March 08, 2014

Twist and Shout
11:59 PM

The cliche that's killing our conversations about TV. 

Lorrie Moore Is a Mash-up of Contemporary Fiction
12:00 AM

Take the American gothic currents of Joyce Carol Oates; instill the pithy black humor of Sam Lipsyte and the absurdist instincts of George Saunders—minus the sci-fi, futuristic flourishes; add a dose of domestic macabre a la A.M. Homes; invite the open-ended poetry of Lydia Davis but mix it with the sociological precision of Jonathan Franzen, and you have something like a recipe for a Lorrie Moore story.

March 07, 2014

The Vikings Invented Soap Operas—So Why Do We Depict Them As Brutes?
8:00 PM

The Vikings are returning to the nation’s public attention with the opening of a major exhibition at the British Museum, “Vikings: Life and Legend,” and the simultaneous publication of Philip Parker’s history of the Viking world, The Northmen’s Fury.

The Science Behind Making Your Very Own James Franco-furter
8:00 PM

A company called Bite Labs has set up a website offering the concept of “Celebrity Meat”, where cultures of cells scraped from famous people are grown, in vitro, before being mixed with cow and pig meat into salami sausages.

Children’s Books Still Promote Gender Stereotypes
8:00 PM

Why do we give books to children? Common answers to that question involve the use of words like “expand”, “open” or “broaden”, followed by “minds”, “hearts”, “horizons” or “imaginations”.

If Your Eyes Are Exhausted, It Might Be the English Language’s Fault
3:22 PM

You don't read Shakespeare in a straight line, and other lessons from eye-tracking research

The Age-Old Connection Between Russia and Ukraine Is Over

In the cafés, in the shops, on the streets of Kiev everyone is asking the one question that matters in one particular way: Will there be war? No one can quite finish the question: Will there be war with Russia?

The New SAT Will Do Away with 'SAT Words,' And That's a Shame
2:08 PM

What will the world be like without "effulgent" and "grandiloquence"? 

Comic Book Convinces Kenyans to Dye Their Chickens Pink
1:08 PM

It also has good advice about chickens.

"I Think Jeffrey Tambor's Got a Kind of Gender-Queerness"
1:07 PM

The creator of Amazon's "Transparent" talks about Jeffrey Tambor's feminine side, watching the Oscars, and the trouble with True Detective.