A Very Special SnowflakeTalking to Errol Morris about Donald Rumsfeld, who’s as maddeningly opaque as ever in The Unknown Known.
The Culture Gabfest “Are You There God? It’s Me, Hollywood” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Noah, Doll & Em, and the end of Television Without Pity.
Why Teens Love DystopiasBrutal, highly factionalized worlds governed by remote authoritarian entities? That’s basically high school.
The Culture Gabfest “All Aboard the Model Train” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson, and the trials of bitcoin.
The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki’s final film has the sweep of a David Lean epic and the dreamlike quality of late Kurosawa.
The Culture Gabfest “Travoltified” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the Academy Awards, American fraternities, and the “normcore” aesthetic.
The Lady in Number 6This documentary short about the oldest Holocaust survivor is 38 minutes of pure joy.
I Can’t “Let It Go”My daughter loves Frozen, but that weird come-hither makeover in its show-stopping ballad leaves me very cold.
The Culture Gabfest “Piece of Resistance” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Lego Movie, how the Sochi games affect U.S. views of Russia, and historical photos on Twitter.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
Are the Attacks in Canada a Sign of ISIS on the Rise in the West?
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
Is It Offensive When Kids Use Bad Words for Good Causes?
Fascinating Maps Based on Reddit, Craigslist, and OkCupid Data
The Real Secret of Serial
What reporter Sarah Koenig actually believes.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
This Smart Suitcase Aims to Ease Travel Headaches With a Built-In Phone Charger and Bag Tracking App
Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.