The Silence of the Lambs made Hannibal Lecter a household name. This film came out in 1991—which means I have spent nearly a quarter century occasionally wondering if a fictional character would murder me. Not if he could, but if he would. Here’s how Hannibal became a permanent part of my brain.
It Follows is rightly credited as being one of the scariest horror movies in recent years. It’s also frequently described as a film about an STD that turns supernatural. And I completely disagree with that description.
Books, comics, movies, action figures—they all accumulate. And though we wanted them more than anything when we got them, getting rid of them is almost better than buying them in the first place. Here are the unexpected pleasures to be found while you thin out your collection.
In an excellent essay for, Pakistani author Usman Malik has a fantastic look at his home country, and how speculative fiction can help it regain some hope for the future .
Today's the day. Winamp is officially kicking the bucket. Well the day it was supposed to, but maybe not? Either way, the peppy little player that really whips the llama's ass has been fading into obscurity for years now, and on (probably) the day of its final demise, let's reflect. I am gonna miss the guy.
(This piece originally appeared on Nautilus.) About six years ago, I was putting a new roof on a 200-year-old house on an island in Maine when I got a call from Justin Timberlake’s cousin and assistant, a girl named Melissa. I put down my nail gun, told my boss I was taking five, and answered.
Sometime in April 2010, my father, Victor, a veteran who spent most of his life as an engineer, hanged himself in a garage in Blackwood, New Jersey. He and my mother, Marguerite, had a thing in the late 1970’s. That thing bore me.
As we're about to head into the film version of The Hunger Games' arena, Smart Pop's The Girl Who Was on Fire invites us to return to the original novels, with essays by 16 young adult authors, exploring the politics, romance, science, and identity issues surrounding Katniss Everdeen, her friends, and her foes.
LIFE Magazine, as it is wont to do, assembled yet another of its utterly interesting photo essays. The topic this time? The Secret Service. Updated.
The anniversary of Apollo's historic landing on the moon is coming up next month, and everyone from science historians to poets are reminiscing. Writer Matthew Battles has a fascinating essay about how space travel prepares us to be cyborgs.