America’s Spotty Broadband

A new video from Vox explains the issues with America’s broadband internet coverage. Interestingly, it suggests that the US Government follow a model similar to electrifying US communities, which could be a good idea. It touches upon private, corporate efforts to offer broadband, but doesn’t really get too much into the impact of what that […]

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Trailer Evokes Fantastic Mr. Fox

The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs has come out, and it is… well, very much a Wes Anderson flick about dogs. Don’t worry, I won’t talk about being a rabid Wes Anderson fan. I’m an enthusiastic Wes Anderson fan, and this film looks like it will be serving up a little bit of Fantastic Mr. […]

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What We Watch When We Watch the Watchmen

After an ambiguous Instagram post and hearing the phrase “being in talks,” it looks like HBO has ordered a Watchmen pilot from Damon Lindelof. HBO’s worked with Lindelof before on The Leftovers, which earned a 93 on Metacritic for this its most recent season. For those of you unfamiliar with Watchmen, the graphic novel portrays superheroes in a […]

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How to Live in a Van Down by the River (or Wherever Else You Might Feel Like)

If there ever was a phrase that inspired ambivalence, it’s “digital nomad.” Yes, it does evoke an image of a massive and greasy top-knot that a wizard cursed into being alive, compelling it to wear selvedge jeans and tell its peers at high school reunions that it’s a working as something that’s between a content […]

Samurai, Ghosts, and Kickstarter

Kickstarter has always treated me like a bad romantic partner who hurts me, but I keep coming back anyways. It seems like the best you can expect is well-intended but infeasible projects. Or, if you’re unlucky, you might find yourself hiring private investigators to investigate beef-based fraud (the best kind of fraud). At the very […]

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“Night Witches” Animated Short Documents WWII Bomber Regiment

The 2017 graduating class of Gobelins—the French school of visual arts—has released their films on YouTube and Vimeo just a few days ago. One that really caught my eye was Night Witches, which commemorates the Soviet 588th Night Bomber Regiment. The regiment’s modus operandi was to let the engines of their biplanes idle on the […]

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That New Old Kurt Vonnegut Story

Recently, Dan Wakefield and Jerome Klinkowitz stumbled across an until-now unpublished short story by Kurt Vonnegut, one of five the pair discovered while developing a comprehensive collection of his short stories. The other four will be published in Complete Stories—that comprehensive collection I mentioned—but The Drone King has been released for free through a variety […]

Vulfpeck to Release New Album, Mr. Finish Line

Vulfpeck will be releasing their third album, Mr. Finish Line, on November 7, 2017 (fourth, if you count the silent Sleepify album that exploited a royalty loophole on Spotify and helped to fund an admission-free tour). While the core group are native Michiganders, this upcoming album will feature a slew of musicians from all around. […]

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360 Video Illustrates Hosseini’s Sea Prayer on the Anniversary of Death at Sea

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, recently released a short story titled Sea Prayer on the 2nd anniversary of the death of Alan Kurdi in the Mediterranean. Kurdi was a three-year-old Syrian boy fleeing the country’s civil war, and his drowning on September 2nd transformed him into a symbol of the refugee crisis and the […]

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Burning Man 2017 Ends with Man Diving into Flames

Burning man 2017 has ended after a little over a week of “interactive rites, ritual processions, elaborate images, shrines, icons, temples, and visions.” The theme for this year was the “radical ritual.” Burning Man is an opportunity for artists, performers, and regular folks to participate in transcendental, higher dimensional orgies or just maybe observe one before […]

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