Tag: Culture

What Flavor Juul Pod Is Sophie Turner’s Favorite? An Investigation

Image credit Juul and HBO. Composite by Anna Iovine While Sansa Stark is now living it up as Queen in the North, sipping that Arbor Gold and surveying her kingdom, Sophie Turner, the actress that played Game of Thrones‘ smartest character, is the undisputed vape queen. Turner has been the source of the internet’s fascination […]

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Gregor Von Rezzori’s Vast Postwar Masterpiece

If you put a gun to my head and asked me to describe Gregor von Rezzori’s Abel and Cain in three sentences, this is what I would answer: Murder. Murder. Murder. First-, second-, and third-degree: premeditated, unpremeditated, involuntary. Fratricide, sororicide, parricide. Genocide, historicide, deicide. ABEL AND CAIN by Gregor von RezzoriNYRB Classics, 880 pp., $24.95 […]

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Fans Are Ruining Game of Thrones—And Everything Else

It was bound to end this way. Given its colossal success, cultural saturation, and the impossible expectations that come from being “event television,” the Game of Thrones finale was always going to be a contentious affair. The overwhelming response was disappointment—“the worst finale ever,” in this magazine’s howling formulation—but disappointment in season eight has taken […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Could Be the Last Blockbuster TV Show of Your Lifetime

VICE U.K. originally published this article. In March, a replica of the Iron Throne appeared in London’s Kings Cross station. Predictably, people lined up for hours to sit on it. Around the world, similar promotional Iron Thrones appeared in Denmark, the U.S., Malaysia, Spain, Brazil, and Russia. People lined up for hours to sit on […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Accidentally Left Two Water Bottles in the Series Finale

Well, it happened. We finally got to see how Game of Thrones ends and, uh, it seems like the cast had good reason to be disappointed about this season. The episode was flat and monotonous, racing through plot beats without pausing to earn any of them, and leaning too hard on the acting chops of […]

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Enough with the Batman Movies Already

We live in a world of endless possibility, a world in which thousands upon thousands of ideas battle constantly to be realized, to emerge from potentiality and ascend into recognition, appreciation, creation. But somehow, presented with the opportunity—the privilege—to take from that boundless well any idea they choose and bring it to life, the greatest […]

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Nathan Glazer’s Life of the Mind

When I was 22 years old, Nathan Glazer, the Harvard professor of education and sociology who died this past January, stood for everything I was against. It was 1964, the year of the Berkeley student revolt, and Glazer, then teaching at that university, wrote that he was “filled with foreboding” by the actions of the […]

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‘Rick and Morty’ Season Four Is Finally Premiering in November

It has been two years since the last season of Rick and Morty wrapped up on Adult Swim. Since then, all we’ve had are rumors of possible coming episodes and weird Kanye crossovers to keep us busy while we wait for a new season. Now, thankfully, it looks like the wait is almost over—Adult Swim […]

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Berlin’s Porn Scene Is Open, Experimental, and Endlessly Fun

The Ersties podcast team, from left to right: Olivia, Lina Bembe, Paulita Pappel, and Pandora. All photos by the author.  When I got to Mad Kate’s live-in work studio in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, most of the porn filmmakers they had invited to talk with us had already arrived. Amid heaving clothes racks full of costumes, papier-mâché masks, […]

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The Terrifying ‘It Chapter 2’ Trailer Proves Nothing Is Ever Really Dead in Derry

Pennywise is back, everybody, and he’s ready to wreak some terrifying clown havoc on the unfortunate people of Derry once again! On Thursday, Warner Bros. released the first teaser trailer for It Chapter 2, the sequel to 2017’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel, and it looks like this one is gearing up to be […]

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How To Think Freely

In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev made his Hollywood debut. The Soviet premier had arrived in the United States for a twelve-day tour at the invitation of President Eisenhower. During his stay, Khrushchev visited a meatpacking plant in Des Moines where he tasted a hot dog (and by all appearances, loved it). In San Jose, […]

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The Inevitable Emptiness of the 2019 Met Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraising gala this year was themed “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” It occasioned much exhausting handwringing among the commentariat, who couldn’t help but note that Susan Sontag, beloved doyenne of the provocative and occasionally flimsy declaration, had once defined camp as a “woman walking around in a dress made of […]

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