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By Ramon Glazov
David Foster Wallace: Portrait Of An Infinitely Limited Mind

You have to give David Foster Wallace some credit – he was better at making his fans bash themselves than any other writer of the Pynchon school. His magnum opus, Infinite Jest, is a 1000-page novel full of intestinally-shaped sentences and fine-print notes on calculus, organic chemistry and VCR programming. Normally, when a book like that comes out, people realise its purpose right away: terrorising B.A. students into meek submission.

May 23, 2011 | Comments (204)

By Eileen Jones
The Pirates Franchise Dies of Boredom

So if you’re interested in what a director does, or doesn’t do, go see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s a great film education watching Rob Marshall, the director replacing Gore Verbinski, wreck the Pirates franchise in one…

May 21, 2011 | Comments (31)

By Yasha Levine
California Class War History: Meet The Oligarch Family That's Been Scamming Taxpayers For 150 Years, And Counting!

I was going through some of my Victorville notes and came across an amazing, untold story that I never had the chance to write up. This story is about California’s Miller family, an aristocratic clan that’s been extracting rent from California taxpayers for the past 150 years, ever since their patriarch started looting land back in the 19th century.

May 19, 2011 | Comments (15)

By Pancho Montana
Mexico Drug War Dispatch: Human Rights Aren't Always Right

I just learned that a friend of mine got his human rights violated by the Mexican army, when he was grabbed off the street by a couple of soldiers, thrown into some dirty room, tied to a chair, stripped of his clothes and interrogated with the help of a friendly blowtorch.

May 18, 2011 | Comments (20)

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By Team eXiled
eXiled Readers, Have You No Shame!  -- Donate, Already!

We’ve been on a suicide mission. And you’ve had front row seats–and a free ride–the whole way. But nothing is free forever, folks. Not even career-suicide. So you need to pitch in and help us see through our mission of making this world a little less comfortable for everyone, especially the satisfied-ites. Help right now, it’ll only take a minute…

May 17, 2011 | Comments (49)

By Gary Brecher
The War Nerd: Osama Porn

The second I had to quit daily blogging they got Osama. That was just one of the joys of starting a new job: Seeing all that great material wasted on mainstream journalists who have got to be the dumbest, most…

May 15, 2011 | Comments (87)

By Eileen Jones
Movie Bridesmaids Saves Women From Extinction

Bridesmaids is apparently a big deal. If we don’t all go see it, there will never be another movie made about women again. Or something like that.

May 15, 2011 | Comments (20)