A Guide to the Arts, from Here to the Holidays

Critics picks


The more-muted Trump onstage in Nashville isn’t the one TV viewers are going to remember

It would take a much better debate performance than the one the president delivered to erase the images already stored in our collective memory.


If few of us know enough about China, it is not for lack of books

A shelf-full stand ready to assist. We take a closer look at four of them.


A writer infiltrates the world of white nationalism in ‘Culture Warlords’

Researching her book left Talia Lavin more than troubled; it rendered her “incandescent with the kind of rage that doesn’t just last an evening.”


Working on union blues in ‘The Cold Millions’

In Jess Walter’s latest novel Steinbeck has replaced Kafka as the author's muse.


Harold McGee discusses poetry, cookbooks, and delicious scents

Famed for his definitive book, “On Food and Cooking,” McGee takes on all things olfactory in his newest, “Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells.”

Author Christie Tate on what really happens in group therapy

“Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life” unpacks 19-plus years in the same doctor's various groups.


Local bestsellers for the week ending October 18

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.



Virtual author readings Oct. 25-31

All events take place online; visit the venue website for more information.


Farewell Quibi, I do not grieve thee

Turns out viewers had little appetite for TV programming served in quick bites.

Peabody Essex show leads to ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ discovery of a missing painting

A work from Jacob Lawrence's "Struggle: From the History of the American People" series has been found, thanks to an alert museumgoer.

In his new anthology, rock historian Peter Guralnick chooses his own adventures

The author's new anthology, “Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing,” is "as close as I’ll ever get to writing a memoir.”

What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.


HomeFront: Borat, Nicole Kidman, Springsteen, and Norman Rockwell

The Globe’s picks for staying entertained any day of the week.


In ‘Synchronic,’ designer drug meets time travel

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead work in a grand old tradition of smart people making genre movies for too little money.


Doc Talk: Gossip monger, peace protectors, women on the march, unshod walker

“Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip,” “Sinai Field Mission,” “Not Done: Women Remaking America,” and “Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story.”