This week's B-Side, headed by Senior Arts Editor Jo Chang, examines "comfort" in the arts. From childhood films to TV's "Friends" to midnight dancing, our writers take a look at what serves as their own emotional repose.
In the late 19th century, former slaves and the children of former slaves – robbed of centuries of cultural and musical heritage – gathered in the streets of New Orleans to forge a musical tradition to call their own.
The first time I found a copy of Joy Williams’s “The Changeling,” I was 19 and wandering around the public library searching for it — though I wasn’t aware of this yet. It was a few months before summer break and I was on the brink of a spectacular mental breakdown.
William Deresiewicz sees a crisis in the arts, and he needs you to stop it. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be that simple, because the problem comes from something that is increasingly woven into the fabric of our daily lives: The Algorithm.