Culture

June 09, 2014

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.

June 07, 2014

'Fiddler on the Roof' Distorted Sholem Aleichem
But Sholem Aleichem distorted shtetl life to begin with

Two new books together underscore the extent to which both Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem were creatures of their audiences.

June 06, 2014

The Sexist Pseudoscience of Pick-Up Artists: The Dangers of “Alpha Male” Thinking
8:00 PM

The weird anthropological world view of “alpha males” competing for “targets” is a nonsense that has bled out into other sexist discourse. 

Why Is it So Appealing to Play as a Terrorist in Video Games?
8:00 PM

In real life, we abhor terrorism and everything associated with it. So why do so many games manage to convince us that playing at it is fun?

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