What makes a word profane, and how does cursing vary from place to place? James Harbeck explains. Warning: contains very strong language.
The week’s best arts and culture reads – including Christopher Plummer’s contempt for The Sound of Music, the Minecraft inventor’s downward spiral and more.
Ahead of a huge retrospective at MoMA in New York, the exhibition’s curator looks back at the work of a truly unique artist.
The District 9 director returns with another sci-fi film, this time about artificial intelligence. But it’s the film that lacks a brain, says Owen Gleiberman.
The Italian fashion week was full of fresh ideas – and a sense of fun. That makes a refreshing change from previous years, writes Susie Lau.
Kazuo Ishiguro returns with his first novel in a decade – a fantasy set in Britain after King Arthur’s fall. But is it any good? Lucy Scholes gives her verdict.
A new documentary follows a group of young environmentalists as they campaign from a fishing boat. Its director tells Tom Brook about ‘mystics and mechanics’.
A new book offers ways of understanding our era. Its authors list ten terms from their glossary, including ‘de-selfing’, ‘time snack’ and ‘Detroitus’.
Should you devote 13 hours to the third season of the smash-hit programme about Washington backstabbing? Keith Uhlich has an answer.
A new album features a 1975 recording by Leonard Nimoy. Based on a short story about a nuclear holocaust, it is both chilling and oddly soothing.