On Comedy: A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes

So many stand-up specials are released these days that it’s easy to miss how radically the art form has evolved. Part of the reason Ali Wong’s “Hard Knock Wife” and Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” have made such an impact is that they were thematically and structurally coherent, their jokes integrated into the special the way scenes fit into the plot of a play. The status and ambition of the specials’ directors have also grown, shifting from craftsmen for hire to stylists to the auteur Bo Burnham, whose distinctive work with Jerrod…

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s Notes for Dallas Are Found, Starting a Quiet Tug of War

That’s a stark contrast to the auction market, where buyers snap up anything relating to the former first lady, from her letters to her underwear. John Reznikoff, a Connecticut-based dealer who has sold many Kennedy-related items, including the white Lincoln in which the Kennedys rode in Fort Worth before flying to Dallas, estimated that the notes Mr. Wells donated might have fetched as much as $75,000. “It’s a really sexy document,” he said. “It has everything: her poise, her planning, her status as a fashion icon and, of course, the…

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Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions

MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticket service, is struggling to stay afloat. But the payment model it has popularized appears to be here to stay. AMC Theaters, the largest multiplex chain in the United States, rolled out its own MoviePass-style service on Tuesday. For $20 a month, subscribers to AMC Stubs A-List can see up to three movies a week. Also last week, the Alamo Drafthouse chain said it would begin testing a service called Season Pass that would offer unlimited movies for one monthly price. “We really like the subscription…

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A ‘Ring’ Lures the Conductor Gianandrea Noseda to Zurich

Like many courtships, this one was sealed with a ring. The Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, had left an operatic post this spring at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, amid administrative and political upheaval. The Zurich Opera House came calling. “I said, ‘Do you want to be my chief conductor?’” Andreas Homoki, the artistic director in Zurich, recalled recently. Then he offered Mr. Noseda the icing on the cake: “I said, ‘Do you wanted to do the ‘Ring’ with me?’”…

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The Real Story Behind a Janitor’s Border Photos of Combs, Toys and Bibles

Advertisement Pictures of items that were taken from migrants during the Bush and Obama years have been shared widely as the immigration debate has intensified. “Pink Combs and Brushes,” a photograph taken in 2012 by Tom Kiefer, who worked as a janitor at a Customs and Border Protection center in Arizona for more than a decade. He collected items confiscated by Border Patrol agents from migrants crossing the United States border with Mexico. Combs, brushes and mirrors were considered nonessential and possibly dangerous, he said. “They are discarded when migrants…

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Cultured Traveler: A Glasgow Architect’s Masterpiece Is Damaged, but Not His Magic

Mackintosh created an indoor garden of sorts, with colorful rose wall stencils; thin, tall furniture with vegetable-inspired patterns; and a mosaic fireplace embedded with colorful teardrop shapes and fitted with utensils evoking cornstalks, peapods and other plants. He also designed the space’s colorful drapes, desk, chairs, lamps and gridded carpet. As we walked through, Ms. Hepburn told me that Mackintosh had, like in many of his projects, collaborated with his talented wife, the designer Margaret Macdonald. It’s difficult to know exactly who did what, but her hand, she pointed out,…

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Nonfiction: America Has Gone Off the Rails. Steven Brill Sees Ways to Get It Back on Track.

TAILSPINThe People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fail — and Those Fighting to Reverse ItBy Steven BrillIllustrated. 441 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95. According to Gallup, in the first week of January 2004 more than half of surveyed Americans were satisfied with the direction of the country. Within a few weeks, however, that number had fallen below 50 percent. It has never recovered. Since the 2008 financial crisis, it has not cracked 40 percent. For well over a decade, a supermajority of Americans believe the country is headed in the…

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Children’s Books: Bob Dylan and Will Smith: Children’s Authors?

There is also the possibility that using lyrics as text reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how a picture book works. Like a song, a picture book is meant to be heard. Still, although a reader may happen to know the featured song, it’s only fair to expect the book to succeed, its text to flow, for someone who doesn’t. I’m familiar with Dylan’s glorious “If Not for You,” so I know to add a beat to “nowhere” in the line “Without your love I’d be nowhere at all” when I’m…

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ and ‘Strangers’

Nancy Buirski’s documentary on Recy Taylor airs on Starz. And on Facebook Watch, “Strangers” is back for a second season. What’s on TV THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR (2017) 9 p.m. on Starz. “Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy, ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review of this documentary for The New York Times. On a September night in 1944, Mrs. Taylor, then a 24-year-old sharecropper, was raped by six…

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Liliane Montevecchi, Tony Winner for ‘Nine,’ Dies at 85

Liliane Montevecchi, the French-born actress, singer and dancer who won a Tony Award for her showstopping role as the producer in “Nine,” died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 85. Her friend Marc Rosen, who confirmed the death, said the cause was colon cancer. Ms. Montevecchi was 50 and a runaway from American film and television when she was cast in “Nine,” the 1982 Broadway musical drama about a film director’s midlife crisis, based on the Federico Fellini film “8½.” The role of the movie producer had…

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