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Forest for the Trees: How Some Critics Missed the Complexity of Hit Girl

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

We all say we want empowering female characters who can play in the action sandbox. Yet we collectively cringe when said female heroes receive the same kind of brutal violence that is visited upon male action heroes.

Are Newspaper Critics Obsolete?

Howard Kurtz | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scott is a full-service film critic for the New York Times. But are he and his colleagues -- who opine on cinema, theater, television, books, music, a...

Bard Blog -- Israel's Critics & Perspective

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

So my most humble advise to the Israeli cabinet would be "Brush up your Shakespeare" and think more broadly -- move from a narrow-gauged Henry IVth to a wider track Henry Vth perspective.

No More Verdicts From On High: Are Book Reviewers Changing To Keep Up With The Age Of Engagement?

The Cleveland Plain Dealer | Karen Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This year, the conversation was mellower. Participants in the National Book Critics Circle panel on the future of book reviews chatted about e-galley...

Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me....

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Solod

"I'm going to go out in the yard and eat worms," is how the rest of that sad ditty goes. If you didn't say it as a child, you know someone who did. ...

Iran Targets Online Critics And Their Relatives Back Home

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In recent months, Iran has been conducting a campaign of harassing and intimidating members of its diaspora world-wide -- not just prominent dissident...

Pork Industry Bailout Request Full of Fat

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Our government actually bails out the pork industry when it overproduces and buys up volumes of surplus pork, typically by dumping these surplus commodities into our nation's schools and food programs.

The Real Ugly Truth

Tracey Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tracey Jackson

When I read Ms. Dargis and all the other critics who sight Nicole Eastman, and Lutz and Smith as being unfunny or not able to deliver or "peddle shamelessly," all I can do is yell.

How Abraham Lincoln's "Hot Letters" Can Keep You From Going All Alice Hoffman

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Quigg

We all have our limits. Abraham Lincoln's limit is that he left behind no wise counsel for the man who finds himself garmentless at 30,000 feet. But he did leave something for the Twitterers.

Don't Ask Alice

Jennifer Weiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Weiner

Bad reviews, as any writer will tell you, are the price of doing business. Put your work out there in the world, and you can be sure that someone will rise up and declare "UR BOOK SUX!"

Kobe Doin' Work Sends the Right Message

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

Kobe Doin' Work, Spike Lee's new original ESPN documentary, provides an up-close look at what Kobe Bryant thinks about and considers during an NBA game.

The Snark Ascending

Steven G. Kellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven G. Kellman

Snark presupposes a secret society of shared disdain. It preens, reveling in its own cleverness.

Last Month: WaPo Fashion Editor Declared Palin's Wardrobe Had "Nothing To Do With Fashion" (Another Reason To Stop Listening To Critics)

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

If there's one thing about this presidential cycle that so excites me so much is just how much more irrelevant the traditional media has become.

Mavericks Don't Lead

Jacqueline Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Leo

The reason John McCain is ten points behind Barack Obama is, ironically, one of the main reasons people want to vote for him -- he's a maverick.

"Winespeak" and Other Obscenities

Marlene Rossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Marlene Rossman

Why do we need experts (and I am one of those) to teach, tell and advise us on what wine tastes like? So we won't dribble it down our lips and bibs and never have a clue as to what we are tasting?