Tag: Culture

What I Learned From the Worst Novelist in the English Language

Fatefully—some might even say tragically—Burrows accepted the offer. As you might expect, the review was a hatchet job, one that would make today’s most dexterous knife-wielders—Patricia Lockwood, say, or Andrea Long Chu—stand up for unbridled applause. Strafing his way from one literary offense to the next, Weingarten lampooned the book’s premise (“you write very badly”) […]

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The Great American Outdoors Act Has Been Signed Into Law — Here’s What That Means

In a rare bipartisan move, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving one of the most significant pieces of legislation regarding public land and national parks in generations — the Great American Outdoors Act. Signed into law on August 4th, 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act is a huge win for the parks […]

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The Never Trumpers Have Already Won

Exceptionally close to the Never Trump insurgency, Saldin and Teles take a cozy approach to their study of this movement and its central characters, faithfully drawing on their accounts of the rise of Trump. They start with the national security experts—figures such as former National Security Council staffers Peter Feaver and Philip Zelikow. Officially, this […]

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The Dismal Politics of the Sports World’s “Wokest” League

For this group of players, economic material concerns and social justice weren’t separate agendas or at odds with each other. Rather, they were inextricably bound together. In the words of one Black player, who spoke anonymously to Yahoo Sports: “We’re out here marching and protesting, and yet we all leave our families in these scary […]

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‘Caddyshack’ Star Michael O’Keefe Regales Us With Stories From The Cocaine-Addled Set Of The Movie

In trying to write about Caddyshack this past week I fell deep down a rabbit hole I’m only now clawing my way out of. Stories about the making of movies usually aren’t that interesting, but this one sends you in all different directions. Chevy? Bill? Douglas Kenney? The National Lampoon? When you try to pin […]

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Steve-O’s Often Disgusting New ‘Comedy’ Special Is A Weirdly Emotional Journey

Steve-O from Jackass has a new comedy special out and, at first, I had reservations. (For the record, you can stream it from his website, starting July 30th, no middle man necessary). Steve-O appears live onstage from Denver, with a tasteful part in his hair and clad in a snuggly red flannel, discussing the tribulations […]

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Explosive Documents In The Ghislaine Maxwell Case Have Been Unsealed Revealing Allegations Against Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, Others

Late on Thursday night, dozens of documents related to the case against alleged Jeffrey Epstein confidant/co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell were unsealed by Manhattan-based U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska. Attorneys for Maxwell, a British socialite who was the subject of a months-long international manhunt until she was recently captured, tried to block the release of the documents […]

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UK Government Announces Millions of Pounds to Help Festivals and Nightlife

The government has revealed that its billion-pound arts funding commitment will cover the UK’s nightlife and events sector. The announcement follows an industry-wide campaign calling on the government to help save the industry from collapse. The #LetUsDance campaign, launched last week, asked the government to ensure dance music businesses badly affected by the pandemic – […]

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Charlie Kaufman’s Defense of Film

Charlie Kaufman is best known as the writer of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, co-author of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (for which he won an Oscar), writer-director of Synecdoche, New York, and co-director of the animated feature film, Anomalisa (for which he won a second Oscar). Kaufman’s films are not populated by slick, polished […]

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The Father-Son Team Behind ‘Rogue Trip’ Talk About The Role Of Travel In A Rapidly Changing World

Conversations around travel are shifting rapidly. As social justice movements push our society to evolve, the colonial and exploitive aspects of the travel experience are being highlighted and called out. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has underscored both the interconnectivity of humans and the fragility of many of our systems. Plus it’s grounded us for the foreseeable future […]

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Between Thomas Chatterton Williams and Me

I bring up my experience of fatherhood because it is so similar to an experience that forms the premise of Thomas Chatterton Williams’s memoir, Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race. The book opens with Williams and his white wife celebrating the birth of their daughter Marlow, which shakes the very foundations of his self-conception […]

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The Head Of The Hip Hop Chess Federation On Using Chess-Thinking To Navigate An Uncertain World

Adisa Banjoko is a master of managing time. I know this because he’s got books and businesses and fascinating resume entries to his name. But also because before I was able to say “hello” when I called him one afternoon in July, he was already half-deep into an explanation of stoicism. Before we’d bothered with […]

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The Senate Republicans’ Proposed Stimulus Doesn’t Include Protection For Independent Restaurants

On Monday, Senate Republicans unveiled a fifth round of relief aid to help Americans combat the losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the HEALS Act, the proposed spending package is a follow up to March’s CARES Act — which brought an expansion to Federal Unemployment benefits, a $1,200 stimulus check for qualifying Americans, and […]

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Valley Of Change Co-Founder Reggie Watkins On Why Continued Protests Are Vital To The Movement

Know this: protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement calling for an end to police violence haven’t stopped. Even as media coverage has waned (or shifted) and trending hashtags have decreased since mass protests first broke out across all 50 states in May, the movement isn’t on pause. The work is ongoing. Reggie […]

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These Aerial Photos Of New South Wales, Australia Will Inspire Dreams Of Post-Pandemic Travel

Great travel photography is transportive. It’s able to surpass its 2-D limitations and convey the feel of a certain place — the taste of street food, the sounds of a city square, or the power of crashing waves. It goes beyond the visual level to act on all of the senses. That’s where Australia-based photographer […]

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Michelle Obama Scores Barack Obama As The First Guest On Her Podcast

Last week Michelle Obama announced that she would be launching her own podcast to stream exclusively on Spotify. It’s to be called Higher Ground: The Michelle Obama Podcast, which (unsurprisingly) has us psyched — it’s Michelle Obama! She’s great! — and for her first guest, she’s snagged a pretty high-profile personality. Her husband, former President […]

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What the Americans With Disabilities Act Has to Teach Today’s Protesters

In response to the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities’ call for protests against Nixon’s refusal to enforce Section 504, activists across America occupied federal buildings. The most intense action came out of San Francisco, where Judy Heumann—by then the founder of Disabled in Action, advocating for the independent living movement—managed to keep 150 people, […]

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The Problem With Putinology

Useful in understanding Putin’s rise to power, Putin’s People is also an impediment to understanding much else about the country that he rules. Belton capably chronicles the ensuing two decades of Putin’s rule, a tale of authoritarianism gradually consolidated. There were the “liberal-seeming economic reforms of Putin’s first term” buoyed by rising oil prices, a […]

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‘Black Panther’ Comic Writer Reginald Hudlin Explains His Musical Inspiration On Disney+’s ‘Marvel’s 616’

In a better timeline, Black Widow would have hit theaters two months ago. But we don’t live in that timeline. We live in the one where an ever-surging pandemic has put almost everything on pause with no end in sight, including the MCU. But that doesn’t mean the end of Marvel content. Disney+ is rearing […]

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Here Are The Countries Still Accepting American Passports And The Precautions They Have In Place

Despite the fact that we miss being able to travel the world during what is arguably the best season for travel, we don’t envy anyone who has to jump on a plane in the near future. Right now both domestic and international travel are an absolute headache, and if you’re from the United States, it’s […]

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Trader Joe’s Is Dropping Its Branding Variations In An Effort To Be More Culturally Sensitive

Trader Joe’s will begin making changes to the packaging of some of its food products over concerns that variations on the Trader Joe’s brand name can be seen as culturally insensitive. For years, the grocery chain has been altering the brand naming on its private label products typically categorized as “ethnic foods,” using monikers like […]

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A Public Health Expert Unpacks The Risks And Necessary Precautions For Anyone Considering A Road Trip

Like it or not, there are a lot of people hitting the road right now. With international travel pretty much cut off for the foreseeable future, Americans — stir crazy from months in quarantine — are taking to the highways. Some of these folks are visiting loved ones who’ve been isolated for months. Others are […]

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Amy Baldwin Of ‘Shameless Sex’ On Connection During Quarantine And Owning Your Sexuality

Amy Baldwin is a straight-up sex expert. While the splashiest entry on her resume might be the fact that she co-owns Pure Pleasure Shop — a sex boutique — with her mom, she’s also a certified sex educator and a trained sex and relationship coach. As one half of the duo behind the popular podcast […]

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Home Sweet Home: NBC Orders Ava DuVernay’s Unscripted Family Social Experiment Series on Race, Religion, Economics and Gender

Ava DuVernayPhoto: Adam Burrell Ava DuVernay and her arts advocacy collective ARRAY has another project in the works—and this time they’re diving into reality TV. Or since she is a documentarian, perhaps “docu-series” fits better here. Advertisement NBC has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of an upcoming unscripted family social experience series called Home Sweet Home, […]

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