Wendy Davis’ Virtuoso Performance

It’s been said that the value of a Rachmaninoff piano concerto lies not in its artistic qualities but in how hard it is to play. To hear something like Beethoven’s notoriously difficult Hammerklavier played flawlessly is, in this view, less … Continued

How Snowden Misunderstood the Media

When Edward Snowden publicly identified himself as the leaker of documents showing the National Security Administration’s surveillance program, he said he did so in an effort to control the story. Though “I know the media likes to personalise political debates,” … Continued

Why Are Politicians So Awful on Twitter?

Hillary Clinton joined Twitter Monday. If you are excited about this, it is for one of two reasons. Either it is because you like Hillary Clinton and enjoyed her witty and self-aware bio. Or else you are excited about this … Continued

There Is No Replacement for Food, People

Did you hear about Soylent? It is a liquid replacement for food that is, as Gawker’s Adrian Chen describes it, “a slurry of vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates” that tastes like “homemade nontoxic Play-Doh” and looks like ejaculate. A guy … Continued