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 Thursday 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 Thursday 8:15am

I have never seen this. But I have seen a tomato whose seeds germinated inside it and sent little tentacular tomato sprouts thrusting up against the skin from the inside, where they made pimply bumps that broke under inspection, letting the pale sprout tips burst through. It was all very clean and natural, pure plant… » 9/08/14 9:31pm 9/08/14 9:31pm

Is Glenn Greenwald Still "Red-Hot"? The Politico Investigates

Politico Magazine is a magazine edition of The Politico—America's worst publication—whose mission is "to pull back from the flood to understand what it's all about." The flood, in that metaphor, is supposed to be the tremendous churning hourly volume of vacuous meta- and meta-meta-political Narrative and Controversy… » 9/04/14 6:00pm 9/04/14 6:00pm