Culture

Wildlife Experts Weigh in on Japan's Obsession With Smuggled Pet Otters

They make bad pets, anyway.<p>Look, we all know otters are cute as heck, with their big eyes and sharp little teeth. But just because an animal is cute</b> …

Animals

A Fascinating Brief History of the Coded Graphic Language Symbols That Made Up Hobo Graffiti

In a report for Vox, video producer Coleman Lowndes offers a brief but fascinating history of the early coded graphic language symbols, which have …

Offbeat News

13 Frightfully Good YA Horror Novels

This young adult horror anthology edited by the author of <i>Wink Poppy Midnight</i> and <i>Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea</i> brings together some of the …

Horror

It's High Time You Read The Big Sleep

With The Annotated Big Sleep out today, Megan Abbott and Jonathan Lethem tell GQ why Raymond Chandler's noir has never been more vital.<p>Today sees the release of fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s noir classic, <i>The Big Sleep</i>. The crime novel (and its Faulkner-penned, Humphrey …

Literature

Kurt Vonnegut Offers 8 Tips on How to Write Good Short Stories (and Amusingly Graphs the Shapes Those Stories Can Take)

You can't talk about American literature in the second half of the 20th century without talking about Kurt Vonnegut. And since so many well-known …

Literature

Eric Church Gets Busted By His Record Label In New Video For 'Desperate Man'

There's a scene in this just-released video for Eric Church's new song "Desperate Man," initially viewable only through Amazon, where some ostensible feds come busting in to search the family home of Church's small-time hustler character. Only, the block lettering on the backs of their dark blue …

Music

Sacha Baron Cohen's Fake Conspiracy Site Is Fully Post-Parody

Author: Emily Dreyfuss<p>12:50 pm<p>The first episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show <i>Who Is America?</i> hit Showtime over the weekend, and it makes for 30 …

Fake News

Incredibly Detailed Aztec Inspired Illustrations

Artist Jorge Garza aka QETZA creates absolutely amazing, stunningly detailed Aztec inspired illustrations that appear in sketches, comics, on …

Drawing

MGM Files Lawsuits Denying Liability Over Las Vegas Shooting

<b>Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET</b><p>The company that owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has asked federal courts to declare that it is not liable in the October 2017 mass shooting carried out by a gunman staying at Mandalay Bay.<p>Stephen Paddock stayed at the resort for several days before he …

Music

10 Things That Went Disastrously Wrong on Disneyland’s Opening Day

Disneyland is commonly known as the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but when the park opened on July 17, 1955, it didn’t live up to its now-ubiquitous …

Walt Disney Company

Classic Statues Doing Everyday Stuff

In his latest series <i>Monumental Nobodies</i>, Australian artist Matthew Quick paints images of famous sculptures, but adds a mischievous modern twist to …

Art

Archaeologists Find 14,500-Year-Old Bread

Archaeologists in Jordan's Black Desert found the burnt remains of bread, baked more than 14,000 years ago. It proves people were making bread far earlier than originally known.

Science

Sorry to Bother You and the New Black Surrealism

Like Get Out and Atlanta, Boots Riley’s gonzo satire realizes the best way to depict black people’s reality is to depart from it.<p>In Boots Riley’s …

Donald Glover

The History Behind the Graffiti of War

About 5,000 years ago, someone decided to paint a battle scene between archers in a cave in Spain — perhaps one of the first instances of what we’d call “war graffiti” today. That person was probably an early grunt who had just finished griping that the chow was bad and that he’d had to march too …

Long-form Journalism

Mission: Impossible — Fallout is the most entertaining blockbuster of the summer

This movie has it all: Tom Cruise doing insane stunts, a kernel of a conscience, and Henry Cavill’s moustache.<p>In an era of sloppy and forgettable action flicks on the one hand and overly serious “gritty” franchises on the other, the <i>Mission: Impossible</i> movies strike a pleasing balance between …

Movies

PSA: Please don't jump out of a moving car for the #InMyFeelings challenge

Move over Tide Pods: People are literally jumping out of cars for the #InMyFeelings challenge.<p>Back in June, superstar rapper Drake released his new …

New Albums

19th Century Women Artists Get Overdue Recognition—Will Their Market Follow?

In 19th century Paris, the cards were stacked against women making art, and certainly against making a living making art. An exhibition at the Clark …

Art

The New Yorker Recommends

What do you want to do?<p>A couple of months ago, I met a fiction writer I admire immensely, and we somehow got to talking about E. L. Konigsburg’s best—if not best-known—novel, “The View from Saturday.” Konigsburg’s 1996 book, which won the Newbery Medal, is a novel I find myself talking about oddly …

Books

Young Jean Lee’s Unsafe Spaces

<b>Y</b>oung Jean Lee’s play “Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven” begins with a recording of her being hit repeatedly in the face by a man while another directs. You hear a slap. Lee sniffles. Another slap. Lee sniffles.<p>“Long neck,” the director tells her. “Hair,” he says. “Beautiful.” She gets hit …

The Theatre

Prufrock: Elusive Lisbon, the Art of the Romanovs, and Umberto Eco’s Last Essays

<b>Tired of reading about Trump and Putin?</b> Grab a coffee, sit back and take a look at this Romanov art: “For many Romanov exiles—hounded, stripped of …

Conservative View

Law Graduate Crowned First Black Miss Universe Great Britain

Anguilla-born Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the 66-year history of the pageant, …

Great Britain

YouTuber’s Burnout Highlights the Worst Parts of the Attention Economy

It's create or be forgotten.<p>For many children and young adults, becoming a successful creator on YouTube or a top streamer on Twitch is a dream come …

Digital Culture

Hamburger Toppings

1 of 5<p>In which of the following films did Richard Gere play a character named Zack Mayo?<p>2 of 5<p>The song "Mean Mr. Mustard" segues into "Polythene Pam" …

FBI

The Surprising Fortunes of a Metro Expansion

With the help of 21st century bells and whistles, a team of archaeologists in Amsterdam may have created a model for the digital archive of the future.<p>Buried treasure is usually the stuff of adventure novels, not municipal infrastructure projects. But in Amsterdam, construction work has given …

Archaeology

World's oldest bread found at prehistoric dig-site in Jordan

Scientists and archaeologists may have only found blackened crumbs at a prehistoric dig site in Jordan, but they reveal the earliest known evidence of bread-making.<p>The scraps are believed to be about 14,400 years old — some 4,000 years before agriculture emerged, according to a study published in …

Archaeology

The Strange Magic Of YouTube's '80s Remix Culture

Whether you thought of the 2000s emo-punk boom as watershed moment or the nadir of modern music, there's one song from that era that's hard to forget. Fall Out Boy's first major hit, "Sugar, We're Goin Down," became an anthem for scrappy underdogs when it arrived in 2005, and its sound is still …

Music

An Inside Look at the Russian Imperial Family 100 Years After Their Brutal Execution

On July 17, 1918, the Romanov family, along with members of their staff, were executed. To mark the 100-year anniversary of their tragic deaths, the …

Culture

Work Is Job One

My children have all reached the age when it is possible for them to be paid to work. It’s the usual kind of jobs that kids do. After snowstorms, my …

Conservative View

My Brothers, My D&D Campaign, My Graphic Novel, and Me

Almost four years ago, Justin McElroy was about to become a father. He knew he’d need at least a few weeks of paternity leave from the comedy/advice …

Books

Spectacular "Ambient Walkman Symphony" and other tape-loop, circuit bent performances

Austin-based musician Randall Taylor, aka Amulets, creates gorgeous experimental music performances from modded Walkmans and old multitrack cassette …

Walkman