Culture

February 12, 2014

What Mammograms Cost Us: The Good and the Bad, in Seven Facts

A few facts and figures about the mammogram industry's bottom line.

It's Darwin's 205th Birthday, and People Still Don't Accept Evolution
A letter to the man behind the theory
1:12 PM

A letter to the father of evolution. Amazingly, he's still controversial.

"Scientific Creationism" Is Still Fantasy
On Darwin's birthday, a defense of his greatest theory
12:12 PM

Despite this country's apparent modernism, the creationist movement once again is growing.

Shirley Temple Only Dated Her Husband for 12 Days
Research shows the longer you date, the happier your marriage. Unless you're Shirley Temple.
11:39 AM

Shirley Temple dated her husband for two weeks and stayed with him for 55 years—but for most people, the longer you spend courting your spouse, the happier your marriage.

February 11, 2014

Matthew Barney's New Epic Is a Mythomaniacal Mailer-Hemingway Mash-Up
And he's more scatological than ever
5:19 PM

Nobody among the current elite crew of megalomaniacal mixed-media artists has gone farther than Matthew Barney when it comes to rejecting the old-fashioned constraints of the art gallery in favor of the dramatic possibilities of film. 

'The Lego Movie' Isn't Just Anti-Capitalist. It's Anti-Fox, Too.
4:56 PM

Fox Business is right to be scared of this provocative children's movie.

Are Republicans Afraid to Talk About Michael Sam?
4:10 PM

It's been mostly cheers for Michael Sam, except on the right—where it's been mostly silence. Can that change?

Was Sylvia Plath Just A "Minor Poet"?

Plath's tragic death can make her seem legacy more important than it really is. 

The Civil Rights Act Was Not As Important As You Think
It was what came after that changed everything
1:12 PM

It was the battles that came after it that really defined its impact.

If Michael Sam Isn't Drafted, Don't Just Blame the NFL. Blame the Media, Too.
12:25 PM

Everyone is ready for a gay football player—except NFL execs and certain sports reporters, apparently.

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