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.
My Secret Life as a Game Show ContestantEverything the Slate office asked me, Justin Peters, about my Millionaire appearance.
Storm a-Brewin’—Let’s Hit Trader Joe’s!Americans get way too excited about stocking up before a storm.
The Definition of a DictionaryMerriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like? (And do we even need one?)
The Rust Belt Theory of Low-Cost High CultureThe joys of taking advantage of once-grand cities’ still-grand cultural opportunities.
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.
What Does “Unabridged” Even Mean Anymore?And four other questions Lexicon Valley’s Mike Vuolo asked Stefan Fatsis about his piece on the remaking of the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Let Them Eat CakeHow a terrible Jennifer Aniston movie turned into this year’s Oscar Cinderella story.
Breathe Easily, White AmericaNetwork TV’s most popular Friday-night series, CBS’s Blue Bloods, perfectly caters to your perspective on the police.