Culture

Stephen Colbert Rips Roy Moore for Voting in the ‘Creepiest Way Possible’

The ‘Late Show’ host went in on the Republican Senate candidate for his voting approach: cosplaying on horseback.<p>“It’s also a <i>huge</i> day in Alabama: …

Stephen Colbert

The top 10 video games of 2017

Mario ran amok in New Donk City, a cat dropped out of college, and Angel Carter haunted What Remains of Edith Finch. But it was the mighty Zelda who took video gaming – and cooking – to a new dimension<p><b>1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, Switch/Wii U)</b><p>In a lot of ways Breath of the …

Gaming

Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore In The Alabama Senate Race

It seemed as if it was just too much to hope for. But after the unexpected victories in the recent election in Virginia, who could blame you if you thought that it was possible, just <i>possible</i> that the people of Alabama would reject a purported child molester, a candidate who is sentimental about …

Steve Bannon

Errol Morris’ ‘Wormwood’ Is a Genre-Bending True Crime Masterpiece

Released both as a six-part Netflix series and 241-minute theatrical film, the latest from the iconic docu filmmaker explores the mysterious death of …

Documentaries

Death of a Porn Star

When August Ames killed herself following controversy on Twitter, it revealed a schism between the gay and straight communities in the porn …

LGBTQ

Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

For a chaotic year, I'm offering a chaotic "Best Books" list — but I think my list is chaotic in a good sense. These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived.<p>You can't go wrong with any of these books. As one of Dashiell Hammett's dangerous …

Books

My Ten Best Albums of 2017

I would like to say—without irony, and perhaps at the risk of sounding as if I’m drafting a suicide note—that it has been a true and remarkable pleasure to write about music and culture for <i>The New Yorker</i> in 2017, and especially to share that work with a readership so intelligent and game. The job …

Music

What Ever Did Trump Mean When He Tweeted That Kirsten Gillibrand "Would Do Anything" for Campaign Donations?

Today President Trump woke up, fired up Twitter, probably cracked open his third Diet Coke, and—as one does— sexually harassed the Senate's chief sexual harassment champion, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Alas, we're sorry to report that this is, indeed, real life.<p>The president's hostile tweet …

Kirsten Gillibrand

Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user …

Motorola

The Future of Blues Is in Good Hands: Watch 12-Year-Old Toby Lee Trade Riffs with Chicago Blues Guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks

Earlier this year, we highlighted some footage from 1989, showing then 12-year-old Joe Bonamassa wowing crowds and announcing his arrival on the …

Guitar

Picky Eating: Is It Nature or Nurture?

Laurel Elis’ 2-year-old son has a short list of foods he’ll eat: buttered noodles, pickles and bananas — but only if the bananas are peeled just so. …

Parenting

Rob Scallon Plays a Brilliantly Dissonant Guitar Solo Using Only Tritone Chords aka the Devil’s Interval

In answer to a listener request, the very talented multi-instrumentalist Rob Scallon composed a brilliantly dissonant guitar solo employing only …

Guitar

The Strange Viral Saga of Keaton Jones: Feel-Good Story or Cautionary Tale?

The arc of the social media-verse is long, and it bends toward absurdity.<p>This incomprehensibly cruel year only could have ended with Keaton …

Viral

Wishlist: A Tiny Museum for Your Mantle

Tiny space gems, flecks of viking axes, and bits of a space station can all be yours.<p>A piece of one of Steve Jobs’s turtlenecks, some dinosaur tooth, …

Atlas Obscura

Madam C.J. Walker, the First Self-Made Female Millionaire in the U.S.

Like many fortunes, Madam C.J. Walker’s started with a dream. As she later explained to a newspaper reporter, Walker was earning barely a dollar a …

William Shakespeare

Stream 74 Sun Ra Albums Free Online: Decades of “Space Jazz” and Other Forms of Intergalactic, Afrofuturistic Musical Creativity

He was born Herman Poole Blount, but the many who appreciate his music and the otherworldly philosophy behind it know him only as Sun Ra. Or rather, …

Jazz

5 European stars who truly hate Christmas

Some of them contributed to the romantic spirit of the Christmas season, like Hugh Grant in "Love Actually." But that doesn't mean the actor enjoys …

World News

Then-and-now photos of London’s “Visible Girls” show the tenacity of female friendship

The reemergence of Anita Corbin’s bathroom portraits<p>London in the early ’80s was a hotbed of subcultures. New music spurred new fashion, new …

History

Egyptian Singer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison Over Music Video in Which She Suggestively Eats Fruit

21-year-old Egyptian pop singer Shaimaa Ahmed, who goes professionally by “Shyma,” was reportedly found guilty on Tuesday of “inciting debauchery” …

Egypt

Every Year This University Employee Rakes Leaves Into Stunning Works Of Art And Leaves It For Students To Find

"[My art] is about taking something that's already beautiful and making something unique—something you don't just pass by," Hedrick told Sactown …

Text-Based: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy for Gamers

A Novel<p>Why not start with an obvious choice? <i>Ready Player One</i> is fiction built for gamers. The story takes place in a near-future dystopia where the …

Books

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on movie theaters and this director says it's about time

For the last 35 years, movie theaters have been banned in Saudi Arabia. That changed on Monday when Saudi Arabia announced it would allow cinemas to open as early as March.<p>It's the latest gesture towards modernization by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also behind measures to permit women …

Saudi Arabia

10 Wise Quotes from Authors With December Birthdays - Signature Reads

There must be something about the optimism of early Spring that inspires a lot of babies to be born in December. While a winter birthday isn’t always a treat (just ask anyone who’s grown up receiving dual-purpose Christmas presents), the following authors have given back to the world in the form of …

Literature

The Forgotten African War of Independence

The young rebels lay in wait, hidden in a trench by the road through the bush in Azu-mmili, near Port Harcourt. Their leader was Sylvester Egbunna, …

History

Can middle-class support ease Medicaid's stigma? - Futurity

While many government safety-net programs face stigma, ideas about Medicaid may be changing, even transcending partisan politics.

Medicaid

How a Victim’s Last Meal Can Identify a Killer

To solve crimes, two botanists identify half-digested potatoes, tomatoes, and lettuce under a microscope.<p>It was 10 p.m. when the two men held up a …

Crime

The pop stars who cry “fake news!”

A new sickness emerges from the music news industrial complex.<p>Given Donald Trump’s fake news-abetted presidential swindle, it was unsurprising that …

Father John Misty

Brian Eno Presents a Crash Course on How the Recording Studio Radically Changed Music: Hear His Influential Lecture “The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool” (1979)

The rapid development of studio technology in the 1960s could seem like something of an avalanche, started, say, by Phil Spector, expanded by Brian …

Brian Eno

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Big Daddy

The 1999 film <i>Big Daddy</i> stars Adam Sandler as a man learning how to be a father figure to a 5-year-old boy. It was his first truly adult movie role …

Movies

10 reasons to visit England

Rocky coasts, castles, green hills and charming pubs - all that is England. It is the largest part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great …

Travel