Culture

June 09, 2014

How Hollywood Gave Up on the Detective Story
Did 'Chinatown' doom the private eye?

Did Chinatown doom the private eye? 

This Summer's Abortion Comedy May Save the Rom-Com
5:48 PM

That's right. A comedy about abortion.

This Is What Dickensian London Really Looked Like
Images of the squalor and sadness of Victorian life
3:47 PM

Images of the squalor and sadness of Victorian life.

The World Cup Is About to Begin, and FIFA's Reputation Has Never Been Worse
12:54 PM

John Oliver's 13-minute rant is just the latest in a long string of embarrassments.

Homicide Inequality in Chicago—In Maps
Murders have plummeted overall, but much of the city has seen only modest declines or stagnation
12:00 PM

Murders have plummeted overall, but that's not the whole story. 

June 08, 2014

A Famous Science Fiction Writer's Descent Into Libertarian Madness
Robert A. Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it
9:09 PM

Robert Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it.

This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West
Too bad Congress didn't listen
8:00 PM

Today's drought-riven west would look very different if Congress had listened to John Wesley Powell

Meet China's Tony Robbins
The predatory gospel of China's most popular motivational speaker

The predatory gospel of China's most popular motivational speaker.

In the Near Future, Only Very Wealthy Colleges Will Have English Departments
Adapt (not publish) or perish
8:00 PM

The change isn’t necessarily an evil to be decried.

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