Randy Newman’s SoulThe songwriter revisits the musical-theater career he might have had, for one night only, with Faust.
Rumble FishAn excerpt from the first e-book edition of S.E. Hinton’s classic YA novel.
The Radical Notion of Michael Jackson’s HumanityFive years after his death, we’ve done little to locate the man beneath the tabloid caricature.
Good Times Bad TimesModern rock didn’t start with Dylan or the Beatles. It started with Zeppelin.
Crying ShameWe don’t look down on movies designed to make us laugh—why do we look down on ones designed to make us cry?
The Tragedie of Scar, King of Pride RockThe Shakespearean grandeur of The Lion King’s villain.
You Live in Alabama. Here’s How You’re Going to Die.A look at the most common causes of death by state.
Oh! You Kid!How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever.
My Voyage With MimiHow a Mariah Carey skeptic finally fell for the elusive chanteuse.
Before You Accept Any Invitation …You must ask yourself this question.
Relatively Indolent but RelentlessMatt Freedman’s extraordinary graphic journal of his cancer treatment.
It’s Time to Abolish the Week
“Hang in There!” –Arthur SchopenhauerQuotation websites and the outsourcing of erudition.
Short Men, UniteShort men need to stop attacking other short men.
The Return of the KingA producer resurrects—and transforms—a Michael Jackson song for Xscape.
Shouldn’t Artists Benefit When Their Paintings Auction for Millions?A new bill giving American artists rights their European counterparts enjoy probably won’t pass. It should.
The Longest Movie Plot Summary on WikipediaDoes it belong to Ben-Hur? Star Wars? Inception? (Hint: You’re not even getting warm.)
The Freaks and Geeks Series BiblePaul Feig’s 1999 blueprint for the show.
Filmmakers in DisguiseWhat I learned about Hollywood by shooting a guerrilla documentary about the next Transformers movie.
D3N1ED PL8S995 vanity plates that were too risqué for the Utah DMV.
The Acoustics of EavesdroppingWhere not to have a private conversation.
The King of Pop in ExileMichael Jackson’s personal security guards describe his final days.
“At Times Like This”A poem for Maya Angelou, by Nikki Giovanni.
Game of Thrones Isn’t Just Great FunIt’s great, period. And it should change how we think about television.
Puff Puff BrassThe Colorado Symphony Orchestra staged a marijuana-friendly concert. It wasn’t easy.
As Easy As A-B-SchwaWhat sounds and letters are most likely to trip up contestants at the National Spelling Bee?
Macklemore and Masquerade“Jewface,” umbrage, and pop music’s original sin.
Ethiopians in Colorado, Cubans in KentuckyWhat are the biggest immigrant groups in your state?
“You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree”That’s what everyone says. Turns out everyone’s wrong.
Tagalog in California, Cherokee in ArkansasWhat language does your state speak?