NASA lists the seven most absurd science fiction movies of all time, as well as the seven most plausible. Can’t argue with the ridiculous roster — anything with Roland Emmerich’s name on it is a lock for such a list — but the plausible list is puzzling. There’s no sign of 2001: A Space Odyssey — was it really less believable than The Thing From Another World, or The Day The Earth Stood Still?
How Michael Chabon handled the n-word while reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to his kids.
Timothy Donnelly lists six contemporary poets you ought to check out.
Three rediscovered stories by Zora Neale Hurston.
Roger Ebert lists the best documentaries of 2010.
“. . . if I had a choice between a more civil discourse and a more honest one, I’d pick honesty every time. The reason that hundreds of angry people came to town hall meetings in my Congressional district in 2009, and the reason that police had to be present where they had never been before, wasn’t because someone was ‘uncivil.’ It was because their media heroes and party leaders told them a pack of lies about death panels, federal funding for abortions, Medicare being taken away and free insurance for illegal immigrants. The questions that my Congressman took at those hate-filled meetings weren’t reasonable queries about limited government, deficits and healthcare outcomes. They were questions about why he wanted to kill grandma, let the government pay to abort babies, and take away Medicare.”