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An Ode to the Michelada, the Most Refreshing Drink Ever Created

We're celebrating National Beer Day with a damn good beer cocktail.<p>We'll get to the drink. But first, a quick history detour.<p>On April 7, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act into law, legalizing the sale of low-ABV beer and wine, and setting into motion events that …

Cocktails

Putin: The New Tsar review – a portrait of a lonely, lying narcissist

Stuffed with insight and bizarre anecdotes, this documentary about the Russian president could almost be funny if it weren’t so scary<p>It was 2006, not long since Vladimir Putin had passed a new law allowing the KGB to kill traitors outside Russia, and soon after Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned …

Russia

Children of Blood and Bone guide: Everything you need to know about this year's biggest fantasy series

<i>Children of Blood and Bone</i>, from first-time author Tomi Adeyemi, has all the makings of a masterpiece.<p>The 600-page volume is a multi-faceted …

Books

Has AI finally cracked the mysterious Voynich manuscript?

Two computer scientists from the University of Alberta claim to have created a series of algorithms that can decipher unknown alphabetic scripts, and …

Carl Sagan’s Syllabus & Final Exam for His Course on Critical Thinking (Cornell, 1986)

Though now more than twenty years gone, Carl Sagan, through his many books and his classic television series <i>Cosmos</i>, continues to teach us all he knew …

Stream of the Crop: 10 New Albums for Heavy Rotation

New projects from Nadine, No Age, Migos, and Agrimonia make this week's list of essential albums.<p>Every week, the <i>Noisey</i> staff puts together a list of the best and most important albums, mixtapes, and EPs from the past seven days. Sometimes that list includes projects we’ve written about on the site …

Death Metal

Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

For the weekend of April 7, Streamline recommends “Collateral” in the top Netflix spot for the fifth time.<p>Over the last few weeks, Netflix has debuted far more original movies than original shows. “Collateral” is very, very good, but it has only maintained that top spot for so long because Netflix …

Entertainment

The Insane Real-Life College Heist Film Generating Major Sundance Buzz

In 2004, four Kentucky college boys attempted the most dimwitted art heist in modern history. In the Sundance feature ‘American Animals,’ the …

Sundance

David Fincher Knows Exactly Why We’re All So Obsessed With True Crime

David Fincher has made a career of delving into abnormal minds, with <i>Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i> and <i>Gone Girl</i>. But he …

Crime

Orpheus Reborn With Dancers, Drums And Electric Guitar

He's the ultimate singer-songwriter: His poetry knows no equal and, as a musician, his powers are magical. But he also has big problems.<p>The tragic story of Orpheus has inspired countless works of art over the millennia — plus one. The latest retelling comes from director and choreographer Mark …

Guitar

A Comprehensive Guide to the Dizzying World of Electric Guitar Pickups

It’s a no-brainer that the two most important elements of an electric guitar rig are the guitar and amp. But what is the third most important …

Guitar

13 Fiction Debuts And Breakthroughs That Live Up To The Hype

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p><b>The Power</b> by Naomi Alderman<p>"Very smart and very entertaining." All over the world, teenage girls develop the ability to send an electric charge from the tips of their fingers. Read full book review.<p><b>In The Distance</b> by Hernan Diaz<p>"Not …

Books

You're a Jerk If You Don't Love Libraries After Watching This Documentary

Frederick Wiseman's doc about the New York Public Library is nearly four hours long—and it's utterly essential.<p>There's perhaps no greater observer of institutions than Frederick Wiseman. Over his 50-year career of making documentaries, Wiseman has spotlighted the inner workings of everything from a …

Brown v. Board of Education

20 modern classic movies everyone needs to watch in their lifetime

1. “Donnie Darko” (2001)<p>Jake Gyllenhaal was just starting to get on everyone's radar when he scored one of his first lead roles, playing a troubled …

McDonald's

Hear the 10 Best Albums of the 1960s as Selected by Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, the writer who gave vivid, inimitable form to "gonzo journalism," honed his literary chops the hard way, using rigorous …

Hunter S. Thompson

9 of the best British films you've never seen

Fair warning: when I started this list I wasn't planning to fill it solely with dark and depressing films, but that's definitely what's ended up …

'Most Beautiful Island' and 'The Work' win top prizes at South by Southwest Film Festival

Even as it garners more headlines for screening star-studded premieres such as this year’s “Baby Driver,” “Atomic Blonde” and “The Disaster Artist,” the true soul of the<p>South by SouthwestFilm Festival still lives in the charmingly homespun and offbeat appeal of its awards presentation.<p>Few other …

SS-GB: a timely treatise on dealing with dictatorship

The BBC’s new alt-history drama imagines Britain under Nazi rule. The uncomfortably apposite question is: what would you do if a despot took hold?<p>Another week spent gaping in horror at the news, watching hatred win again? Never mind. Stick the telly on and escape into a plush new period drama about …

Buckingham Palace

The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville review – a dazzling scholarly fantasy

The Nazis control Paris in 1950 and the art world’s surrealist visions have come to life in this dreamlike vision of an alternative history<p>Imagine if surrealist artworks were coming to monstrous life and roaming the streets of occupied Paris during an alternative-history 1950 in which the second …

Books

Are We All Tuning Our Guitars Wrong?

14<p>SHARES<p>We’ve all suffered the frustrations of getting our guitars to play in tune along the length of the neck.<p>Sometimes it seems that even a guitar …

Oddball, the dog who saved a penguin colony and inspired a film, dies at 15

Oddball spent only two weeks on Middle Island guarding penguins, but her short trip led to a permanent maremma dog program<p>Oddball, the maremma that proved dogs could be used to protect a Victorian penguin colony and inspired a movie in the process, has died aged 15.<p>She spent only two weeks on …

Victoria (Australia)

His Dark Materials follow-ups announced by author Philip Pullman

<b>Author Philip Pullman has announced the publication of the long-awaited follow-up to his best-selling His Dark Materials series of novels.</b><p>The new trilogy is called The Book of Dust and the first novel will come out in October, 17 years after the last instalment.<p>He says the books are an "equel", …

Books

Neil Gaiman picks up Thor’s hammer in Norse Mythology

Marvel has brought a certain strain of Norse mythology to the mainstream through Thor, Loki, and Odin’s family drama. And in a way, the franchise …

Emily Fridlund's debut novel 'History of Wolves' is chilling, in a good way

Madeline Furston, first-person narrator of Emily Fridlund's debut novel, "History of Wolves," is hard to know. She's called Linda at her middle school, but also Commie or Freak. She's an only child, wears hand-me-downs from neighbors and lives in a cabin whose electricity comes from a generator, …

Regina Spektor's stunning cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

From the Kubo and the Two Strings soundtrack, this hauntingly gorgeous cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Regina Spektor who …

Guitar

24 Books Becoming Movies this Year

Be prepared. And smug.<p>If you're anything like us, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. This year, as usual, Hollywood is adapting a slew of books—fiction and nonfiction—into films. If you want to prepare yourself for these literary movies, look no further: We've compiled a …

Richard Gere and Penélope Cruz films among first picked for Berlin festival

Steve Coogan, Kristin Scott Thomas and Laura Linney also in the star lineup, alongside directors Sally Potter, Agnieszka Holland and Aki Kaurismaki<p>Richard Gere, Kristin Scott Thomas and Penélope Cruz will be heading for the Potsdamer Platz in February as the Berlin film festival announced its first …

Filmmaking

The world’s 10 most awesome giant Buddhas

Immense in both scale and beauty, these paeans to the Buddhist faith make quite the impression, whether you’re a believer or not<p>1: The Great Buddhas …

Asia Travel

The map-maker’s task may never be done

Three new atlases of strange, improbable places show that, even with GPS, islands have a weird habit of appearing and disappearing<p>In his Forward Prize-winning collection of 2014, <i>A Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion</i>, Kei Miller’s hero describes his craft thus: ‘My job is to imagine the …

Maps