Coldplay will release its sixth album, Ghost Stories, next week, but you can listen to the full album online now. Judging from the first releases, the album seems like a mixed bag, from the iffy Bon Iver imitation “Midnight” to its considerably improved follow-up, “Magic.” Ghost Stories features production from Avicii and Timbaland as well as vocals from Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, Apple.
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.