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Rey's Big Revelation in The Last Jedi Wasn't a Fake-Out, But It Could Become One Later

There are a lot of questions coming out of <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi—</i>like, <i>a lot</i> of them—but one of the biggest stems from a discovery about Rey’s …

Star Wars

The 5 Best Xbox One Games Of 2017

The Xbox received a much needed boost with the release on the Xbox One X this year. The console's successes have varied, but this year in particular was a big step in the right direction. Part of this can be attributed to the arrival of Xbox One X, currently the most powerful console on the market. …

Top 20 Essential Anime

Here's a list of anime — both shows and movies — that make up the "core curriculum" for an anime watcher. Some are newer than others, some …

The Nintendo Switch is damn near perfect

A little over eight months ago, Nintendo released the Switch, a video game system that was unlike anything that had come before it.<p>It was a novel cross between a traditional games system, a handheld one, and the Nintendo Wii, with its motion-tracking controllers. It’s fun to play, well-built, and …

Your guide to mysterious literary genius Donna Tartt

All fiction should be immersive, but reading a novel by American author Donna Tartt is like entering a parallel universe, constellated by sumptuous descriptions and erudite references, suspenseful twists and jolting turns, as well as characters so fully fleshed out that you mourn their absence long …

Literature

60 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Curl up with #12 this weekend.<p>When you've had your fill of beach reads, broaden your horizons with a selection from this list of literary masterpieces that range from moving memoirs to hilarious essays. (And okay, okay — we have some "beach" reads in here too.)

Books

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

The 25 hidden TV gems you need to see

In December 2004, Scientific American Life published an article entitled The Tyranny of Choice. It argued that constantly being surrounded by indistinguishable everyday options is slowing us down. It’s overloading our minds and paralysing us. It’s making us miserable. If you’ve ever spent an …

TV

The journal of Marcus Aurelius is essential reading if you want a clear and focused mind

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.<p>From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of …

Immune System

Netflix Is Bringing A Whole Lot of Anime To Its Streaming Service, And We’re Stoked

Netflix has casually dabbled in the anime scene for quite some time now, but it’s about to go all in. The company is introducing over ten new anime …

The 6 Anime on Netflix You Need to Know About

You've seen the classics. Now stream the gems.<p>In early August, Netflix unveiled its plans to produce a slew of new, original anime, a sign that the …

Anime

This Summer's Standout Anime Is About A Mysterious Pit Full Of Monsters

Early on in this summer’s standout fantasy anime <i>Made in Abyss</i>, the troublemaking 12-year-old orphan Riko reveals a compass that always points to the …

When Mistakes/Studio Glitches Give Famous Songs Their Personality: Pink Floyd, Metallica, The Breeders, Steely Dan & More

Before the advent of digital studio technology, a degree of imprecision naturally resulted from the recording process. It may now be too easy to …

The Ultimate 50 States Reading List

Join us on a reading road trip.<p>Explore the United States with this coast-to-coast reading list. We’ve compiled 50 books (and plays!) set in the 50 …

17 Skills That Are Hard to Learn but Will Pay Off Forever

#7: Mind your business<p>The best things in life may be free, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire.<p>That’s …

Disney announced all its movies coming in the next 5 years — here's what you have to look forward to

Walt Disney Studios made a major update to its theatrical schedule in March ahead of its annual shareholder's meeting.<p>The company outlined its movie schedule through 2023 where it announced dates for a mix of live-action films, Marvel superheroes, sequels, and many more trips to a galaxy far, far …

Walt Disney Company

Holy Cow, Look at All the New Anime Netflix Is Working On

Netflix’s foray into the world of anime has been slow and steady over the years, but the company is about to make a major commitment to bringing a …

Anime

What Makes John Bonham Such a Good Drummer? A New Video Essay Breaks Down His Inimitable Style

A tongue-in-cheek essay in <i>McSweeney’s</i>, Michael Fowler’s “How to Play a John Bonham Drum Solo,” contains some of the finest descriptions I've read of …

Guitar

Hands Down, These Are the Best Documentaries of All Time

Just as we watch romantic period dramas to feed a nostalgic wonder, feel-good comedies for a much-needed laugh, indie flicks to delight our eyes, and …

Social Justice

6 Things to Know Before Seeing 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is the latest big-budget sequel to hit theaters this summer, and the third entry in the ongoing saga of man vs. ape will push the story in an even darker direction. But if you're not sure where "War" fits into the overall "Apes" picture, we're here to help.<p>Here's …

Artist Gives Classic Disney Characters A Modern And Honest Twist

Poor Jasmine.<p>If classic Disney characters lived in modern times would life still be happily ever after?<p>Tom Ward, a U.K.-based illustrator, explores what Disney characters’ lives would be like if they lived in 2017. And for some characters, like Gaston and LeFou from “Beauty and the Beast,” modern …

Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Summer's the time for comics — Marvel and DC blockbusters are in movie theaters, fans are preparing to descend on San Diego for its epic annual Comic-Con, and if nothing else, your friendly local comic store or library is there to provide an air-conditioned Fortress of Solitude where you can escape …

Graphic Novels

This Is the Best-Selling Platinum Artist of All Time, and It Isn't The Beatles

We recently looked at the best-selling albums from the year you were born (starting in 1956 with <i>Billboard</i>‘s records), but which artist has accrued …

Music

The 100 Greatest Movies of the Nineties

Shot in grainy black and white and loosely based on director Kevin Smith's life at the time, this no-budget film follows a convenience store clerk …

Movies

The case for taking forever to finish reading books

For a long time I’ve been reading one book. It’s been five years since I started <i>In Search of Lost Time</i>, and I’m only two-thirds the way through.<p>That’s fine with me. Each month as I sit down, pen in hand, back straight, at a table—never in bed, on the train, or at the beach—I find myself lost in the …

Oceanhorn Isn’t Zelda But It Might As Well Be

<i>If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that</i> …

25 Expert Tips to Reading WAY More Books This Year | Inc.com

I've always enjoyed reading. But, to be perfectly honest, I didn't used to read as much as I should have. Besides being a great way to escape and unwind, reading increases your knowledge, focus, and worldview as a business owner.<p>It also gives you something interesting to talk about when you're …

Productivity

Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Is Like ‘Star Wars’ on Crystal Meth, and It’s Almost Crazy Enough to Work

Luc Besson returns with a space oddity so high on its own supply that it makes “Guardians of the Galaxy” look like an Ozu film.<p>Imagine if someone …

How 'A Ghost Story' Became the Most Haunting Movie of 2017

David Lowery knows that you're probably going to laugh at the sheet. He did too, a little bit, when he first saw it. So did Casey Affleck and Rooney …

Charlie Brown