Ricardo Alberto Maldonado named next head of Academy of American Poets

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado named next head of Academy of American Poets

Comment on this storyComment The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday that poet and translator Ricardo Alberto Maldonado will be its next executive director and president. The academy, founded in 1934, is one of the country’s leading literary nonprofits: It established April as National Poetry Month and brings verse to a wide audience through its … Read more

Review | ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ fights moved me to tears. But its story needs more.

Review | ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ fights moved me to tears. But its story needs more.

Comment on this storyComment StarSolidStarSolidStarSolidStarHalf(3.5 stars) At times over the last month, playing “Final Fantasy XVI” has felt like the world’s most important task. The urgency of the background cantata with a booming all-male chorus paired with some of the most impressive digital pyrotechnics in video games moved me to tears, overwhelming my senses of … Read more

Powerhouse vocalist Baby Rose has her D.C. homecoming

Powerhouse vocalist Baby Rose has her D.C. homecoming

Comment on this storyComment Baby Rose is coming home. The 28-year-old singer called D.C. her home for the first 12 years of her life, but even after she moved away, the spirit of the city never left her. “It was always intertwined with me,” said Jasmine Rose Wilson, known professionally as Baby Rose. “I never … Read more

Andrew Barth Feldman is so excited to meet you

Andrew Barth Feldman is so excited to meet you

Comment on this storyComment NEW YORK — No matter how you slice it, Andrew Barth Feldman doesn’t come across as much of a 21-year-old. As the actor takes a window seat at a trendy Midtown coffee shop in early May, two days shy of that milestone birthday, he still possesses the boyish looks and endearing … Read more

Analysis | Video game controllers on subs are normal. The Titanic vessel’s isn’t.

Analysis | Video game controllers on subs are normal. The Titanic vessel’s isn’t.

Comment on this storyComment Some people, journalists included, seem shocked that a video game controller was used to pilot the submersible vessel that was exploring the Titanic wreckage and has been missing since Sunday. But many functions of modern heavy equipment, including vehicles in the U.S. military, are controlled by standard video game controllers anyone … Read more

Review | ‘Asteroid City’: You’ll need a map to find your way out of this one

Review | ‘Asteroid City’: You’ll need a map to find your way out of this one

Comment on this storyComment StarSolidStarSolidStarOutlineStarOutline(2 stars) To explain Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City,” an ambitious yet mystifyingly dysfunctional meta-movie, in terms of both form and content, it may be helpful to walk a prospective viewer backward, outward from the center of this most puzzling — and, most puzzlingly, ponderous — of puzzle boxes. Set in 1955, … Read more

Review | An Irish woman looks back, with plenty of humor and heartbreak

Review | An Irish woman looks back, with plenty of humor and heartbreak

Comment on this storyComment If I’d been paying better attention or still had kids at home, I might have heard about the Irish writer Caroline O’Donoghue earlier. She’s a witty newspaper columnist in the United Kingdom, the author of a supernatural series for teens called “The Gifts” and the host of “Sentimental Garbage,” a podcast … Read more