B.B. King’s Greatest PerformanceThe three-song medley at the heart of his masterpiece may be the best 12 minutes of live musical performance ever recorded.
“Paying Attention and Paying Respect Is All That Writers Can Do”Why PEN is right to honor Charlie Hebdo.
What Was the Venus de Milo Doing With Her Arms?3-D printing allows us to test a provocative theory that she was busy spinning thread.
Where Did Kurtz Come From?A new theory on the origins of the legendary character from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Frontiers of the StuplimeSitting in on UPenn’s controversial seminar in “Wasting Time on the Internet.”
What Happened at Slate This Week?How Laura Bennett sustains “a great tradition of tiny, ridiculous arguments, vigorously defended.”
Daredevil Is the Best Superhero TV Series I’ve Ever SeenDark and gripping, smart and sure-footed—and no pretentious brooding or fanboy pandering.
OvercookedAction Bronson has all the ingredients of hip-hop greatness. Why does his major label debut taste funny?
UngratefulAs the long, strange trip nears its conclusion, two radio show hosts talk down disillusioned Deadheads.
“We Express Ourselves to Cure the World”PEN President Andrew Solomon on Charlie Hebdo and “the intersection of language and justice” around the world.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Dan Kois found the single rightest thing ever published at Slate Dot Com.
“Where Are the Police?”When cities spasm with violence for complicated reasons, that’s the only question CNN wants to ask.
Why Superheroes Don’t KillBatman’s murderous past, and why Daredevil agonizes over killing the Kingpin.
What’s the Yams?How the annotation site Genius awakened the hyperintellectual close reader slumbering within us all.
Biggest SelloutNow that Guinness World Records is in bed with publicity-seeking companies, can we trust it?
What We Were Watching: Guess WhoTen years ago this Bernie Mac comedy was No. 1 at the box office. Bernie Mac holds up! The social commentary does not.
David O. Russell’s Lost MovieRussell abandoned Accidental Love in 2010. You can finally watch it—and see the link between his career nadir and his current winning streak.
Which Bad Novel Is Perfect for You?Reading, and voting on, the books of Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program.