Here are just a few of the stories, lists and videos we loved this week:
David Bowie has released a very brief, characteristically cryptic explanation for his latest album, The Next Day.
The Awl's incredibly comprehensive oral history of mid-'90s MTV prank show Buzzkill is seriously fascinating.
Nathan Fielder (star of Comedy Central's Nathan For You) is known for asking his Twitter followers to participate in some pretty amazing text pranks, and this week's was epic.
Dujour has a beautiful photo tour through the life of punk princess Debbie Harry.
OK Go are known for their amazing art projects that blend music and innovative performance, and their latest effort — recording the aurora borealis — is no exception.
Read an excerpt from food expert Michael Pollan's latest, critically acclaimed book, Cooked.
Learn all about the newly founded Digital Public Library of America.
IFC has a new web series to promote Marc Maron's forthcoming show for your viewing pleasure, "Maron in Space," starring James Adomian.
OpenCulture has extended video of Conan O'Brien's in-depth interviews with the cast and creators of Breaking Bad.
Gwyneth Paltrow is the most beautiful woman in the world, well, according to People, at least.
NPR is streaming Deerhunter's highly anticipated new album, Monomania.
Tumblr of the week: Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You.
Whole Foods and Christian Louboutin are teaming up to make shoes out of kale... for real.
Some new (and pretty saucy) personal letters from iconic author J.D. Salinger have been discovered.
If you dare, take a look at this McDonald's burger that's supposedly been perfectly preserved for over a decade.
Canadian songstress Grimes has written an epic, and amazing, feminist manifesto on her Tumblr.
These amazing photos show the real-life actors who inspired classic Disney characters.
Writer and comic Jen Kirkman talks to xojane about her new book, I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself.
The prospect of all the Obamas getting the same tattoo is almost too cute to handle.
Finally, comedian Todd Barry has his very own podcast (appropriately titled "The Todd Barry Podcast").
These 17 acapella covers of indie songs are actually pretty fantastic.
David Sedaris — author of forthcoming essay collection Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls — reveals his favorite weird book titles.
MGMT's new Record Day single is online now:
Believe it or not, Tiger Eyes is the very first film adaptation of a Judy Blume book; here's the trailer:
Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing finally has a trailer, too:
SNL cast member Kate MacKinnon takes her spot-on Ellen DeGeneres impression straight to the source — check out Ellen vs Ellen:
And finally, got 20 minutes? Check out Michael Cera's directorial debut, Brazzaville Teen-Ager: