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How Chris Jackson Is Building a Black Literary Movement

On an unnervingly balmy November day, the scene at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn was restless and expectant. Ta-Nehisi Coates was scheduled to appear on campus for a discussion about his best-selling book, ‘‘Between the World and Me.’’ Evers has a student body that is over 80 percent black, and …

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never …

Comedy

HitFix

'Ready Player One' Is A Visually Dazzling Satire Of Consumer Culture<p>Vince Mancini reviews Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One,' a film so dazzling …

‘The Leftovers’ Returns For Its Second Season, Much Improved But Still Maddening

As I sat, slack-jawed, in my office last week, watching the opening of <i>The Leftovers</i> Season 2, it was hard to shake the feeling that I was being …

Data and charts show few states impose the death penalty.

Carl Staples moved his family to Shreveport, Louisiana a few years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Forty years later, Staples had …

The George Awakens

For fanboys everywhere “The Force Awakens” was supposed to have one happy side effect: it would exile George Lucas from the galaxy he created. In 2012, Lucas sold his company and his homegrown mythology—I think we call it I.P. now—to Disney. To no one’s chagrin, Disney discarded his proposed …

Not prestige, not trash: The rise of “mid-reputable” TV

<i>Mad Men</i> is a prestige drama. <i>Louie</i> is a prestige sitcom. <i>The Newsroom</i>, like it or not, gets the prestige tag too. “Prestige” has become a term of art …

Finding Raffi

I am ashamed to admit this, but the main thing I wondered after meeting Raffi — the beloved children’s entertainer, the one-man Beatles of my …

Best of 2015

1<p>An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>2<p>An isolated Sunday school teacher living with her …

Has politically correct culture gone too far?

Today, I woke up to the startling realization that I’m no longer a child. In the eyes of the law, I haven’t been a kid since I turned 18. In the eyes of the Lord, I grew up around the time I first saw the interrogation scene in Basic Instinct. This year it dawned on me that the truest, most …

Black Lives Matter

The best fiction of 2015

This was the year that fiction made headlines. <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> was a world-altering debut followed by 55 years of silence. In February it was announced that an earlier manuscript had been unearthed in Harper Lee’s archive, and in July <b>Go Set a Watchman</b> (Heinemann) was published amid a storm of …

Books

George Lucas: To feel the true force of ‘Star Wars,’ he had to learn to let it go

NICASIO, Calif. — At the ranch, yes. <i>Yes.</i> Feel it flowing within you. The gate, the road, the hills, the trees, the vineyard. You, him, the house. Luminous beings are we. This was all built in the 1980s with piles of that initial “Star Wars” money, yet the main house was made to look several decades …

Star Wars

The Objectification of Muslims in America

In the wake of terrorist attacks, the United States shows the worst of its everyday bigotry.<p>The first Muslims who came to the United States were likely African slaves. Later, in the middle of the 19th century, Muslims emigrated from the territories that would become Syria and Lebanon and settled in …

Religion

Exclusive: ESPN President John Skipper on His Decision to Shutter Grantland

From the outset of its Bill Simmons–backed launch in 2011, the sports-and-culture site was the subject of no shortage of media speculation. Its closing last month hasn’t done much to change that. For the first time since the shutdown, ESPN’s president talks about the decision to end the site.<p>Say …

Why More Actors Should Be Cast Against Type

Bokeem Woodbine is not an actor you'd necessarily expect to see on <i>Fargo</i>, a very good FX series that happens to be rural and midwestern and therefore …

‘Star Wars’ Lightning Round: The Reveal of the Final ‘Force Awakens’ Poster

<b>Dave Schilling:</b> Everywhere I turn these days, people are talking about the greatness of this new poster for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. <i>Oh man, have</i> …

DRAKE DANCE REVOLUTION: The ‘Hotline Bling’ Video

I have this friend named Felipe.He’s a great man. A strong man. A smart man. And at his most indifferent, still a life of the party. Someone who can …

The Drama Continues at Grantland

As staffers exit the ESPN site, a clearer picture of life there before and after the departure of Bill Simmons is emerging.<p>The defections at Grantland continued today, as popular staff writer <b>Rembert Browne</b> bolted for <i>New York</i>, adding his name to the growing list of staffers who have left the site …

Twilight of the Movie Brats: Steven Spielberg and the Old ‘New’ Hollywood

In 1982, Steven Spielberg sat for an interview with the Australian edition of <i>60 Minutes</i>. Skinny and nebbish, Spielberg looks like the world’s only …

On The Knick Set With Steven Soderbergh, Binge Director

The<br>Binge Director<p>Steven Soderbergh can make a whole season of <i>The Knick</i> almost as fast as you can watch it.<p>Steven Soderbergh is in motion. It’s a warm …

‘Fargo’ Rock City: FX’s Miniseries Takes a Massive Second-Season Leap

<i>Fargo</i>, FX’s Emmy-winning anthology series, returns for a second season at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, October 12. And it’s good. It’s so, so good. The only …

The Price Is Right

What advertising does to TV.<p>Ever since the finale of “Mad Men,” I’ve been meditating on its audacious last image. Don Draper, sitting cross-legged and purring “Ommmm,” is achieving inner peace at an Esalen-like retreat. He’s as handsome as ever, in khakis and a crisp white shirt. A bell rings, and …

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

Audiences Haven't Become Too Sensitive, but Comedians Have

A word of advice to Trevor Noah on his 'Daily Show' debut.<p>In what feels like a previous life, I did stand-up comedy. When people initially find out about this, they usually have one of three responses: They beg me to tell a joke on the spot; they smirk and ask, "Were you any good?"; or they request …

Comedy

On Trevor Noah’s Surprisingly Smooth — and Safe — ‘Daily Show’ Debut

In a year marked by bumpy late-night debuts and exits, Trevor Noah’s performance on his very first <i>Daily Show</i> was remarkably smooth. The new host’s …

‘Empire’ of the Fun: Fox’s Runaway Hit Comes Roaring Back

TV hasn’t seen a phenomenon like <i>Empire</i> in a long time. After debuting with a bang in January, the Fox drama shattered benchmarks for audience growth. …

The Rise of the Sadcom

Zack Handlen at the A.V. Club raised a good point last week when he wrote about what he calls “the art of cynical sincerity.” He focused specifically …

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

Crime