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David Foster Wallace and Rap, Circa 1989

The mid-twenties are a fraught time for the well-educated American male. There beckons the possibility of retreat, toward the warm communal bath that was college; that this can’t be done hasn’t sunk in yet. In the late nineteen-eighties, David Foster Wallace found himself in a confusing situation …

The Nature of the Fun: David Foster Wallace on Why Writers Write

On the heels of the highly anticipated new David Foster Wallace biography comes <b>Both Flesh and Not: Essays</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a collection spanning twenty years of Wallace’s nonfiction writing on subjects as wide-ranging as math, Borges, democracy, the U.S. Open, and the entire spectrum of human …

Why Does Language Always Change?

As our language ceases to dominate cyberspace (our share of the Web has fallen to about 27%), we English speakers are hesitantly stepping out of our …

Language Learning

The Riddle of Consciousness

A few weeks ago, while staying with my in-laws, my four-month-old son woke up at two-thirty in the morning. He was hungry, and, knowing that he would not be coaxed back to sleep without a bottle, I brought him downstairs to the kitchen, where his crying stopped abruptly. He clearly recognized that …

Intense Short Film About Revenge - UNSAID

'The Young and Prodigious Spivet’ Trailer: 'Amelie' Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet Goes 3D – /Film

French director <b>Jean-Pierre Jeunet</b> has made an American film (<i>Alien: Resurrection</i>) but he hasn’t made one that actually takes place in the States. So</b> …

Heartbreaking Sci-Fi Short Film - EXPO

Free Science Fiction Classics Available on the Web (Updated)

A little over a year ago, we brought you a roundup of great Science Fiction & Fantasy classics available on the web. The free collection included …

Watch Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" Video: Death to Molly

Here's Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" video, featuring Kendrick alongside everyone from Juicy J to Schoolboy Q to Mike Epps. Kendrick attends an atypical funeral ceremony where the attendees are all dressed in white, before heading into a limousine where they pop bottles and party at …

'The Congress' Trailer: Is This Live-Action/Animated Hybrid the Wildest Sci-Fi of 2013? – /Film

We’ve been waiting for <i>The Congress</i>, the new film from <i>Waltz With Bashir</i> director <b>Ari Folman</b>, for what feels like a very long time. (In reality, only …

As I Lay Dying

You wouldn’t expect to hear “William Faulkner” and “Danny McBride” uttered in the same sentence, let alone to see the latter starring alongside Beth …

Mice, Men, and Fate

Almost fifteen years ago, in a book called “Chance, Development, and Aging,” the gerontologists Caleb Finch and Thomas Kirkwood described a truly elegant study of biology: a batch of roundworms, all genetically identical, raised on identical diets of agar. Despite having identical genetics and …

Listen: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Covers Lee Hazlewood's "The Railroad"

In 1963, country/pop singer/songwriter/producer Lee Hazlewood released <i>Trouble Is a Lonesome Town</i>-- a collection of acoustic songs centered on a fictional outlaw town that Hazlewood hoped would be recorded by other artists.<p>On July 9, a tribute titled <i>Thriftstore Masterpiece: Trouble Is a Lonesome …

Love and Art: The Secret to a Romantic Relationship That’s Also a Creative Collaboration

If you, like me, thought it wasn’t possible to admire the writer-illustrator battery of genius behind the recent gem <i>Lost Cat</i> any more, you’re about to be, like I was, promptly proven wrong. In a recent episode of her award-winning <i>Design Matters</i> radio show, interviewer extraordinaire and Renaissance …

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book

It’s no secret I have a massive soft spot for alphabet books. In 1963, prolific illustrator and author <b>Edward Gorey</b> (February 22, 1925–April 15, 2000) published an alphabet book so grimly antithetical to the very premise of the genre — making children feel comfortable and inspiring them to learn — …

Thatcher, 9/11, and Boston

In this week’s Comment, I note the obvious truth that Margaret Thatcher, whom one eulogist described as “a tough consensus builder who cared about everybody,” had nothing but contempt for consensus. Nor did she care about everybody. But, boy, was she ever tough.<p>In the current <i>New Republic</i>, Geoffrey …

The Cautionary Rhapsody of “Upstream Color”

Obviously, the thing to do this weekend is to see “Upstream Color,” Shane Carruth’s second feature, which opened Friday in New York at IFC Center (its national rollout begins April 12), nearly nine years after the release of Carruth’s first feature, “Primer” (which is available to stream on …

The Art of Observation and Why Genius Lies in the Selection of What Is Worth Observing

<i>“In the field of observation,”</i> legendary disease prevention pioneer <b>Louis Pasteur</b> famously proclaimed in 1854, <i>“chance favors only the prepared mind.”</i> <i>“Knowledge comes from noticing resemblances and recurrences in the events that happen around us,”</i> neuroscience godfather <b>Wilfred Trotter</b> asserted. That …

The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness

<i>“If I expect as little as possible, I won’t be hurt,”</i> Susan Sontag famously wrote in her diary. And yet we’re wired to expect a lot — and to expect great things. So argues neuroscientist <b>Tali Sharot</b> in <b>The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope</b> — a short, absorbing TED Book summarizing …

The True Science of Parallel Universes, Animated

Some of the greatest minds in science and the humanities have wondered — and attempted to answer — why the universe exists. That is, our universe, <i>the</i> universe, in the singular. But while it might be alluring to imagine what it would be like to live in a universe of ten dimensions, reality is at …

Why aren't video game actors treated like stars?

Voice actors anchor billion-dollar games but only get paid by the hour.<p>When Nathan Fillion says you're disposable, it tends to stick with you.<p>For voice actor Jen Taylor, that moment came when Fillion, star of <i>Firefly</i> and basically geek culture's handsome older brother, dropped by her hometown of …

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The Meaning of White

“You got the short end of the genetic stick,” she says, shaking her head.<p>It enrages me that this homely scale tipper is calling my beautiful baby a …

The myths of happiness

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Three books on how to attain it and what it means<p>Barry Schwartz<p>March 31, 2013 9:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books.<p>WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE YOUNG, my wife and I focused our child-rearing efforts on nurturing intellectual enthusiasm, self-discipline, …