Are You Better Off Kicking a Cat or Killing a Pedestrian in New York?

Here are two stories from today's New York Times about law-enforcement priorities and matters of public outrage in New York City. The first is a front-page news story, describing the prosecution of a 22-year-man in Brooklyn who violently kicked a cat and posted a video of the kicking to Facebook: » 9/30/14 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

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Derek Jeter Was OK

After tonight—or as of yesterday, depending on the rain—Derek Jeter will have played his final game in Yankee Stadium. It's as fine a time as any to note, for the record, that Derek Jeter was an OK ballplayer. He was pretty good at playing baseball, overall, and he did it for a pretty long time. » 9/25/14 12:35pm Thursday 12:35pm

This Has to Be the First Intentional #Normcore Magazine Cover

Bloomberg Businessweek's explanation of this cover is so aggressively content-free as to itself probably count as a performance of #normcore. But they are famously deliberate about their design decisions, and so the real explanation of this scare-quote "ugly" and scare-quote "amateurish" treatment must lie… » 9/18/14 12:54pm 9/18/14 12:54pm

Where Do You Go After Writing Your Ending? A Q&A With John Darnielle

On September 16, John Darnielle—best known as the singer/guitarist and essential constituent of the band the Mountain Goats—released his debut novel, Wolf in White Van. A day later, the National Book Foundation announced it had been nominated to the long list for the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. » 9/18/14 8:15am 9/18/14 8:15am