Tag: Culture

The ‘GoT’ Cast Was ‘Upset’ by How Much Everyone Hated the Finale

Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO There was so much hype leading up to the final season of Game of Thrones that it was probably doomed to disappoint at least a few people, regardless of who wound up on the Iron Throne. But even with more reasonable expectations, season eight would’ve been a disappointment. Sure, there […]

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Playing Soldiers

The World’s Only Corn Palace was crowded on this post–Independence Day weekend when I visited to see it thank me for my service. An estimated half-million tourists a year trek to Mitchell, South Dakota, to admire the odd, onion-domed sports and concert venue, which is decorated in byzantine “crop art” mosaics: Each year, the building’s […]

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For the Love of God, Please Give Guy Fieri His Own ‘Law & Order’ Spinoff

Guy Fieri has spent 51 years on this earth in search of his true purpose in life. He has opened dozens of restaurants—from a chain of “California pasta grills” called Johnny Garlic’s to a barbecue and sushi joint (???) called Tex Wasabi’s—most of which have been technically successful, but objectively terrible. He has starred in […]

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‘Extremes’ Is Our Podcast About People Who’ve Lived Through Wild Situations

This article originally appeared on VICE Australia. Extremes is a show about people who’ve lived through extraordinary situations. These are big stories with enormous stakes. There’s no pattern to the stories our guests tell: some are funny, others are sad. Some situations were accidents, others were created deliberately—but all provide a window into human behavior […]

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The ‘Midsommar’ Bear Toys Are the Perfect Gift for the Evil Cultists in Your Life

Last year, back when Ari Aster’s Hereditary was traumatizing audiences at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, A24 had a great idea: Why not scare filmgoers even more by sneaking horrifying dolls from the movie into their hotels? The prank was such a hit that A24 even opened an Etsy shop to sell more of the […]

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David Harbour Reportedly Explained that Netflix ‘Stranger Things 3’ Post-Credits Scene

The third season of Stranger Things has been out for a whopping four days, so it seems only fair to assume that everyone has already seen the entire thing, since how else could one possibly spend a four-day holiday weekend besides barricading yourself indoors and slamming through eight hours of Netflix? But if you are […]

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‘Stranger Things 3’ Is Scarier (and Hornier) Than Ever

The Duffer Brothers have always been masters of déjà vu, constantly reworking the familiar into the new. The duo’s first season of Stranger Things was a fascinating fusion of the canons of the two Steves (King and Spielberg) that somehow managed never to stumble into simple pastiche. It was a post-modern collage of influences and […]

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Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism

At the end of 2016, in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, The Oxford English Dictionary made “post-truth” its word of the year, Merriam-Webster picked “surreal,” and Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia.” Loath to put too fine a point on it, the American Dialect Society went with “dumpster fire.” At least in recent times, official words of […]

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Big Little Lies Gets Tough

In the third episode of the second season of Big Little Lies, an eight-year-old girl named Amabella goes into a “coma” in her school classroom. It’s not really a coma—it’s more like a panic attack—but it is enough to send her mother, Renata Klein (Laura Dern) into a fit. Amabella was physically bullied throughout the […]

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It’s All Love: Sorry, Met Gala, the Love Ball III Is the Invite We Really Want to Score

Billy Porter attends the Love Ball III at Gotham Hall on June 25, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Santiago Felipe The category is: LOVE. There’s camp, and then there’s camp, honey—and, as evidenced by this year’s Met Gala, not everyone gets it. But as Lena Waithe pointed out that night, the LGBTQ community has always […]

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It’s All Love: Sorry, Met Gala, the Love Ball Is the Invite We Really Want to Score

Billy Porter attends the Love Ball III at Gotham Hall on June 25, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Santiago Felipe The category is: LOVE. There’s camp, and then there’s camp, honey—and, as evidenced by this year’s Met Gala, not everyone gets it. But as Lena Waithe pointed out that night, the LGBTQ community has always […]

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