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Captain America’s Creator Spent a Lifetime Punching Nazis

The Second World War turned Jack Kirby, comics’ greatest talent, into its first social justice warrior. Spencer Ackerman celebrates the legend just …

Three Charles Bukowski Books Illustrated by Robert Crumb: Underground Comic Art Meets Outsider Literature

Think of the artists you know who, especially in the 1960s and 70s, portrayed an often sordid reality in detail, just as they saw it, garnering …

How The President Show Predicts Trump’s Every Move, Weeks in Advance

Comedian Anthony Atamanuik explains how he’s been anticipating Trump’s gaffes all year—often months in advance.<p>In the pilot of <i>The President Show,</i> which aired in April, <b>Anthony Atamanuik’s</b> “Donald Trump” character fielded a question that rings especially poignant just a few months later. After he …

Donald Trump

The Seattle Police Department joined in on its city’s trolling of Alex Jones

Whatever the opposite of a red carpet is, that’s what the people of Seattle rolled out for <i>Infowars</i>’ resident “performance artist” Alex Jones when he …

Alex Jones

The A.V. Club - Video

Take a journey into this architecturally baffling Indiana mansion

In a takedown worthy of McMansion Hell, professor and writer Gabriel Rosenberg has enlightened us all to this real estate listing for a truly bizarre …

Real Estate
Social Media

Long Before Photoshop, the Soviets Mastered the Art of Erasing People from Photographs — and History Too

Adobe Photoshop, the world's best-known piece of image-editing software, has long since transitioned from noun to verb: "to Photoshop" has come to …

The Women Behind the 'Alt-Right'

The overwhelmingly male crowd at the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville shouldn’t be seen as an absence of women in the movement overall.<p>Last Friday night, the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park all looked strikingly similar. They were almost exclusively …

Rights & Freedoms

An Online Guide to 350 International Art Styles & Movements: An Invaluable Resource for Students & Enthusiasts of Art History

If you majored in art history, you no doubt have lasting memories, and possibly painful ones, of long nights spent in the library memorizing the …

How Doors Open onto Philosophical Mysteries in Robert Bresson’s Films: A Short Video Essay by Kogonada

FYI: Last Friday, Colin Marshall highlighted for you the new feature film by kogonada, whose many video essays--on Ozu, Linklater, Malick, Anderson, …

Essays

Download 400,000 Free Classical Musical Scores & 46,000 Free Classical Recordings from the International Music Score Library Project

The pleasure of listening to classical music, as every classical music aficionado knows, goes well beyond listening to one's favorite piece. You …

Flute

Read This: The mistake Chuck Jones couldn’t get over in “What’s Opera, Doc?”

Warner Bros. cartoons are still amazingly enjoyable, especially considering they all had the same basic plot: Wile E. Coyote chases Road Runner. …

Animation

This Stand-Up Comedian Will Convince You to Love Guy Fieri

If you don't already.<p>People fucking love Anthony Bourdain. Can't get enough of him. Take his word as the gospel truth. Which is cool. But as comedian Shane Torres says in an advance track for his new album, "He seems like the kind of person who would be mean to dogs."<p>"What does he do?" Torres …

Comedians

“The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” gave us a totally outrageous paradigm

Once in a great while, we are privileged to experience a television event so extraordinary, it becomes part of our shared heritage. And in receiving …

The Simpsons

The Urgent Message of M.I.A.'s Kala at 10

In sound and in message, the rapper’s brilliant second album attacked the concept of borders between peoples.<p>The story of M.I.A.’s <i>Kala</i> is one of being locked out of somewhere and having a great time anyways. The London rapper Maya Arulpragasam had planned to record the follow-up to her acclaimed …

Sri Lanka

Two Photographers’ Idyllic Images of Russia and England

Photographers Maria Gruzdeva and Mark Power share their work in our annual photo issue.<p><i>For our annual photo issue we reached out to 16 up-and-coming photographers and asked them which photographer inspired them to pursue the medium. Then we approached their "idols" to see if they would be willing</i> …

Black Sea

Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004: The Best Songs of the Year, as Selected by the Beloved DJ’s Listeners

We’ve devoted space here before to legendary BBC DJ John Peel’s musical legacy, from his formidable record collection to his many hours of “Peel …

David Bowie

Hear a Rare Recording of Flannery O’Connor Reading “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (1959)

Flannery O'Connor was a Southern writer who, as Joyce Carol Oates once said, had less in common with Faulkner than with Kafka and Kierkegaard. …

Literature

Lemmy covers Bowie in newly unearthed Motörhead track

Although he died in late December of 2015, it’s natural to include Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in the host of incredibly talented …

David Bowie

ACLU files sassy brief in support of John Oliver

<i>Last Week Tonight With John Oliver</i> earned the wrath of coal magnate Bob Murray back in June with a piece about the coal industry’s (and the …

Time Warner
Language

The Influential Font Lover's Library

The Influential Font Lover’s Library <b>Just $29</b><p><b>Deal Expired</b> $29<p>470 Definitive Fonts in One Superb Collection<p>This font bundle is truly special; a …

Typography

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

Métal hurlant: The Hugely Influential French Comic Magazine That Put Moebius on the Map & Changed Sci-Fi Forever

Would you believe that one particular publication inspired a range of visionary creators including Ridley Scott, George Lucas, Luc Besson, William …

Science Fiction

How to learn to play the piano in six weeks

In How to Play the Piano, the concert pianist James Rhodes teaches readers how they can learn the instrument in just six weeks. Watch the video above to find out more.<p>Many adults express a desire to learn an instrument, but may have been put off by childhood lessons, the dread of long and tedious …

Piano

Chapterhouse revives the first female superhero in this Fantomah exclusive

Canadian comics publisher Chapterhouse has been steadily expanding its superhero lineup since it debuted in 2015 with a new interpretation of Captain …

Comics

Thor: Ragnarok gets its dream cast: Jeff Goldblum as everyone

<i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> unveiled a new trailer this past weekend at Comic-Con, wherein the God Of Thunder assembles a team (including The Hulk and his naughty …

Construction

All the Best Comic-Con 2017 Footage: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ More

The annual San Diego geekfest is currently in full swing. Here’s the most intriguing new footage that premiered at this year’s Comic-Con, from TV …