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The Marked Ones is a Paranormal Activity movie in name only

Like <i>The Blair Witch Project</i>, that most influential (and effective) of found-footage fright flicks, the <i>Paranormal Activity</i> films tend to sharply …

I Bought a House With Money I Made From Airbnb

I spoke to “Jackson White” (nee Anonymous) a year ago about his experience renting out his San Francisco apartment on Airbnb. He was charging …

New York v. London

“There’s more a sense of a fun intellectual community in New York. Here [in London] it is not. This is a city supported and made by the banks. And …

Jonathan Franzen And Clay Shirky Fight Over Their Girlfriend, The Internet

<i>by John McDermott</i><p>The event wasn’t supposed to be some run of the mill afternoon of discourse. It was anticipated like an Ali-Frazier bout of verbal …

Fake Pappardelle In Brodo

Here is my end of summer/transition into fall recipe for you. It’s good for a random household weekend dinner, and it’s good for end of summer when …

Fall Music Preview: 21 Albums to Watch

From M.I.A. to N.I.N., 2013 wraps up with some big names.<p>Fall is always a hotbed of the year's biggest releases, but after a handful of long-awaited comebacks (Justin Timberlake, My Bloody Valentine), dueling records from rap's titans (Kanye West and Jay Z), and standout efforts from Vampire …

New Netflix Instant Movies — September 2013

September is here and fall has arrived, but even with the nice weather there's nothing like curling up on the couch with a movie or five. Netflix has …

New Biography Claims More Salinger Books Due Out

A book by David Shields and Shane Salerno says previously unpublished material will be released; a documentary distributed by the Weinstein Co. is …

'Breaking Bad' Quotes: 20 Most Badass | Hollywood Reporter

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Real Racism: What Aaryn Gries Reveals about Reality TV

Aaryn Gries is a racist.<p>If you’ve watched CBS this summer, this isn’t new information about the twenty-two-year old <i>Big Brother</i> contestant. From …

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka | Salon.com

<b>Pokhlebkin reconsidered</b><p>“His name was magical. Legendary,” claimed an article in the newspaper Vechernyaya Moskva (Evening Moscow) on the third anniversary of Pokhlebkin’s death. “Many believed it to be a pseudonym for an entire research institute, since one man could not know so much.” Moreover, …

John Gallagher Jr. On 'Newsroom' Dialogue And Staging Green Day

In HBO's <i>The Newsroom,</i> John Gallagher Jr. plays Jim Harper, the senior producer of the nightly cable news program anchored by Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). The show's second season, which began in July, takes place in 2012 during the presidential primaries. Ever since the start of the series, …

With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive

The novel I've been recommending this summer to anyone, female or male, who's looking for the trifecta — a good story that's beautifully written and both hilarious and humane — is <i>Seating Arrangements</i>, Maggie Shipstead's debut novel from last summer. I was about to go all old-school and excitedly …

A 'Curb'-Like Comedy And The Return Of 'Breaking Bad'

This weekend, the AMC cable network begins showing the final episodes of its acclaimed drama series <i>Breaking Bad,</i> and launches a new one: <i>Low Winter Sun.</i> Meanwhile, HBO presents its newest made-for-TV movie — this one a comedy, starring and co-written by Larry David.<p><i>Breaking Bad,</i> Vince Gilligan's …

Yo La Tengo, "Is That Enough"

I find that with increasing frequency I all too quickly become That Guy who bitches about going to see a movie with subtitles because “if I wanna …

Watch Free Movies That Are Actually Good

<i>by Awl Sponsors</i><p>SnagFilms specializes in indie gems and renowned documentaries. You know, the types of movies you’ve always wanted to watch and …

‘Please Like Me’ Is the Best New TV Comedy You’ve Never Heard Of

<b>All six episodes of the first season of Please Like Me premiered last Thursday on Pivot, a cable network that launched on that very same day.</b> …

No Country For Old Miley: Cormac McCarthy Describes the Video for “We Can’t Stop”

<i>by Celeste Ballard</i><p>This is the west. The west of the San Fernando Valley. This is Encino, an old Chumash word roughly translated to “she’s just being …

Clear History 

<i>Clear History</i> <b>debuts tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern.</b><p>Larry David made the right choice. After struggling to make a name for himself as a stand-up …

40 Awesome Tributes to Breaking Bad

<i>Breaking Bad</i> might not be a comedy, but we think these fan tributes are pretty funny.<p>"BREAKING BADMAN: Heisenberg & Pinkman" by Brian Lipko<p><b>Left:</b> …

16 Scenes You Won't Believe Are Chalk Drawings

Julian Beever is an English artist who specializes in creating <i>trompe-l'œil</i> chalk drawings. He uses a projection technique called anamorphosis to …

Review: Google Chromecast

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”-Sir Arthur C. Clarke<p>It’s probably the most overused quote in tech writing… which sucks, because I’d really like to use it to describe how I feel about the Chromecast.<p>The Chromecast is deceptively simple: you plug it into your …