Patti Smith Continues to Work, Continues to Rule

In the catalog of People Who Inspire Us, few leave me quite as verklempt and in awe as Patti Smith, whose memoir Just Kids comforted me through my first year in New York and whose album Horses is one of my favorites of all time. But perhaps what's most amazing about her is her constant ability to continue to create… » 2/18/15 7:10pm 2/18/15 7:10pm

Heroes: Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira


This guy started his film career as an actor in 1927 before he became a director in the 1930s. He might be the only person in film whose work has spanned from the silent era to the present day. The video above is him in 2008, when he was a wee lad of 99. He has been the oldest working director for almost 14 years.… » 2/15/15 5:50pm 2/15/15 5:50pm

Which superhero are you? An inevitable buzzfeed quiz

Take the quiz here. I of course, am the most modest and delightfully conflicted superhero, Peter Parker and Spiderman. Though I wonder if there is another, even more awesome one that wasn't an option. Also, I know that's not spiderman. But I'm a woman. A spiderWOMAN. There needs to be more gender equity on this quiz. » 2/11/15 8:28pm 2/11/15 8:28pm

Jamie Lynn Spears Is the Celebrity Monarch for Krewe of Mardi Paws

Jamie Lynn Spears, who we last saw being a hero when she broke up a fight at a Pita Pit by calmly threatening a whole group of brawling dudes with a knife, will be the celebrity monarch at this year's Krewe of Mardi Paws parade. Ideally, this will be the first of many honors for the far superior Spears sister. » 2/02/15 7:00pm 2/02/15 7:00pm

Hero Teacher, Banned From Demoing Condom-Use, Demos 'Sock-Use' Instead

Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course! » 1/23/15 4:28pm 1/23/15 4:28pm

What The 12 Monkeys Showrunner Learned From Writing For Terminator: SCC

Creating a TV show based on 12 Monkeys is a daunting prospect. There's the closed-ended movie storyline, plus all that twisty time-travel. Luckily, the showrunner of 12 Monkeys, Natalie Chaidez, was a writer for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She tells io9 what lessons from Terminator she brought to Monkeys. » 1/15/15 11:00am 1/15/15 11:00am