More than a few novels, short story volumes and essay collections deserved a place on your bookshelf this year. Jane Ciabattari picks the greatest.
Greg Kot picks the tunes – some extraordinarily popular, some that should have been – that helped shape the year in music.
It’s the season for eggnog, mistletoe and yuletide viewing. BBC Culture picks the best holiday films ever made – and It’s a Wonderful Life is not among them.
The past 12 months have offered up superior blockbusters and strong independent movies. Critic Owen Gleiberman picks the best cinema had to offer.
Festivals celebrating the great writer take place every year, from Texas to Mumbai to Holland. What makes him so attractive, all these years after his death?
The nation promises “merciless retaliation” against the filmmakers behind The Interview. What’s so threatening about this film? Simon Fowler takes a look.
With Nasa offering its own parody of All About That Bass, BBC Culture rounds up the funniest, weirdest and most talked-about videos of the year.
During the Puritans’ rule of England, celebrating on 25 December was forbidden. Singing yuletide songs then was a political act, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.
The week’s best arts and culture reads – including why magazines in waiting rooms are always old, why The Interview isn’t funny and WH Auden on Sigmund Freud.
As the ground-breaking American series turns 25, Stephen Dowling reflects on the revolutionary style of comedy its writers introduced.