It was just over twenty years ago that the physicist Alan Sokal pulled off his famous hoax—writing a mock paper on how the physical universe is just a social construct and sending it to Social Text, a hipster academic journal. Social Text, of course, published the absurd thing.
Nicholas Carr’s newest anti-Internet book, after his Pulitzer Prize finalist The Shallows, is a contradiction in terms.
A Maryland teenager will face criminal charges in connection to a hate crime hoax after threatening black students at her school.
President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will have some added star power after the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday several new big names who will perform next week on the eve of the event.
Over the summer I attended a concert by a mediocre 90s band and was asked by its lead singer whether I believed in science. At the time, I did.
But then I lived through the NFL’s wild card weekend and witnessed the clearest evidence to date indicating that we are living in a post-science era of world history.
At its best, Patriots Day is extremely effective filmmaking: tense and nerve-wracking, Peter Berg’s latest features a pair of high-intensity action sequences that replicate chaos and confusion without leaving the audience unnecessarily or cheaply disoriented.
President Obama’s dog is using her final days in the White House to continue to terrorize, mauling a teenage girl in the face and leaving the victim permanently scarred.
Actors who want to direct! The NFL playoffs! Drama at the Golden Globes! All this and (a very little bit!) more in this week’s Substandard! Leave a review here! Subscribe in iTunes or Google Play or other podcast thingies! Do one of those and I promise not to use any exclamation points next week!
Slate has discovered that one of its suggested coping mechanisms for living in Donald Trump’s America may in fact have contributed to the rise of racism and xenophobia. The culprit? Colorful socks.
A community in Switzerland recently turned down a vegan’s request for Swiss citizenship because she “annoys” local residents and does not respect their traditions.