Culture

June 05, 2014

The Great Satirical-News Scam of 2014
The Onion is funny. These other sites aren't—and that's intentional. They're cashing in on your gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.
8:00 PM

Websites like The Daily Currant and National Report are cashing in on readers' gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.

The Science Behind #ThrowbackThursday
Why we derive special pleasure from the act of remembering the past.

Why we derive special pleasure from the act of remembering the past. 

In Praise of Reading Whatever the Hell You Want
Don't let Slate make you feel ashamed for reading books that you love
6:27 PM

Don't let anyone make you feel ashamed for reading books that you love

'We Are All Hachette Now' Is More Complicated for Small Publishers
Independent presses have a mixed relationship with Amazon
5:15 PM

Amazon has referenced the idea that they are good for small publishers. Are they?

A Bogus New Autism Study Claims Excessive Manliness Is to Blame
11:11 AM

Another whack, dangerous study claims it knows what causes autism. Baloney.

Louis C.K.'s Best Work Yet
Bringing you the Magyar Pixie Dream Girl
10:48 AM

C.K. is straying from his comfort zone, and he knows it.

"How Au Courant I Am, Eating This Pig Face"
Why some foods become trendy, and others never take off
10:11 AM

Cronuts, Arabica beans, and “I love bacon” bumper stickers—food trends are more about fashion than taste.    

June 04, 2014

The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too
Adolescent angst and violence are not the exclusive domain of boys
11:39 PM

We need to move beyond the (hetero)sexual framework we’ve come to accept as the defining norm of adolescence.

The Day I Met J.D. Salinger
8:00 PM

"I found myself standing in front of my boss and Salinger—Jerry—resisting the urge to smooth my skirt."

Even Emily Blunt Can't Save the New Tom Cruise Movie
3:35 PM

Edge of Tomorrow is lavish, ear-splitting junk

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