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The Second Season of ‘True Detective’ Wasn’t as Bad as You Think. Here’s Why.

Before Season 3 begins, we wanted to know: Was Season 2 really that bad? A brave writer argues that it wasn’t.

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That Decisive Moment: Rising Baritone: The Week in Classical Music

The release of a recording of an underrated composer and a Schubert recital were among the highlights.

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Russian Artist, Sentenced Over Bank Fire, Dedicates Trial to the Marquis de Sade

Pyotr Pavlensky was given a three-year sentence for lighting a fire as part of a work of performance art. He will not serve any time in prison.

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The Carpetbagger: Russell Hornsby on ‘The Hate U Give’ and Complex Black Masculinity

The actor, considered a potential Oscar contender for his performance as a flawed but loving father, says, “We don’t see enough of those men and they do exist.”

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Critic’s Notebook: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

In two weeks of programs, our critic found that the orchestra’s sound has taken on a hard edge, disrupting some of music’s most glorious moments.

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Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Chambre Noire,’ Puppets Make Poetry Painfully Real

This stunning Under the Radar festival show tells the story of Valerie Solanas, the feminist agitator who shot Andy Warhol.

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The Book Review Podcast: How Curses Function in Literature

Julian Lucas talks about the role of curses in contemporary African literature, and Abby Ellin discusses “Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married.”

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‘Green Book’ Writer Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Twitter Post From 2015

Vallelonga apologized for agreeing with Donald J. Trump’s false claim that thousands of Muslims danced on rooftops in Jersey City after September 11.

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‘Bumblebee’ Through the Eyes of an Animator

The film’s director, Travis Knight, used his background in animation to help shine a new light on a Transformers robot.

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“Velvet Buzzsaw,” “Polar” and “Hotel Mumbai” round out a wide-ranging crop of teasers in a usually quiet month for movies.

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Some best-selling novelists have written books about their craft. Others dispense advice on Twitter, their websites and in interviews and articles.

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Goode talks about playing a vampire in “A Discovery of Witches.” He also discusses the “Downton Abbey” movie and bidding farewell to “The Crown.”

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Four trailblazing photographers — Robert Frank, Robert Heinecken, Dave Heath and John Wood — collaborated on a project that was hidden for 30 years.

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This Week in Arts: a Menagerie, Fresh-Picked Plays and Cuban Dance

Animals from the American Folk Art Museum share a habitat with paintings from Fountain House Gallery that embrace a similar theme.

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The eminence of improvisation and contemporary composition is finishing a five-day opera, and preparing for the release of a new 12-album set.

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Anthony Braxton Composes Together Past, Present and Future

The eminence of improvisation and contemporary composition is finishing a five-day opera, and preparing for the release of a new 12-album set.

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