Or maybe sublime. I lean to the latter. This is R.E.M.’s final single, by the way: It’s from their greatest hits collection, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbarge: 1982-2011, which comes out November 15. The director is Dominic DeJoseph. Another version of the video features the poet and performance artist John Giorno—who’s no stranger to understated films: He starred in Andy Warhol’s 5-hour, 20-minute film Sleep.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.