The Easiest Thing to ForgetWhy we judge other people for being uncool.
Rethinking Spring CleaningStart with the closets.
Empty SuitsOrphan Black’s straight male characters are completely flat. That’s not an accident.
Draft DayWhy did the NFL—America’s most obsessively image-conscious sports league—allow this catastrophe to happen?
Don Draper 101My college course on Mad Men taught my students to be smarter TV watchers. It can teach you, too.
Letterman Revolutionized Late Night. Ellen’s the Perfect Replacement to Revolutionize It Again.
The Humor CodeEntry 8: Who invented stand-up?
“Bad Romance,” Great TritoneExplaining the genius of Lady Gaga—using music theory.
The Humor CodeEntry 6: Can comedy bring about real political change?
Ecstatic Melodic CopulationExplaining the genius of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”—using music theory.
The Hardest Puzzles in Wheel of Fortune HistoryWhere does NEW BABY BUGGY rank? Plus: Try your hand at the toughest solves ever.
The Humor CodeEntry 3: Why do humans laugh? (Hint: It’s rarely because something’s funny.)
The Humor CodeEntry 2: When is a joke too soon? A scientific inquiry.
Everyone Knows Where They BelongThe Choosing Ceremony, the Sorting Hat, the Reaping: YA and the quest to know who you are.
Santeria and Voodoo All Mashed TogetherIf you want to understand True Detective, you need to understand Louisiana.
Rethinking Spring CleaningSentimentality is the enemy of cleanliness.
Rethinking Spring CleaningIt’s an antiquated ritual—but we need it now more than ever.
The Lathe of HeavenAn excerpt from the first e-book edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic.
Visit Marian Anderson's Fur Coat Today, Its 75th BirthdayOn April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson was forced by segregation to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. She showed up in the coolest fur coat ever.
The Humor CodeEntry 10: No, men are not funnier than women.
The Humor CodeEntry 9: Are comedians really depressed?
The Humor CodeEntry 7: Who owns a joke? And can a comedian sue if someone steals his material?
Rhyme and PunishmentProsecutors are using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. That needs to stop.
Taco Bell Gave Me a CellphoneThen I started getting urgent calls from ConEd and the Bronx Criminal Court.
The Humor CodeEntry 5: Every culture has a Polish joke—but only Americans make fun of lawyers.
The Humor CodeEntry 4: Do animals have a sense of humor?
Skin Tight Jeans and SyncopationExplaining the genius of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”—using music theory.
The Humor CodeEntry 1: What, exactly, makes something funny? A bold new attempt at a unified theory of comedy.
Dark, Not MurkyEverything True Detective did, Red Riding did better, and did first.
L.A. KingsSchoolboy Q, the latest West Coast MC to make a powerful claim to the hip-hop throne.