People are slamming famous punk rocker for complaining about the homeless. But he’s got a good reason.

Homeless people  in Venice Beach by Malingering / Flickr Los Angeles is experiencing a homelessness epidemic with the number of unhoused people rising 75% over the past six years. About 54,000 of the city’s four million residents are currently experiencing homelessness and the root cause is the city’s lack of affordable housing. According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3% while rents have gone up 32%. The city recently created a quarter-cent increase in its sales tax to fund programs to help house these residents, but encampments are still popping up throughout the city. Venice Beach, a swanky West L.A. neighborhood famous for its eccentric residents, has seen one of the largest increases in unhoused people. Shell …

A makeup genius transformed himself into Kylie Jenners baby and the results will keep you up at night.

There are countless makeup tutorials online to show people how to do their makeup like the Kardashians. But popular YouTube makeup artist Alexis Stone took things a step further by transforming himself, a 25-year-old man, into Kyle Jenner and Travis Scott’s one-year-old baby, Stormi. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Mar 15, 2019 at 7:25pm PDT Stone’s transformation is genius, but seeing a grown-ass man turn himself into a baby is the stuff nightmares are made of. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexis Stone (@thealexisstone) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:33am PDT To achieve the Stormi transformation, Stone put on a bald cap and applied foundation all over his face. …

‘It’s urgent’: controversial history France in the World comes to America

Editors Patrick Boucheron and Stphane Gerson discuss their book, a rejoinder to populists and nationalists that has fuelled debate over identity and culture One Monday in April, the editors of France in the World were preparing to launch their book in America. Then, as the world watched, French history happened. billions were pledged for restoration and Emmanuel Macron vowed work would be neglected by their government, besieged by globalisation and nationalism, set defended white supremacists who marched to save a Confederate statue. In conversation, Gerson points to a new history of America, Jill Lepore of Harvard: that in a time of surging populism, amid domestic and international fracture, historians must not retreat from the public square. France in the World …

Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side

There is nothing more impermeable than time. It's fixed, constant. It may be a human construct, but it is one humanity has built atomic clocks to perfect; there is no stopping its ever-forward march. Except in sci-fi. And comic books. In those worlds, it's fluid. There are rules about not killing Hitler or betting on the World Series, but other than that, the structures of time can be bent. This, more than anything, is the core of Avengers: Endgame. Yes, there is—as most fans expected—some time travel. (More on that later, in the spoiler-y paragraphs below.) But its deeper narrative follows a thread about the years people have devoted to Marvel heroes, the nostalgia those fans already have for them, …

Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing

In the final poem of his Four Quartets, a rumination on the cyclical nature of war and the redemptive power of fire, T.S. Eliot had this to say about the great ouroboros of beginnings and endings: that "the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began, and to know it for the first time." Zak Jason What I Learned by Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward Angela Watercutter What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over? WIRED Staff Game of Thrones: What We Want—and Need—from Season 8 When Game of Thrones began, nearly eight years ago today, it introduced us to Westeros through the eyes of the Stark children, as they clamored over ramparts and …

Atlantic City: ‘Trump turned this place into a ghost town’

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about todays America When $700m worth of junk bonds which meant the Taj had to come up with $94m a year just to pay off its debts, and $1m a day to be profitable Trump insisted the casino would make Atlantic City great again, returning the area to its prohibition-era glory days. When photographer Trump Entertainment Resorts. His grim shot of a pigeon lying dead on the ground outside, beneath large pictures of strenuously grinning Trump employees, perfectly captures an area that now seems bereft of opportunity. I actually went back …

This artist is fighting back against selfie culture by ‘dying’ at the worlds most popular landmarks.

via Instagram Remember 15 years ago when taking a photo of yourself seemed like the height of narcissism? Nowadays, when people visit a landmark or beautiful landscape, they don’t take a photo to document its beauty; instead, they stand in front of it and make themselves the subject of the picture. Then they post the photo on social media and the underlying message is: “Look at me standing at this location.” Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose is fighting back against selfie culture with an Instagram page called STEFDIES. It’s a performance art piece where Rose plays dead at historical sites and landmarks and captures people’s reactions. One of her main goals with the project is to call out how people stage …

Someone plastered The Louvre with 2,000 sheets of paper and it looks cool AF.

If you and I (in this fantasy we are best friends fulfilling our lifelong dream of visiting Paris) decided to see what The Louvre’s glass pyramid looked like covered in paper, we would likely spend the majority of our trip becoming intimately acquainted with France’s legal system. I know it sounds unfair but the reality is that you (best friend) and I are not famous artists. And while the french government may not trust us to cover one of its most famous landmarks in paper, I have some excellent news: We can still see what it looks like. Spoiler alert: It is very, very cool. Here’s one pic of the thing to tempt you before we get into the backstory: …

Our 11 Favorite Matrix Scenes, Ranked

The Matrix is canon. Its themes, style, vernacular, and visual language lodged so permanently in our brains that they're still referenced—and ripped off—today. Mostly this is due to the genius of the Wachowskis, who made a sci-fi masterpiece that fans watched again and again. But deeper that that, it's because they packed so many brainy, fun ideas into one movie that people spent years hashing, and rehashing, them out. Each of those concepts found life in one very particular scene—a moment that crystalized the idea forevermore. Here, we break down our favorite scenes from The Matrix and explain why they mean so much to our lives. 11. Neo's 'Bullet Time' Moves There are few sci-fi sequences as thrilling as Neo's …

The big picture: a civil-rights stall-in, Harlem, 1964

Steven Schapiros shot of a protest was taken on a cross-country trip with James Baldwin The publication of James Baldwins book of essays The Fire Next Time in 1963 lit the touchpaper for the civil rights movement. Steve Schapiro, then a young freelance photographer, was so inspired by Baldwins message that he persuaded Time to let him travel with the writer from New York to Mississippi to document the protests that were under way. The pair are reunited in a new edition of Baldwins essays, illustrated with Schapiros photographs. Included is this picture of a protest organised by the Congress of Racial Equality (Core) to coincide with the Worlds Fair in New York in 1964. In the weeks before the …

Van Gogh’s paintings come to life at this incredible art museum. Come take a tour.

Do you remember your last trip to an art museum? If we’re talking typical art museum, you probably walked around an expansive but sterile space, looked at some pretty paintings from a respectful distance, then went to the gift shop to buy a magnet of one of those paintings for your fridge. Okay, I may be personalizing that last part a bit, but you get what I’m saying. On the whole, a day at an art museum can be lovely, but it’s often not terribly memorable. Perhaps that’s one reason why museum attendance has been steadily declining across the United States since the early 2000s, especially among the younger demographic. Another might be that, since technology satisfies most of our …

‘Thai Banksy’ tests boundaries with gallery show before election

Headache Stencils work portrays Thai democracy as a game for the ruling elite His works began appearing overnight on the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai five years ago, incendiary satirical depictions of the military officials who took power in Thailand in the 2014 coup. The authorities worked quickly to erase all trace of the graffiti, but there was no stopping the artist, who calls himself Headache Stencil and is often referred to as the Banksy of Thailand. Pictures of his works portraying the Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, as Dr Evil from Austin Powers or the deputy prime minister on the face of a Rolex have been shared millions of times on social media. In the buildup to on …

Trolls Are Boring Now

Captain Marvel’s $455 million opening weekend is an enormous, expensive failure. Not for Marvel, or fans of superhero movies, or people whose opinions matter. For trolls. Trolls have been trying to sabotage Captain Marvel's success since the first trailer dropped last September. So persistent and numerous were these trolls in their “review bombing” that Rotten Tomatoes changed its policies to prevent people from rating a movie before its release, and YouTube altered its search algorithm to uncouple star Brie Larson's name from the smears. Angela Watercutter Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment Angela Watercutter Rotten Tomatoes' Revamp Could Save Captain Marvel Angela Watercutter Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Russian Trolls, and the Disintegration of Discourse Captain Marvel's box office …

Have podcasts sold out?

They used to be the Wild West, DIY and free for all, but now the big boys have arrived and theyre pushing us to pay. Heres how podcasts went from punk to mega bucks All you need to make it in podcasting is an idea, a laptop and a microphone. At least, thats been the received wisdom since the medium began its current boom six or seven years ago: its an inherently amateur, democratised means of communication, with the vast majority available for free. But is all that changing? Last week saw the launch of Luminary, a podcast platform with $100m of venture capital funding behind it, and deals already signed with Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah and Conan …

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee’s Best Cameo for Last?

Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia. Mallrats was Kevin Smith's second movie after the breakout success of Clerks, and for his follow-up Smith swapped out deep nerdery about Star Wars for deeper nerdery about comics. In 1995, the year of Mallrats' release, seeing Lee show up in a Smith film was the perfect Venn diagram overlap of grunge proto-hipsterdom and comics fan culture. Angela Watercutter Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment Graeme McMillan The 5 Comics You Must Read Before Watching Captain Marvel Jim McLauchlin 12 Things You Learn Over Two Decades of Lunches With …

Guardian film Black Sheep nominated for best short documentary Oscar

Ed Perkins film about a young black boys response to a racist gang after he moves out of London is up for an Academy award murder of schoolboy Damilola Taylor in 2000. Walker, the same age as Taylor and of similar background, found himself confronting a gang of local racists and, after first fighting back, went to extraordinary lengths to fit in and gain their friendship. The film features interviews with Walker looking back 15 years on from the events he describes, which are re-enacted in the locations where they took place, with Kai Francis Lewis playing Walker. Responding to the nomination, Walker said that he was, humbled and proud. I worked on this film to tell my story and …