Tag: Culture

Netflix reportedly fired an organizer of trans employee walkout sparked by Dave Chappelle controversy

Netflix has fired a leader of the company’s trans employee resource group helping organize a walkout on Oct. 20, The Verge reports Friday. The company has been embroiled in controversy surrounding comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special The Closer, in which he jokes about transgender people and the LGBTQ community. The resource group has thus been “encouraging trans […]

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An ode to Adele’s hands

Adele is back, and so are her hands. They flick. They twist. They push. They grasp. They dip in and out of invisible waves out her car window. In one especially lovely moment, they settle on her knee but can’t seem to hold still, involuntarily tapping out the next beat of the ballad.  The single […]

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Succession’s Third Season Exposes the Dark Soul of a Corporation

Clearly high all the time but hiding it, Kendall barrels forth on his quest to take down Logan on a mission that, almost as soon as the big moment has passed, seems ill-conceived. Jeremy Strong is perfect as the dark Kendall. Clearly high all the time but hiding it, he barrels forth on his quest […]

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Late night hosts wonder if Pelosi wrote Trump’s election threat, explain Fox News’ vaccine mandate war on Christmas

New research shows that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are more effective than Johnson & Jonhson’s and that “during the pandemic, Americans drank and smoked more, and exercised less,” Jimmy Fallon said on Thursday’s Tonight Show, joking that both stories can be found in “Things You Don’t Need to Be a Scientist to Know” magazine.  In Washington, […]

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Dune should’ve been less Dune-y

Of all the great Hollywood curses — from the making of The Exorcist to the ill fates that befall Superman actors — perhaps none occupies the imagination as much as the doomed efforts to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune.  David Lynch’s universally maligned attempt in 1984 is remembered as one of the most spectacular box office […]

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The New Dune is the Adaptation Frank Herbert’s Novel Deserves

Herbert’s protagonists, many of whom possess heightened mental abilities, frequently think to themselves using italicized sentences like this, a device Lynch replicates with constant, dreary voiceovers. Villeneuve, rather than boring us with internal monologues, has his actors convey their inner thoughts through body language. At the same time, unlike Lynch, he depicts the various otherworldly […]

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Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Fallon critique William Shatner’s space trek, sans sexy ‘green women’

“This morning in Texas, Blue Origin — the company founded by Jeff Bezos — Prime-delivered their second group of civilian passengers into space and back,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Wednesday’s Kimmel Live. “And guess who was in the rocket? T.J. Hooker himself, William Shatner.” He argued you shouldn’t “launch a 90-year-old man into space,” because […]

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Jon Gruden’s Emails Are a Symptom of the NFL’s Cultural Rot

Gruden’s role within the ESPN Extended Universe was that of the network’s on-call coach: He hosted, for instance, Gruden’s QB Camp, where he worked with young quarterbacks. Above all, he was the audience’s stand-in for the coaches on the field who were making the calls on which he was commenting. It was during his tenure at […]

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John Le Carré’s Genius for Surveillance

If the Smiley novels are centered around the Circus’s senior ranks on the “fifth floor,” the post-wall novels focus on the amateurs whom the Circus draws into its fold. There is Barley Blair, the alcoholic bookseller in The Russia House who sojourns to post-Soviet Russia to cultivate a source in the government physics department; there […]

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Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers laugh at Trump’s low-energy Iowa rally, Capitol riot crowd size fixation

“Happy Indigenous Peoples or Columbus Day, depending upon which cable news network you watch,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday’s Kimmel Live. “It’s weird to celebrate these on the same day — it’s like celebrating herpes on Valentine’s Day.” “Donald Trump is the subject of yet another tell-all book about his time in office, this one […]

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CIA headquarters sells CIA-branded swag at its gift shop, has a ‘belt-fed machine guy’–style hot dog machine

The CIA has a leaker, but nobody at the agency’s Langley headquarters will probably care about this disclosure of clearly unclassified secrets. David McCloskey, a former CIA analysts, starts by explaining in a CNN op-ed that he, like many people, loves a good spy story, but “if Hollywood or spy thrillers are your primary source on […]

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Netflix’s Squid Game could be inspiring a wave of Korean language learning

If you’ve already finished binge-watching Netflix’s South Korean hit Squid Game, try filling the nine episode-sized void with a Korean language course — especially since it seems a bunch of other fans already have, writes Reuters. In fact, tutoring services have reported a spike in interest in learning Korean since Squid Game’s debut, “underscoring a growing […]

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Why Norma McCorvey Switched Sides

Driven not by ideals so much as by pain and anger, Norma McCorvey was prone to outbursts, and frequently off message. Her conversion brought a lot of pain, especially for Gonzales, as McCorvey, over time, began to profess that homosexuality now appalled her and “that she herself had never really been gay.” But perhaps no […]

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John Oliver tackles viral misinformation in immigrant communities, but also from his ‘business daddy’ AT&T

The main story on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight was about online misinformation, specifically “misinformation that spreads amid immigrant diaspora communities,” John Oliver said. Recent leaked Facebook data show that “while more than 90 percent of Facebook’s monthly users are outside the U.S. and Canada, when it comes to the hours the company spends on monitoring misinformation, last […]

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Jonathan Franzen, America’s Next Top Moralist

Crossroads brings back the mystery and dispenses with many of the manners. While the characters sport painter’s pants and long hair, and occasionally allude to “women’s lib” and Gloria Steinem, the novel doesn’t investigate the social world of the 1970s. Franzen has shifted his attention to more existential concerns: How can people be good if they’re […]

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Late night hosts sweat new details on Trump’s schemes to steal the election, wish Fox News a happy 25th

“Earlier today Senate leaders agreed to a short-term debt ceiling increase!” Stephen Colbert cheered on Thursday’s Late Show. “This means America will remain solvent and free from financial calamity — until Dec. 3.” But “we almost didn’t have a government to save,” he added, turning to a new Senate report on former President Donald Trump’s concerted attempts to […]

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Why Did Abdulrazak Gurnah Win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah moved to the United Kingdom as a refugee after a military coup in 1964 that led to the persecution of citizens of Arabic origin. He has lived in the United Kingdom ever since and has written exclusively in English, his second language. (Gurnah is a native speaker of Swahili.) His first […]

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Why Did Abdulrazak Gurnah Win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah moved to the U.K. as a refugee after a military coup in 1964 that led to the persecution of citizens of Arabic origin. He has lived in Britain ever since and has written exclusively in English, his second language. (Gurnah is a native speaker of Swahili.) His first novel, Memory of […]

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No Time to Die Breaks Down the Glamour of James Bond

But a mysterious explosion scuppers the couple’s plans, and James, feeling betrayed, leaves Madeleine. Cut to five years later, and we see a single Bond living in retirement on an island in the Caribbean, then lured out of it by his old friend in the CIA, Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright). The mission Leiter sends him […]

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Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Fallon goof on Biden’s $1 trillion coin, other budget dilemmas

“The big story today is all the stuff that might possibly happen soon, or not,” Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday’s Late Show. “Take the debt ceiling. If Congress doesn’t raise our country’s borrowing limit by Oct. 18, the entire American economy will have a cataclysmic meltdown. It would be an easily avoidable, unthinkable act of […]

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Spoilers are good

Whenever I’m invited to the movies, I have a ritual. I find the proposed film on Wikipedia, and, if a full plot summary has been posted, I read all the spoilers. If the summary isn’t there yet, I search for it elsewhere, checking through reviews, Reddit discussions, anything that might tell me what happens in […]

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Late night hosts recap the Facebook flameout fallout, spoil the newest juicy Trump tell-all

Monday’s six-hour Facebook outage affected people all over the world, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who lost $6 billion, Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday’s Late Show. “$6 billion! Just 115 more to go and he’ll have to sell his old stuff on Facebook Marketplace.” He reluctantly turned to the newest tell-all involving former President Donald Trump, […]

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