Sam Smith's is another vocal powerhouse from across the pond. Still relatively unknown to American audiences, Smith is in the process of making the initial laps of touring behind his debut, In the Lonely Hour, won't see an American release until June 3. He initially broke through in the UK as the gu ... More >>
Obama has nominated Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Hagel is a former Republican Senator, so you would expect Republicans to appreciate the gesture. Or you would if you lived in the earlier, simpler time before rightbloggers. In our current era, alas, nothing proposed by the Kenyan Pretender ... More >>
Prankish doc exposes the ol' heart of darkness
â€‹Mads Brugger is sort of the VICE magazine version of Sasha Baron Cohen, as financed by Lars Von Trier. His last film was The Red Chapel, an exercise in hidden camera comedy with unusual socio-political stakes, which I put on my Top 10 for 2010. In Chapel, Danish journalist Brugger posed as the di ... More >>
via Kim Jong-il's death has had a number of ripple effects, not least of which is the sudden obsolescence of the Kim Jong-il Looking at Things tumblr. Lucky for us, it's been replaced with a creepy new one: Kim Jong-il Haunting Things.
Nicolae Ceausescu, this is your life
With In Defense of Flogging, Peter Moskos ponders a return to the lash
The world is slightly less into killing people, according to Amnesty International -- or at least, less into killing people by way of official state execution. Approximately 527 people were executed last year around the world, which represents a decrease from the 714 executed the previous yea ... More >>
B.R. MyersIn the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>
What you need to sound like you understand fútbol
From L.A. to Bali, city workers film mayor touting himself at your expense
On Third Avenue. Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... More >>
The delusional tragic heroes of Mountain Goats songs are as doomed as ever
20 years later, our bandannad national treasure is still kicking ass and taking names
A former light unto the world, We, the People, have been darkened by this administration
Bush becomes commander in chief of Congress. The junior senator from New York objects.
A brutal, invasive blockbuster for the Age of Fear
President pushes oil, atoms in quixotic energy plan
Bush, Congress nix minimum wage hike, push tough bankruptcy bill
Bush, Congress quietly slash key grants for college
A Korean photojournalist gets a welcome shock: Hes freed from a Chinese prison
The U.S. Occupation turns malignant, like those cancerous prison cells
The season's globe-trotting films bring mankind closer together, or at least pretend to on-screen
The Defense Secretary on the 'Old' Europe: Who Needs It?
Let Us Count the Lies on the Road to War
Win or Lose, War on Iraq is Wrong
It's the Post-War Economy, Stupid!
NYC Peace Activists Vow to Face Down Bush's War
An Afternoon on the INS Line
From Brooklyn to L.A., Muslim Detainees Protest Mass Arrests
At the Paris Air Show With the New Merchants of Death
Right-Wing Congress Cuts Taxes, Cans Rules Protecting Workers
Women's World Cup '99: the latest stop on the U.S.'s road to glory