The Enthusiast

Bill Simmons has set a new and unbeatable standard by writing like a fan—just far better.

Chinese Democracy



Let Us Now Trash Famous Authors

James Agee’s Depression classic still stings the family of its subjects.

Saints on Percocet

Drug-addicted healers are elevating hospital drama to metaphysical art.

The Men Who Made England

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is a service to the history it depicts, and puts the author in the very first rank of historical novelists.

Monster of Marriage

Henry de Montherlant’s work displays the charms of a black-hearted misogynist.

The Prince of Paramount

A Hollywood legend’s vivid and honest portrait of the studio era

Prison Porn

MSNBC’s Lockup documentary series, about life behind bars, is exploitative and debasing, and as poignant a show as can be found on TV.

The Boys from Brazil

Why American rodeos are taking on a Latin flair

Pac Rat

The fight to preserve old video games from bit rot, obsolescence, and cultural oblivion



Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead Archive, scheduled to open soon at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will be a mecca for academics of all stripes: from ethno­musicologists to philosophers, sociologists to historians. But the biggest beneficiaries may prove to be business scholars and management theorists, who are discovering that the Dead were visionary geniuses in the way they created “customer value,” promoted social networking, and did strategic business planning.

Man's Fate



A Brief Guide to Dead Scholarship

Joshua Green provides recommended reading for serious Dead students

Cover to Cover

Cultivating Failure

How school gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students

The Catastrophist

The haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard

What’s Your Problem?

Postmortem email, and other advice

The Clock is Ticking for Jack Bauer

Fox’s 24 is exquisite nonsense. But can its limerick logic survive in the post-Cheney era?

The Lost Empire


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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