Hear tracks by Sofia Kourtesis, Remble, Caetano Veloso and others.
Each day, our editors collect the most interesting, striking or delightful facts to appear in articles throughout the newspaper. Here are 72 from the past year that left us thinking.
Aaron, Sondheim, Dole and Didion. But the loss of Colin Powell from the virus spoke most directly to the moment the world is in.
These are the pictures that defined an unpredictable year across the worlds of art, music, dance and performance.
The most vital exercise science of 2021 provided a reminder that our bodies and minds can flourish, no matter our circumstances.
Collections from labels like Fania and Armabillion, icons including Ray Charles and J Dilla, and living artists such as Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Radiohead were welcome additions this year.
Documentaries brought us closer to musicians this year, and it wasn’t always pretty.
What we watched, read, listened to and cooked this year.
Looking back at a year of pictures from the Styles Desk.
Some artists held the spotlight for generations. Others left us lamenting careers cut short. Here is a tribute to those we lost this year.
A host of fusions between the two genres arrived this year, with implications for both the underground and the mainstream.
We look at the finest in sci-fi, horror, action and international films.
Four of the app’s voices on pop name their favorite releases of the year and discuss developing taste in the age of the algorithm.
World records, no-look shots, extraordinary goals, trick baserunning, come-from-behind victories … we may not know what sports will look like in 2022, but 2021 had it all.
A late-night target throughout his time in office, the former president remained a favorite subject, along with Covid’s ongoing impact and President Biden’s first year in the White House.
Among the thousands of hours of television that came out this year, episodes of “Call My Agent,” “For All Mankind,” “Mythic Quest,” “Pose” and “WandaVision,” among others, stood out.
Today’s celebrities found a way to keep shining in a dark year.
The return of indoor shows brought comedy closer to normal, and there were plenty of specials from Bo Burnham, Tig Notaro, Roy Wood Jr. and others.
After the tumult and triumphs of 2020, here are the achievements that shaped the first year following the country’s racial reckoning.
In a year that offered glimmers of hope across the world of arts, these performers and creators rose to the occasion.
There’s now a thriving cottage industry for content that re-examines the recent past through a contemporary critical lens. Is that a good thing?
Classics by Bach, Mozart and Brahms and new works by Andy Akiho, Angélica Negrón and Tyshawn Sorey were among our favorite recordings this year.
A deep dive into the world of grains, a collection of new cookie classics, unforgettable recipes from Shanghai and more, as tested by New York Cooking and the Food desk.
A host of outstanding duet albums emphasized musicians not only collaborating but truly listening to each other.
Our critics spar over their year-end lists (and agree on Olivia Rodrigo and Tyler, the Creator) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs.
From labeling your feelings to exercise snacks, here’s a roundup of some of Well’s best advice for better living.
The Book Review’s poetry columnist, Elisa Gabbert, picks her seven favorite collections of the year.
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The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.
Ambitious museum shows in Tulsa, Richmond, and Louisville left an imprint. Jasper Johns, Maya Lin and Latino artists shone. And the high quality of gallery shows of women was dizzying and gratifying.
All that pent-up dressing up finally found an outlet. If it wasn’t a carpet per se, it was a public moment.
Contemplation, not clicks: Our critic looks back on marble sculptures in Rome, songs of “atmospheric anxiety” and the Frick Collection in a new light.
No apologies from our critic-at-large, who found plenty of movies, plays and TV series to nourish the culture nerd within.
The Metropolitan Opera returned with its first work by a Black composer, the repertory slowly got richer, and other highlights of the year.
Sixty-six tracks that tell the story of the year: a posthumous political statement, a hyperpop star finding his footing, an emerging force’s debut smash and a superstar’s 10-minute redo.
In a year of continued uncertainty, musicians held their colleagues, and listeners, close.
Even when a film wasn’t great, filmgoing was. But there were some truly wonderful releases, ranging from music docs and musicals to westerns and the just plain weird.
From Bo Burnham to “We Are Lady Parts,” the best in television this year offered ingenuity, humor, defiance and hope.
Less isolation didn’t mean a return to normalcy. Albums with big feelings and room for catharsis made the most powerful connections.
A year of uncertainty was capped by a happy ending: a rush of performances this fall, including standouts by masters (Twyla Tharp) and breakout stars (LaTasha Barnes).
Shows about Chippendales, a notorious Hollywood bomb, the search for the perfect pasta shape and the immediate aftermath of 9/11 are among those worthy of your attention.
Upstarts including Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Chloe Bailey and the Kid Laroi grew up on the internet, admiring the artists who are now their contemporaries.
Editors at The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.
The streaming service’s movies feature Oscars winners and box office stars and are a reminder of its power in a Hollywood that has been irrevocably changed during the pandemic.
Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?
Advice from Well on how to get more and sounder sleep in 2021.