Tavis Smiley about the final year of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, set for a 40-city tour coinciding with the 50th anniversary of King’s death, was suspended on Friday in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations againstRead More

Live Art With Children’s Book Illustrators

Sean Qualls and Selina Alko in the studio on Sept. 7, 2017.Published OnDec. 15, 2017 Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, the husband-and-wife illustration team behind many popular picture books, came to show us how they made the art for “Why Am I Me?,” about the importance of empathy and tolerance. Sergio Ruzzier in the studio on Sept. 5, 2017.Published OnDec. 15, 2017 Sergio Ruzzier is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books. His latest project is re-illustrating two hilarious chapter books by Florence Parry Heide, “Tales for theRead More

How to Fall Under a Butoh-like Spell

ALASTAIR MACAULAY The stage world of a Butoh performance is often a shock to the system for a Western audience. At first so little seems to be happening. When the performers move, they often seem stuck in ruts, teetering or twitching in states of insecurity, locked into tiny zones of space with small spasms and tics. Or they take ages to deliver arm or leg movements that most of us can do quickly and without effort. A few steps to and fro on half toe, the slow flexing of aRead More