50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time

It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins come out, the fake cobwebs are hung and we feel that dormant urge to be chilled, thrilled and spooked to our bones. Get out your flashlights, because a scary story awaits — actually, make that fifty of them. Now, there’s more to scary stories than goblins, ghouls, blood and your general horror — here there be monsters of many kinds, existential and literal, extraordinary and everyday. And remember: like beauty, fear is in the bloody eye of the beholder. So whether you yearn for classic horror or literary fiction guaranteed to make your skin crawl, read on. If you dare! … Read More

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“Your Show Is Full of Feminist Philosophy That You Take for Granted”: Matthew Weiner and Alexandra Clert Talk Women, Work, and Television

The first line of Mad Men Matthew Weiner ever wrote, the showrunner told his audience on Friday night, was “I’m not gonna let a woman talk to me like that.” Delivered by man’s man, advertising genius, and fraud Don Draper to a female potential client (and his future mistress), the line fit the event’s theme perfectly — “Women at Work” on television, both American (Mad Men) and French (Engrenages, known as Spiral in English).  … Read More

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Katha Pollit on Abortion and Her Controversial New Book ‘Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights’

In Katha Pollitt’s new book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, the longtime poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation turns her eye towards the state of abortion today in 2014. What she finds is stark. Forty years after Roe Vs. Wade, abortion is under attack — from the erosion of state laws to the closing of clinics to the wishy-washy language used even by so-called liberals (i.e. “Safe, legal, and rare.) In Pro, Pollitt argues for a new framework for abortion where it’s normalized, safe, and a humdrum part of women’s lives, in a world where women’s health — physically and economically — is prioritized. It’s a challenging, smart book, and it will change what you think about and talk about when the topic of abortion comes up. Over a coffee on the upper west side, I talked with Pollitt about her book and why we need to pay attention to the political attack on abortion. … Read More

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The Most Hilarious Stills from Live’s “I Alone” Video

Nineties nostalgia is everywhere these days — and sure, as far as musical decades go, the ’90s gave us a shitload of great bands and great songs. But let’s not forget they were also the decade that gave us Live, a band that was fronted by a dude who looked kind of like a bad Michael Stipe waxwork figure, and that contained multiple people named Chad. Apart from giving tour promoters headaches (“Live… live?”), they were also responsible for the most hilariously awful/singularly amazing video of the decade: “I Alone,” which really should be watched with the sound off for full effect. But to save you watching it at all, here’s a highly scientific survey of the funniest bits. … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 5 Recap: “Shiny Things”

What distracts you? In the process of writing this review, tons of stuff distracted me. The Internet, obviously, but more specifically Twitter, Reddit subforums, Amazon, Facebook, Wikipedia, checking other people’s Good Wife reviews, biting my nails, Shazam-ing the song from the opening scene (“Oh, it was used in Finding Forrester.”), wondering about candy, eating candy, regretting candy… to name a few. “Shiny Things” is all about distractions, those titular shiny objects that pull attention from the matter at hand, a phenomenon most obviously represented in the return of everyone’s favorite legal savant, Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston). … Read More

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‘The Affair’ Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: “2”

Last week on The Affair: two sexy married people met cute at an outdoor shower. This week, we have stories about jam, and JOSHUA JACKSON, nee Pacey on Dawson’s Creek, riding a goddamm horse in tight jeans and a cowboy hat looking like the fantasy stud of your dreams. But in whose memory is he that stupid hot? The answer is below! … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 7 Recap: “Friendless Child”

Sometimes Boardwalk Empire is all brooding and introspection and heartbreaking line deliveries by Michael K. Williams. Sometimes, however, Boardwalk Empire is all action, bookended by cheesy voiceovers. That’s generally what the show turns into towards the end of the season, anyway, and it’s proving especially true now that we’re on the very last season, and a shortened one at that. “Friendless Child” races through a lot of material to set up the series’ final hour, and what it lacks in heart-wrenching major character deaths it makes up for in sheer plot. … Read More

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‘Manhattan’ Creator Sam Shaw on the Show’s Stellar First Season

Over the course of a season, the new television show Manhattan has established itself as assured, confident storytelling, showing the utter surreality of moving to the moon — Los Alamos, New Mexico — establishing a brand-new community in place by the American government, all for the purpose of the Manhattan Project and the race to… Read More

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Deadly Destinations Around the World

We’re days away from Halloween. In keeping with the spooky spirit of the season, we’ve traveled to some of the deadliest destinations around the world—places not for the faint of heart. If jumping into an active volcano, swinging over a cliff, and kayaking off a waterfall sound like a good time, then read on. Hundreds of brave souls flock to these attractions yearlong for the thrills and chills they offer. See what these deadly destinations have in store for you, and reconsider your Halloween plans for next year, below. … Read More

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The Scariest Movie Clowns, Ranked

They’re supposed to entertain us, but they often terrify us. What happens when a clown trades the role of a fool for that of a killer? American Horror Story: Freak Show is currently exploring the creepy clown archetype. John Carroll Lynch’s portrayal of Twisty the Clown, whose clown bag you definitely don’t want to look inside of, has already secured the titles of murderer and kidnapper. Inspired by Twisty’s truly terrible ways, we decided to explore cinema’s creepiest clowns—those who hide something dark under their makeup and are in the killing business rather than the laughing business. … Read More

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