“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.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Justin Peters takes a tour around the magazine to celebrate his 10 years at Slate.
So Brad Pitt Ate a Slice …How the pizza place Ellen ordered from at last year’s Oscars has parlayed its three minutes of fame.
I Can’t Believe I Used to Like That SongLike few movies before it, Boyhood captures the way we actually experience pop music.
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.
I, AudiophileI appreciate high-quality phono-cartridges. I recognize a good digital-to-analog converter. I care about the capacitors in my amplifier. I will not apologize for this.
All 60 Oscar-Nominated Films, RankedGuess how many Best Picture nominees are actually in the bottom 10!
Together With the KuklapolitansIn the middle of the past century, a gentle crew of puppets united the TV watchers of America.
Terrorism Without TerrorThe Oscar-nominated Timbuktu quietly changes the way movies treat dangerous extremism.