Thursday, March 4, 2021

Culture

How J.J. Abrams Swaps Stories For Feelings

“Maybe there are times when mystery is more important than knowledge,” so said J.J. Abrams during his 2007 TED Talk. It was a speech that revealed a great deal about Abrams, perhaps, if only, in retrospect. The topic of...

As The NFL Season Begins, A Look At How Football Has Changed

A sport's professional, modern version often bares little resemblance to its origins. Most times, they almost look like they're playing a different sport entirely. But seeing how far we've come can reveal startling truths about ourselves and where we're going....

iPhone 7’s Dumb New Headphone Dongle Inspires Sex Memes

Apple’s “courageous” decision to eliminate the traditional headphone jack from the iPhone 7 left many people baffled and frustrated, not least because now you’ll need a $40 adaptor to charge your phone while listening to music. What a dumb...

Fresh Music: Lady Gaga Sounds Lost, But Young Thug And Sia Soar

With new music flying like warp-speed through the various channels of the Internet, it can be hard to keep up. But worry not! Each week The Fresh Toast will deliver the most-discussed and exciting songs that have recently dropped....

Star-Crossed Lovers, Cowboys, Magic, And Dragons: Inside Greg Pak’s New Series, ‘Kingsway West’

From Planet Hulk to Battlestar Galactica, Greg Pak has produced entertaining work for years now. His run on Action Comics (particularly the non-crossover arcs) were some of the best and original Superman books in recent years. That said, I didn’t...

Kanye and Drake Are Recording An Album Together. Should We Be Excited?

When Kanye West was interviewed on Big Boy’s Neighborhood a few years ago, he was asked if liked any new music coming out. His answer was brief: Yes, he really liked that at-the-time new Drake track “Hold On We’re...

Star Wars! Blair Witch! Dancing Gosling! Here’s Your Fresh Toast Fall Movie Preview

While a dark cloud looms over this year’s poor summer movies, studios and directors typically reserve their more grandiose projects--awards bait--for the fall. And this year looks packed as much as any other. Don’t worry, though, the Fresh Toast...

An Oral History Of The Time My Mom Met Andre 3000 At A Mall

Twenty years ago, OutKast released their most influential and best album, ATLiens. Ten years ago, my mom and I were at a mall in Atlanta, and we ran into Andre 3000. Here's what happened, according to two emails from my...

Werner Herzog’s Hot Take of The Day: Television Commercials

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog is best known for his obsessions with the monumental issues of human existence: technology, art, beauty, death, the unforgiving brutality of nature, and the exploration of the unknown. But he also considers—and complains about—the banality...

Poll: Would You Use This New Urinal To Wash Your Penis?

If necessity is the mother of invention, you can make your own assumptions about how this one came about. Spanish entrepreneurs dreamed up the "Urinary 2.0," a urinal-bidet combination. Sensors activate a "water curtain sudsy" that does its job in three seconds, complete...

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