“He grew up lower middle class and toiled away at menial jobs while chasing his dreams—the lone white boy battling in an almost entirely Black environment. The plot of 8 Mile was Vanilla Ice’s story first.”
“The famous subreddit started as a forum for one man to ask about his workplace behavior. Seven years later, it’s become a platform where millions of people discuss good, bad, and everything in between. How did it get here? And can it actually help make people better?”
“Looking back at the dog show–centric successor to the mockumentaries ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ and ‘Waiting for Guffman’ on its 20th anniversary.”
“Four months, 30 movie stars, 128 sex scenes. One writer (slash scientist) spent all summer researching which actors have had the most sexually ambitious careers. Here are her findings.”
“In 2017, the Times dissolved its copy desk, possibly permitting more typos to slip through. Meet the anonymous lawyer who’s correcting the paper of record one untactful tweet at a time.”
“There was no amping up of tensions, there was none of that feeling of, ‘This is gonna go down.’ Within 15 minutes, it went from protest to pandemonium.”
“From the nation’s capital to Nashville, from Connecticut to California, a summer of protest has come to America. Its participants are the ‘good trouble’ John Lewis spoke of, the ‘group of angelic troublemakers’ Bayard Rustin dreamed of. And the unifying emotion connecting each demonstration will be outrage.”
“In an exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, ‘The Vapors,’ David Hill unearths a tale of the grandest casino in what was once the premier gambling destination in America: Hot Springs, Arkansas.”
What does it mean for an album to receive a perfect score from the internet’s most contentious music publication?
Paul Thompson, a deft and versatile writer, delivers an engrossing and utterly entertaining profile of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, the 25-year old album that would vault rappers Prodigy and Havoc — one a Queensbridge native, the other a NYC nomad — into the stratosphere of rap amid the Big Apple’s glory days holding the mic.