American Pop Music Is a Story of Race, Sex, and Power

Ann Powers's new book, 'Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music,' charts the complex relationship between bodies and music, and it manages to do so without descending into objectification.
Judy Berman

Why People Treat Taylor Swift's Albums Like They're the Damn 'Da Vinci Code'

Since the pop star released her new single, which very obviously references a series of public feuds she's recently been embroiled in, her fans have been obsessively searching for subtext that probably isn't there.
Lauren Oyler
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You Need to Watch 'The Covenant,' a Film About Shirtless Male Witches

When "The Covenant" came out in 2006, it was universally panned. We rewatched the film and have decided that it's a masterpiece, mostly because it features a shirtless Tim Riggins and shirtless Nate from "Gossip Girl" doing witchcraft.
Callie Beusman
Diana Tourjée

People Are Obsessed with Criticizing Moms' Parenting Choices, Study Confirms

We talked to the researcher behind the study to understand how this sort of criticism can lead to further maternal anxiety and other adverse side effects.
Kimberly Lawson

Imagining Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's Entire Relationship Through Their Films

From 1990 until their dramatic divorce in 2001, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were one of Hollywood's hottest couples. Nobody knows what happened behind the scenes of their three movies, but you can't help thinking you do.
Hanson O'Haver

'Narcos' Asks Us To Consider All Facets of a Bad Man

Is that too much to ask?
Gabby Bess