Literature

Film
Film

The Author Behind ‘Arrival’, the Sci-Fi Movie of the Year

Ted Chiang is about to invade your mind.
Matthew Giles
11.11.16
history
history

Scientists Use the Stars to Date a 2500-Year-Old Poem

Software and poetry combine to reproduce the sky as thousands of years ago.
Steve Huff
5.15.16
Sex
Sex

Email Is a ‘Safe Space’ Where Women Can Write Dangerously

Charlotte Shane's 'Prostitute Laundry' shows how email is still a thriving format for women writers in the age of social media.
Roisin Kiberd
3.4.16
All in Your Head
All in Your Head

‘I Loved the 90s’: R.L. Stine Reflects on ‘Goosebumps’ Past and Present

We talked to the Goosebumps author about technology, the future, and what really scares him.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.28.15
Motherboard
Motherboard

This Math Shows How Long It'd Take Vampires to Run Out of Human Blood to Drink

A surprisingly large number of academic studies—as in, more than one—have applied mathematical modeling to the concept of human-vampire co-existence.
Ella Morton
10.27.15
News
News

The Disposable Internet

Watch an author livestream himself writing a novel, then forget about it forever.
Jason Koebler
10.16.15
Culture
Culture

Academics Developed a Formula to Solve Agatha Christie’s Mysteries

Now you can figure out whodunnit before the protagonist does.
Rachel Pick
8.26.15
Culture
Culture

Amazon's About to Change How Budding Authors Write

Dickens acolytes can rejoice.
Ben Richmond
6.22.15
Internet
Internet

There Is The Dress and Only The Dress

Guy Debord ruins a perfectly nice if ubiquitous meme.
Ben Richmond
2.27.15
Art
Art

​The Poem That Passed the Turing Test

They should have sent a computer.
Brian Merchant
2.5.15
Culture
Culture

There Are Only Six Basic Book Plots, According to Computers

An English professor crunched through 50,000 books to distill the six (sometimes seven) essential plot arcs.
Ben Richmond
2.3.15
Culture
Culture

Carnegie Mellon's New Class Challenges Students to Invent New Porn Genres

I failed to find an exception to Rule 34.
Ben Richmond
1.29.15