The Future Is a Lonely Place, in William Gibson's The Peripheral

With his new novel The Peripheral, William Gibson returns to the genre that made him famous: near-future science fiction. But the world of The Peripheral is very different from the hyperactive cyberpunk citiscapes of Neuromancer. His canvas is much bigger — and his prophesies are far more melancholy. » 10/24/14 4:36pm 12 minutes ago

The Best Things to Stream This Weekend

Tonight marks the beginning of Halloweek, when everybody who wants to throw a Halloween party knows that, like with birthdays, even one day after actual thing feels like a huge sad lie. If you're not partying Friday night, then you better carve some pumpkins or shit this weekend! But if you resist the power of… » 10/24/14 4:26pm 22 minutes ago

How Much a Bottle of Whiskey Costs in Every State

It is Friday, which means it is an excellent day for a whiskey drink. Inspired by The Awl's quest to catalog the cost of cigarettes in every state, we decided to hunt down the price of a bottle of liquor in every state so you can know exactly how much more or less that stiff pour is costing you than neighboring… » 10/24/14 4:07pm 41 minutes ago

"Loan Sharknado" Is the Most Cringeworthy Political Ad This Year

The Michigan Republican Party is now the proud owner of the worst weather-themed political ad ever created. The party released a painfully cheesy thirty-second spot last week calling the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate a "loan sharknado." It's so bad that it's uncomfortable to watch. » 10/24/14 3:47pm Today 3:47pm

Listen Up Philip and Other Men at Their Wits' End: NYFF Dispatch Four

Film writers Fariha Roísín and Sara Black McCulloch are covering the New York Film Festival this year as a series of conversations about the festival and its programming. The fourth dispatch includes Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman and Laura Poitras' Citizenfour. » 10/24/14 3:41pm Today 3:41pm

The Way We Used to Quarantine in New York

So far, because there are only three of them, it's easy to feel reassured that those potentially and actually infected with Ebola in New York are in safe quarantine. Bellevue insists it had a biohazard protocol all ready and waiting; there is nothing to worry about. » 10/24/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

But What Does Heidi Montag Think About Renée Zellweger?

In all the talk about pictures of Renée Zellweger, and how we shouldn't be talking about pictures of Renée Zellweger, one voice had been noticeably absent: Spencer Pratt's. Unfortunately, Spencer Pratt still hasn't spoken publicly about any pictures of Renée Zellweger. His wife did, though! » 10/24/14 3:19pm Today 3:19pm

Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for… » 10/24/14 3:16pm Today 3:16pm

This Is "All About That Bass," As Performed by an Actual Bass Singer

Meghan Trainor's chart-topping "All About That Bass," has plenty of issues—its muddled message about body positivity and self-acceptance, for starters— but the most common, whingingly pedantic knock on the song is that it's, um, technically *slides glasses up bridge of nose* mostly treble. » 10/24/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

Two Dead, Four Wounded in Shooting at Washington High School

Police in Marysville, Washington have reportedly confirmed an active shooter at Pilchuck High School. Shots were fired near the school's cafeteria and students are locked in their classrooms, according to a teacher who spoke with KIRO. There are unconfirmed reports of six injuries, and a Life Flight helicopter has… » 10/24/14 2:11pm Today 2:11pm

Honey Boo Boo's Mama June Shannon: I'm Not Dating a Child Molester

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo mother "Mama" June Shannon denies the alleged relationship between herself and convicted child molester Mark McDaniel in a video she uploaded to her daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson's Facebook page. TLC cancelled their show today and announced that the episodes filmed for the show's… » 10/24/14 1:58pm Today 1:58pm

Anjelica Huston Says Ryan O'Neal Brutally Assaulted Her: "I Saw Stars"

In her new memoir, Watch Me, 63-year-old actress Anjelica Huston writes that her ex-boyfriend Ryan O'Neal brutally assaulted her at a Beverly Hills party in the late 1970s after she didn't immediately return from the bathroom. "He turned on me, grabbed me by the hair and hit me in the forehead with the top of his… » 10/24/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm