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‘Black Ops 2’: The Most Best-Selling Thing Ever

Black Ops 2, the latest in the money-minting Call of Duty video game franchise, made…

Russia’s New Battle: The Internet

A law that began with the noblest of intentions—to make the Internet a safe place…

The RELEVANT Oscar Party Checklist

It never fails. The moment you lift your head off the pillow the morning of…

An Original Noah

Darren Aronofsky, the filmmaking wunderkind behind Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, is hard…

Got to Admit, It’s Getting Better

It’s been a tough four years for a lot of people. Wall Street broke. Unemployment…

Lena Dunham’s $3.5 Million Deal

It’s a good time to be Lena Dunham. The 26-year-old has two feature films under…

Warning: Disney’s Buying Up Your Childhood

It started in 2008, when Walt Disney surprised almost everyone by buying Marvel Comics for…

Oxford’s Word of the Year: “GIF”

In the early days of the Internet, GIFs were associated with the worst parts of…

Working From Home: A Win-Win?

If you’ve ever dreamed of sauntering into work in your pajamas or dialing into a…

First Word: A Time to Pivot

There’s something I’ve learned over the last decade of publishing RELEVANT. It’s profound. Could change…

A Time to Make Disciples

Imagine your reaction if someone came back from the dead to speak to you. Seriously—try…

Nic Cage to Reboot ‘Left Behind’

In certain fringe scientific circles, there exists a theoretical concept called the “multiverse,” in which…

United Evangelicals Stand

You know all the lines about how politically divided Christians are these days and the…

The Drone Wars

Despite playing such a pivotal role in the counterterrorism strategy of the U.S., there’s a…

The New Prostitution

We tend to think of prostitution as a desperate circumstance—a single mother driven to her…

Are E-Readers Good for the Environment?

According to a new study from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, one…

America’s Forgotten Poor

Far outside the urban sprawl, a new kind of American poverty is taking root and…

2013: The Year in Preview

It’s that time of year once again—when the air turns crisp, halls get decked with…

Not Your Grandma’s Sleeping Beauty

Taras Polataiko, a Canadian-Ukranian artist, has installed a performance art piece in the National Art…

Are You Sleeping Wrong?

As you know, getting eight hours of sleep every night is impossible. There’s work to…

5 Performances That Got Real

When Lincoln releases on November 16, Daniel Day-Lewis will don the top hat and beard…

Americans Throw Away So Much Food

The National Resources Defense Council recently released a study that says Americans throw away 40…

Coffee’s Emotional Buzzkill

Coffee lovers, you might want to skip this one. An article in Forbes is calling…

The Fall of Religious Freedom

Last year, the Arab Spring helped bring the full extent of the Middle East’s troubling…

4 Ways the Web Rewires Us

The Internet has forever altered everything, from the way we communicate to the way we…

Homeless for the Holidays

On any given night in the United States, approximately 800,000 homeless people are out on…

First Word: Seize the Day

He is the founder of a nonprofit that fights injustices committed against children. As a…

Bad Economy = Bad Givers?

Conversations about the anemic state of the economy have mostly focused on the disappearing middle…

The 5 Best Cities for a Fresh Start

Few things hold more intrigue than a fresh start—packing everything you own into your car…

Self-Help Heads to the Cinema

The desire to adapt a book into a movie is certainly understandable—somebody else has already…

U.S. Confidence in Religion at a Low

A new Gallup poll says that Americans’ confidence in the Church or organized religion is…

Must-See B-I-B-L-E

Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor, The Voice and Celebrity Apprentice, is moving on…

Eau de New Book

Any book reader will tell you that reading is a multi-sensory experience, citing the grit…

To Thrift or Not To Thrift?

As every cash-strapped twentysomething knows, thrift stores are a treasury of cheap goods and unexpected…

The Olympics, Ironically

In July, Berlin hosted the 2012 “Hipster Olympics,” in which self-professed hipsters gathered to determine…

Will Work (Hard) for Hollywood and Self

Most filmmakers are happy doing a movie every two to three years, but Mark Duplass…

The Huge Cost of America’s Drought

Record summer heat rose like a fever along the U.S. grain belt and heightened into…

First Word: A Generation Without a Party

The 2008 election season was, shall we say, illuminating. Fed up with the way Christianity…

The New Internet

The Internet as we know it is going away. And looking back, it’s odd how…

A Guide to Fall TV

It’s a sad truth that not every show on TV can live up to Modern…