Tony Zhou, whose videos about Edgar Wright and Martin Scorsese we previously highlighted on Brow Beat, has a new one about Michael Bay. In it, Zhou explains why Bay loves lampposts, what he owes to West Side Story, and, more generally, what distinguishes Bay’s visual style. Love Bay’s movies or—let me guess—hate them, it’s an illuminating look at “Bayhem.”
(Via Laughing Squid.)
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.