Culture

April 24, 2014

TV Needs to Stop Treating Mental Illness as a Superpower
11:00 PM

ABC's "Black Box" is an absurdly clumsy example of one of pop culture's most noxious tropes.

Racist Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Reveals the Depths of Conservative White Supremacism Denial
10:57 PM

For the right as a whole, Cliven Bundy is symptomatic of a very big problem.

Michael Pineda’s Foul Ball
3:15 PM

A pine tar controversy provides a peek into the intricate world of baseball's unwritten rules.

'Locke' is the Best New Film of the Year
3:13 PM

Locke is a film in which the locusts and the furies of confusion come to life. Go see it.  

Conservatives Hold the Line, Offer Weak Defense of Racist Rancher As Martyr for Liberty
1:55 PM

I had assumed that Cliven Bundy's lapse into slaver nostalgia would augur the end of his martyr status on the right. But I was wrong.

Piketty's 'Capital': A Hit That Was, Wasn't, Then Was Again
9:56 AM

Here's the story of how a 700-page French economics book topped Amazon—and sent a small publisher scrambling.

April 23, 2014

These Newsreels Tell the History of the 20th Century
4:39 PM

Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch. 

The Haunting Beauty of Farm Technology
1:43 PM

The hidden beauty in everyday farm objects.

A Rock Star's Brother Made A Documentary. What It Says About Sibling Rivalry.
1:40 PM

Psychologists' studies show that a shared family experience isn’t what makes you similar, it’s what drives you to become unique.

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities
1:03 PM

Flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you. 

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