Philip Roth would call the Jewish resistance to his work “the luckiest break I could have had.”
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With the Holocaust still on their mind, many American Jews were highly sensitive to portrayals of Jews in popular culture. So when Roth's sex-obsessed characters came along, the pushback was swift.
During the war, the poster on the left, painted by J. Howard Miller, was only on display for only two weeks. Norman Rockwell’s, on the other hand, was seen by millions.
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During the war, few Americans actually saw the 'Rosie the Riveter' poster that's become a cultural icon.
A quick distraction is at our fingertips – and app developers know it.
Thanks to a burgeoning procrastination economy, developers are creating content that can be consumed in short spurts. What does it mean for productivity?
Throughout its storied history, the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team has won 13 state titles.
AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
Beitar Jerusalem has always attracted the outsiders, the oppressed and the victimized – Israel's 'forgotten Jews.'
A tour guide holds up a flag with the faces of Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle.
AP Photo/Alastair Grant
Royal weddings have shaped how Americans imagine their own dream weddings. Unfortunately, they don't come cheap – which might explain why fewer and fewer are tying the knot.
Tom Wolfe, in 2010, fired up and holding forth.
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A journalism scholar and biographer of Tom Wolfe looks back at a literary great's life of challenging cultural standards.
People line up to place bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
AP Photo/John Locher
With leagues lobbying for their share, a thriving illegal market that needs to be stifled, and bettors chomping at the bit, the headaches are just beginning.
Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh.
In voicing youthful outrage over inequality and violence, Bangladeshi rappers are creating a powerful form of protest music — just as American MCs have done for 40 years.
For many graduates, the future looms.
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A few years ago, a folklorist started gathering data on the creative ways graduates were embellishing their caps. From student debt to immigration, some themes quickly emerged.
Our minds are wired to anticipate what's coming next – and fill in the gaps when we don’t have all the information.
The magazine taught its readers to never swallow what they’re served.
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Today's media consumers are being bombarded with bias and sensationalism – and could use a dose of Mad's media literacy.
Sophie Tucker defiantly embraced her fuller figure.
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'I Don't Want to Get Thin,' singer Sophie Tucker proclaimed – an attitude that was decades ahead of its time.
The unique bond between humans and horses is explored in the film ‘Lean on Pete.’
Humans and horses have developed a unique interspecies language based on physical contact.
A North Korean newscaster reports on the Inter-Korean summit during an April 28 broadcast.
Korean Central Television
The reclusive country’s media is tightly controlled and choreographed. But a close look at the tone and focus of the coverage can shed light on the regime’s priorities and resolve.
A woman shares a mint julep with her husband before the running of the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
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'Take a silver cup – always a silver cup' and 'fill it with ice pulverized to the fineness of snow,' a Kentucky man explained in 1908.
A plastic surgery-themed magazine is displayed in a Brazil storefront.
Who's really benefiting from a health care system that provides free or low-cost plastic surgeries for the poor?
Nancy Miriam Hawley, founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Inc., with different editions of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Like their predecessors, today's feminists can get mired in disagreements over strategies and goals. The celebrated feminist text suggests a more constructive approach.
A screen shows a baseball game next to various betting lines at the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas, Nevada.
John Locher/AP Photo
But those hoping for a boon in tax revenues could be sorely mistaken: Sports betting isn't as lucrative as it's often portrayed to be.
In Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina,’ each character approaches marriage with a different set of expectations – and many succumb to disappointment.
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In their coverage of Meghan and Harry, the media are focusing on all of the wrong things. Thankfully, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy had sharp insights about marriage that still resonate today.
The pretzel has had a twisted path from Germany to global snack food.
Why are they shiny? And how did Pennsylvania become the pretzel capital of the world?
Kendrick Lamar performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec on July 7, 2017.
Amy Harris/AP Photo
Hip-hop heads around the world are rejoicing over Kendrick Lamar's win. But it's been a tumultuous ride for a genre once derided as 'pornographic filth.'
Pharmacy or marijuana dispensary?
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Marijuana has a rich linguistic tradition. But drive by dispensaries like 'Advanced Medical Alternatives' or 'Alameda Wellness Center,' and you might think you’re passing the office of a physical therapist.
A lithograph by French caricaturist J. J. Grandville depicts the torture of too much noise.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Is noise the real monster? Or is it our own intolerance of unwanted sounds?
In 1938, a cultural icon was born.
Pop culture, personal tragedy and heroic persistence all played a role.
Fire engulfs the Branch Davidian residence near Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993.
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The story of the Waco siege is a story of how the media and the government can work in concert to shape a narrative and dehumanize victims.