Reading a Book by its Cover

A fashion guide inspired by ruined literary hero(in)es.

What it Sounds Like After You’ve Gone Soaring

There’s a new trend in pop music: a sibilant, machine-like, static white-noise. Since these things are supposed have names, let’s call it “the fizz.”

Pussy Riot in Translation

A look back at the beginning of l’affaire Pussy Riot in the wake of their sentencing.

Manufacturing Memories

The document shapes our memory, and our knowledge of the potential for documentation shapes our present and future. I make my Facebook profile? My Facebook profile makes me? Things are getting messy.

What Your Man REALLY Means

When he asks “Where are you going?” he really means “Why haven’t you bought me a gun yet?”

Mitt Romney Nut Taps Across Europe

A series of nut-tap gaffes by presidential candidate Mitt Romney has resulted in a diplomatic imbroglio.

A Memorial in Washington

That Washington is a city riven by stark divisions — of class, of race, of opportunity — is a fact sadly beyond dispute. Yet the recent AIDS conference did draw attention to one of the city’s most troubling fault lines — the deadly geography of HIV/AIDS.

Walter White Is Not a Monster. You Are.

Walter White is a creepy husband in a Lifetime movie, and your continued adoration of him makes me think twice about sharing my personal information with you.

Dear Chris Marker

What I’m writing now is meant as nothing more than a love letter to a filmmaker who I never sought out, but who has emerged at unexpected moments, and whose films have woven themselves into my life in ways I could never have predicted.

Anatomy of a Hit Cycle: Country Music Edition

For months now I’ve been tuning in to WGAR 99.5, Cleveland’s Hit Country Music Station, and recently I did a little experiment: I turned on the radio and decided to listen until one song, any song, was repeated.