The magical mystery tour
Listening to good music is like watching a quiz show without cue cards -- the fun is in knowing that you might not ever figure it out.
Who needs the NEA, anyway?
Announcing ... the Your Town Here Arts & Lectures fall season, featuring Anglo-Saxon-American jazz puppet theater!
Book review: "Colony Girl"
A rebellious young Eve stands at the center of a novel about a Midwestern religious cult.
Sidekick no more
Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter was the biggest star on "Late Night." So what took him so long to leave?
Let us now give "Thanks" some praise
It's no Arthur Miller masterpiece, but TV's silly, subversive "Thanks" just might be "The Crucible's" sitcom equivalent.
Lights, cameo, action!
Alfred Hitchcock's first rule of directing was to treat actors like cattle -- and even in his own cameos, he was no sacred cow.
The mockumentary cometh
Documentaries are huge. Their perverse cousins are nipping at their heels.
To Paris Las Vegas, with love
A few tips on keepin' it real for the folks who are bringing the City of Light to America.
Vive la différence
A melting pot of several stories, "Summer of Sam" is a sprawling urban epic from Brooklyn's native son.
Where's the shame in liking "The Cable Guy"? It's my devotion to fluffy French designers that I'm embarrassed about.
Love, truth and videotape
Everything I know I learned from Video Rodeo.
La vie en "Melrose"
Amanda/ You came and you gave without taking/ And I need you Mondays/ Amanda.
I feel fine
In Steve Erickson's visionary new novel, it already is the end of the world -- and we don't know it.
The psycho next door
Gianni Versace's murderer: everyman, or marginalized monster? Two new Cunanan biographies battle it out.
Crime and punishment
Thanks to "creative sentencing," bad art finally has some redeeming social value
At home in a crowd
In search of the perfect audience
Roger and him
Remembering Gene Siskel, 1946-1999.
From Bauhaus to tract house
Architect Michael Graves turns his folly to the mass market
When it comes to American humor, Canada is comedy central
The greatest degeneration
Did the heroes of World War II really know what they were fighting for?
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Sarah Vowell archives for: 1998 | 1995-97