Ken Tucker’s writing about TV, books, film, and music has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Believer, and The Best American Poetry blog. He can be heard on for NPR’s Fresh Air. He has won two National Magazine Awards.

'The Son'

Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy should welcome Philipp Meyer’s The Son into the the pantheon of great Westerns. Ken Tucker on a modern take on Indians, Texas, and buffalo.

Smotherly Love

On Bates Motel, Vera Farmiga masterfully transforms a would-be harridan into a new kind of protagonist: the sensual hysteric. Ken Tucker on the most naturalistic performance on TV.


Jonathan Winters died today at the age of 87. Best known for his role on Mork & Mindy, he was a gifted comedian, a painter, and a tragic figure.