Back in November of 2011, we hailed Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols, who have collaborated on the somewhat under-sung films Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, as among the most promising actor-director pairings of the last several years. Shannon is also in the next Nichols movie, Mud, but for the lead, the director opted for someone else: Matthew McConaughey. Obviously, we approve. And we are very excited for this movie, which will get a limited release in April.
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.