No, Brad Bird Isn’t a Disciple of Ayn RandThe key philosophical influence on the director of Tomorrowland and The Incredibles isn’t the Atlas Shrugged author. It’s Walt Disney.
What Coke Taught the WorldThe “It’s the Real Thing” ads were among the first to recognize the market potential of a multicultural America.
“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.
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?