Culture

Angel's face.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: She has an impressive film resumé. She takes on roles that are varied and wide in scope. She is Naomi Watts.

Cultural commune.

An architectural luminary and a fashion-house great will come together in Paris this fall with the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a new Frank Gehry–designed building.

Behind the clues.

Brandishing a pencil, a pen if he is confident, a puzzler turns to the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times, scans the page, finds his quarry, and settles in for a fight.

Paradigm shift.

“Your first obligation as a student is to fill your eyes with wonder.” Dr. Wade Davis—professor of anthropology, former explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, author of 17 books and counting—has the full attention of an auditorium of students at the University of British Columbia.

The Forbidden City at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Amidst Beijing’s dense landscape lies the Forbidden City. For over 500 years, the halls of this royal residence remained a mystery to all but the emperor, his family, and those who served him.

Solitude in the age of screens.

There were then two glowing screens atop my desk; three, if you count my yappy little phone. I was a magazine editor at the time—or, as we now say, a “content creator.” Yet I spent my days not so much creating content as reacting to it.

Through the lens.

When fashion and film unite, expect the unexpected. The Giorgio Armani brand is a long-time patron of the arts, and now the company is promoting emerging filmmakers through its Films of City Frames initiative.

Next-level narcissism.

Social media is a wonderful thing. Whether it’s toppling governments in the Middle East or helping you to keep up with your aunt’s holiday snaps, there’s no denying that it’s changed the way we live our lives forever.

An extraordinary mind.

Given the serious and slightly bleak tone of my last column, I had intended to make this one brighter. Then David Foster Wallace died, at age 46. I previously wrote about Wallace’s book of essays Consider the Lobster, but it’s important to bring his work up again. He was very likely the best and most important American writer of his generation.