Three new books tackle various mysteries from the world of linguistics: why we swear, why we say “mm-hmm” all the time and how conversation arose.
Playwrights talk about how to use profanities for maximum effect — and how they can backfire.
For more than 50 years, Nobuyoshi Araki has pushed the limits of free expression. Rope is for him what blue paint was for Yves Klein.
Cultural figures in Russia describe a climate of anxiety as laws banning obscenities have made them compromise their work or face harsh penalties.
As a young lawyer, Mr. Bendich argued the two landmark obscenity cases, providing the legal rationales for the judge to find in favor of the defense both times.
Taking another step to restrict Russia’s Internet, President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government.