The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the best film ever made about the folk revival—and one of the best ever made about music, period.
Trench Coat, Unlit CigarThe genius of the Wise and Cranky Kaplan Twitter feeds. Plus: Their authors, revealed.
Did JFK’s Death Make Beatlemania Possible?The questionable connections between Camelot’s demise and Liverpool’s ascent.
Scaryoke!!!A new art exhibit in New York, curated by a Slate editor, explores the joy and terror of singing in public.
How Ben Cooper Changed Halloween ForeverThe man who turned the holiday into a pop culture phenomenon.
Can Brandy Clark Save Country Music?Her great new album—the year’s best—just might. And she has help.
Lou Reed’s Palm PilotThe late artist was a rock god and the epitome of New York cool. He was also a big nerd.
Thigh CourtHow a theater company turned a SCOTUS case about nude dancing into a rollicking new play.
Are Artists to Blame for Gentrification?Or would SoHo, Chelsea, and Williamsburg have gentrified without them?
Metallica: Through the NeverThe band’s new concert/adventure film really could have used more zombie policemen and perforated lasers.
Through a Glass DarklyBlack Mirror, the only show on TV that truly understands how we use technology.
A Textual Analysis of The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins’ favorite adjectives, adverbs, and ways of starting a sentence.
Here’s WaldoImpress your friends and humiliate your children using Slate’s foolproof strategy for finding the missing man.
Winning The Price Is RightSlate’s complete guide to better bidding through game theory—you don’t even need to know the prices.
Who Was the Girl With the Pearl Earring?One historian suggests she was actually the artist who painted a fifth of the works attributed to Vermeer—his daughter.
10 Novels to a Better YouWho really knows if reading will make you a better person? More to the point, why should it matter?
Laughing All the Way to the BanksyWhy Bloomberg’s New York needs Britain’s most famous street artist
Socializing While BlackYou loved my karaoke performance and think I’m amazing on the dance floor. I’m pretty sure I know why.
Let the Fire BurnA powerful new documentary about a confrontation between Philadelphia and black radicals that claimed an entire neighborhood.
The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.A gloriously funny exhibition. And no, it has nothing to do with our political system.