Culture

 
Thumb

The confused semiotics of gender in HBO’s ‘Hung’

“Hung” can be a lot of fun, but for a show about prostitution, it’s a very antiseptic affair.

Thumb

  Living large: A look inside the tiny house movement

Need to Know visited one of the leaders of the “tiny house” movement, Dee Williams, who lives in a simple but stylish 84 square-foot home in Olympia, Washington.

Thumb

  Living the tiny life

From Washington State to Texas and beyond, tiny house are popping up (or rolling up) all over the place. Here’s a sampling.

Thumb

  Faster, higher, richer?

Will the 2012 Olympic Games improve life in London’s down-at-heel East End — or will the International Olympic Committee pocket the profits after Britain pays the bills?

Thumb

‘Mad Men’ season premiere recap: ‘I’ll be your mirror’

The season premiere of the show explores the tensions between appearance and reality via its enigmatic protagonist, Don Draper.

Thumb

Settlement reached in case of gay couple kept apart during man’s last days

A California man whose claims of elder abuse and discrimination have galvanized gay rights advocates across the country agreed to settle his lawsuit against Sonoma County Thursday.

Thumb

  Next week’s news: Sarah Palin edition

What would the former Alaska governor do as president? Need to Knows resident satirist, Andy Borowitz, gazes into the future, all the way to the year 2012, to find out.

Thumb

  The Shirley Sherrod saga, and how the media discusses race

Need to Know talks to Terence Samuel, deputy editor of The Root, an online magazine, to discuss the controversial resignation of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, and how the media handles issues of race.

Thumb

Gary Shteyngart on Facebook, literacy and the end of America

Need to Know talks to author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, whose new dystopian, darkly humorous novel “Super Sad True Love Story” foretells the ruinous decline of literacy in America.