Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

By now, the person I created in New York was the only one I wanted to be." It is the naked totality, the intense desire for personal truth, that makes Black Leopard, Red Wolf such a worthy read.

The New Toy Story 4 Trailer Will Delight You

The New Toy Story 4 Trailer Will Delight You

Today: Toy Story 4 gets a Big Game spot, Captain Marvel drops a new teaser, and Goop goes to Netflix. Captain Marvel Heads to the Big Game Toy Story 4 wasn’t the only property to drop a Super Bowl teaser.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.

The ‘Complete’ Cancer Cure Story Is Both Bogus and Tragic

The ‘Complete’ Cancer Cure Story Is Both Bogus and Tragic

What’s Happening On Monday, The Jerusalem Post , a centrist Israeli newspaper, published an online story profiling a small company called Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies that has been working on a potential anti-cancer drug cocktail since 2000.

By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

After the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of violating Facebook’s rules by harvesting and retaining data on tens of millions of users without their knowledge, Facebook banned nearly every app the company had ever touched, including some unaffiliated research apps that were associated with the University of Cambridge.

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

Former SCL contractor Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica last March, telling *The Guardian* and *The New York Times* that the company misappropriated the data of tens of millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election in the US.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

A gloved technician gently placed those light enough to carry against white and black velvet backdrops for Richards to shoot with his Canon 1DS Mark II, using simple overhead fluorescent lighting for illumination.

The 25 Movies We Already Can’t Wait to See in 2019

The 25 Movies We Already Can’t Wait to See in 2019

The 25 Movies We Already Can’t Wait to See in 2019 By the time X-Men showdown Dark Phoenix comes out in June, theaters will have shown a glut of genre fare that ranges from manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel to Jordan Peele's horror flick Us. It's gonna be a fun year.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018Casey Chin; Getty ImagesThis year thankfully avoided any world-breaking ransomware attacks like NotPetya. In many cases, the most dangerous people online are also the most dangerous in the real world.

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

Some weeks later, in a story meeting, an idea popped up that Brooker and Jones realized would only work if it was interactive: a videogame designer in the 1980s, trying to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel (which, you may remember , was the style at the time ).

The Year of the Scammer: It’s Not Just Con Artists Anymore

The Year of the Scammer: It’s Not Just Con Artists Anymore

This year, looking at the work of creatives like Glover and Murphy, reading stories like Preston’s, I realized that sometimes a scam isn’t just the only option, but the best one.

The 12 Greatest TV Moments From the Endless 2018 Stream

The 12 Greatest TV Moments From the Endless 2018 Stream

After nearly a year struggling to keep her family together—amid Papi's drug dealing, Damon and Ricky's relationship, and Angel's affair with a married Trump employee—Blanca brings everyone home and defeats her rivals in the House of Abundance in the season's final ball.

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

[ Amazon ] —Robbie Gonzales Knopf John Carreyrou, Bad Blood The astonishing thing about Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who raised $1.4 billion to start the blood-testing company Theranos, was how badly the people in her orbit wanted to believe her story.

Best 2018 Movies: A Star Is Born to Fill the Star Wars Void

Best 2018 Movies: A Star Is Born to Fill the Star Wars Void

Creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby may have brought the story of Black Panther to life half a century ago, but Coogler's film elevated the hero into a new pantheon, shattering box office records and becoming a cultural phenomenon for all time.

The 13 Best Movies You Didn't See in 2018

The 13 Best Movies You Didn't See in 2018

(Star Tilda Swinton, who actually plays a few roles in the film, went so far as to refer to it as a cover version of Argento's original.) Beautifully shot, with an appropriately haunting performance by Dakota Johnson, this Suspiria goes beyond the tale of a witch-run dance school by digging its nails into the many ways the past will forever haunt us.

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

But New Knowledge’s report, released Monday, shows a much more sustained and purposeful focus on black Americans—as the IRA went about instigating mistrust in law enforcement and political institutions, while cultivating seemingly authentic narratives of black pride.The report details how black Americans were among the most exploited online communities by the IRA, cataloging how the Russian firm developed an “expansive cross-platform media mirage” that specifically targeted black people by leveraging popular social media sites.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to ItselfThe latest in the fighting-game franchise is Nintendo doing what Nintendo does best—but at times its deference to history threatens to overwhelm it.NintendoThe greatest thing about the Super Smash Bros.

Stan Lee Unleashed the Heroic Power of the Outcast

Stan Lee Unleashed the Heroic Power of the Outcast

Lee didn’t invent the comic book superhero; that’s usually credited to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, a couple of Jewish kids from Cleveland who alchemized religious imagery, science fiction, and urban crime-busting into a hero who, rocketed to Earth as an infant, gained powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men to fight a never-ending battle for truth and justice.That was Superman, of course, who came first in 1938.

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

I love the trend in nature writing to explore areas outside the usual wilderness areas and national parks: the urban wilds, the forgotten and overlooked spots. The wildlife, plants, land and water of coastal Carolina play central roles, and the natural history information is integrated in a way that makes a much richer story.

The Good Place’s Janet Is the Most Optimistic AI on Television

The Good Place’s Janet Is the Most Optimistic AI on Television

The Good Place’s Janet Is the Most Optimistic AI on TVOver it’s three-season run, The Good Place has received near-universal acclaim for somehow making moral philosophy funny and upbeat, but one of the most powerful things about the show is its visionary depiction of Janet, an otherworldly virtual assistant.NBCScience fiction is where artificial intelligence goes to suffer.

The Best (Free) Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of

The Best (Free) Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of

The Best (Free) Streaming Service You've Never Heard OfDirector Josephine Decker’s experimental drama Madeline’s Madeline is one of many films available on Kanopy.Oscilloscope PicturesWhen the classic-movie streaming service FilmStruck shuttered last month, it caused a palpable panic among cineastes.

Close Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans Meet

Close Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans Meet

"This is their Super Bowl."Petry met several convention-goers who had taken vacations to sites with supposed extraterrestrial connections: "One couple had just got back from Mexico to visit the pyramids, which are believed to be landmarks created by aliens.

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

Area schools are handing out Chromebooks, doctors are exploring tele­medicine, and people no longer need to hoof it to a library for faster connections.In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

And they appealed to people who felt the same, even before Lee and the other Marvel creators published the first African American heroes, the first Asian-American heroes, and strong, leading-character women in numbers large enough to populate a dozen summer crossovers.As Marvel Comics grew in popularity and sophistication through the 1960s, Lee realized that his stories never had to end.

How the 'Betrayal Legacy' Board Game Tells a Story Over Time

How the 'Betrayal Legacy' Board Game Tells a Story Over Time

When Avalon Hill approached Daviau with the idea to build a legacy game for Betrayal in December 2016, it seemed like an opportunity to tell a longer, richer story about one of his most popular games.Designing the mechanics of a “living” game is a balancing act.

My Father Says He’s a ‘Targeted Individual.’ Maybe We All Are

My Father Says He’s a ‘Targeted Individual.’ Maybe We All Are

He cited patents, research, and the central role of something he called MKUltra, a real CIA mind-control program that ran from 1953 to 1973 that targeted drug addicts, prisoners, and other vulnerable people.I didn’t know anything about the pile of facts he’d just left at my feet—his far-fetched answer to the mystery of his breakdown and disappearance—but I felt it was my duty, as a journalist and as his daughter, to investigate the possibility that what he said was true.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Deadly Storm Nears Hong Kong and China’s Coast

Typhoon Mangkhut: Deadly Storm Nears Hong Kong and China’s Coast

Typhoon Mangkhut was nearing Hong Kong and the southern coast of China on Sunday, after cutting a destructive path through the Philippines and killing dozens of people there.

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