Celebrating ‘Star Wars’ and Simulating Death: Links You Need To See


You’ve most likely seen someone posting “May the 4th be with you” at some point on some form of social media today. Should you choose to embrace the “4th,” start with these videos of the Star Wars brass burst set to iconic film moments to affirm how Star Wars makes everything better. Of course, it’s hard to discuss Star Wars seriously without mentioning how bad the prequels were, but fans can look forward to the fact that at least J. J. Abrams is thinking about killing Jar Jar Binks.

Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted this weekend, and one brave (or crazy) writer decided the best way to view the movie would be to first sit through every other Marvel movie leading up to it. This article tells the rest of us mortals exactly what that was like, and how the viewer (predictably) almost lost his mind.

If you desire a more visceral method of brushing up against mortality than a 30-hour movie marathon, you can now pay to die — sort of. You won’t be in any physical danger, and you won’t actually die, but you’ll undergo the simulated experience of what it’s like to be cremated and reborn. If that seems too bleak, you could go a less intense route and simply read this essay about starting your life over at 35. Then, shifting away from existential questioning, allow yourself a moment of pure wonderment with these photos of “improbable” libraries around the world.