This is a video of President Nixon giving a speech he never made. The speech itself is real. It was prepared in advance of the 1969 moon landing should something go wrong. The MIT Center […]
The satirical illustrations of Daniel Garcia pretty much speak for themselves. No matter who you are, odds are there will be something here to offend.
Prior to WWII, the US had a marginal presence overseas. We now have over 800 military bases in 70 countries around the globe — more than any nation in history — including 174 in Germany, […]
People read passages from the Federalist papers in school, or an ancient treatise on Stoicism or whatever, and it informs their sense of how things were in the past, forgetting (or worse, never realizing) that […]
When authors and pundits want to highlight some incongruity in the world, they’ll often say we’re in the Matrix, referring of course to the 1999 film. But we’re not in the Matrix. We’re in its […]
The speculative artists and game designers on ArtStation and DeviantArt have been busy during the confinement documenting the crisis in fantastical images. I’m sure there’s more to come. Work by Mohammad Attaran, Beeple, TJ Foo, […]
By science writer Maggie Koerth, adapted from the litany against fear from the novel Dune: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my […]
Celebrities don’t exist. Not really. They are characters in a public drama, which is why, whenever someone meets them — or rather, the person of the same name who plays them — there’s always an […]
Optimism — one of Superman’s often-overlooked superpowers.