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Video Game Companies Want to Reflect Trump’s America—They Just Don’t Want to Talk About It

The video game industry has resolved to avoid political controversy at all costs. The major developers and publishers have declined to speak openly …

Call of Duty

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and reengage with mainstream culture.<p>It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention …

Faith

Tucker Carlson Is Hurting America Again

As a demagogic president seeks to escape accountability by attacking the press, a Fox News host is irresponsibly echoing his sweeping attacks on mainstream outlets.<p>Last week, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, or else the eponymous populist demagogue that he plays on TV, declared on <i>Tucker Carlson</i> …

Journalism

The most harassed women online share why they’re not logging off

<i>Editor's Note: This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet. The internet can be dark and full of</i> …

Feminism

Control is a ritual-obsessed, supernatural action game from the creator of Quantum Break

For the past few years, Remedy Entertainment has toyed with different ways to tell its stories. Its thriller game <i>Alan Wake</i> played out through episodic installments, not unlike a TV show. Sci-fi action-adventure game <i>Quantum Break</i> took the idea of television more literally, with a live-action series …

Xbox One

Female Gamers Band Together to Battle Harrassment & Sexism in Counter-Strike

Their Group Is Called the “Bully Hunters”<p>Female gamers deal with alot of grief especially during online play. Many of them have recounted experiences …

The Workplace That Susan Fowler Wrought

On February 19, 2017, a site-reliability engineer named Susan Fowler published a blog post on her personal website titled “Reflecting on One Very …

Sexual Harassment

— The women of Wakanda ROAR — A sit-down with the female warriors of Black Panther

<i>Watch our full interview with the heroines of</i> <b>Black Panther</b> <i>now on PeopleTV. Go to PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile</i> …

Marvel Universe

Gabriel Garcia Marquez archive put online for free by University of Texas

About half of the 27,000-page archive of the late Nobel prize winner has been published on the internet by the University of Texas. The move was …

Literature

Teenage angst, superpowers and death come alive in Marvel’s Runaways trailer

And some creepy, cultish rituals<p>A new teaser trailer for <i>Marvel’s Runaways</i>, Hulu’s first superhero show from the comics giant, elaborates on the teenage angst and deadly situation that the first trailer teased.<p>Death, kidnappings, demonic possession and cult rituals all come to play in the new …

Leaked report, citing concerns of retaliation over ‘perceptions of police brutality against African Americans’, prompts fears of crackdown on activists<p>The US government has declared “black identity extremists” a violent threat, according to a leaked report from the FBI’s counter-terrorism …

Civil Rights

Keepers of the Secrets

I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there, one morning …

St. Louis protesters hold ‘White Allies Only’ rally

Protesters chanting “white silence is violence” marched through downtown St. Louis Thursday night for a “White Allies Only” rally in the wake of the …

A new report shows the justice system is stacked against black and ethnic minority defendants

David Lammy’s review of the way black and ethnic minority defendants are treated by the criminal justice system had already produced some important …

Crime

At CNN, Retracted Story Leaves an Elite Reporting Team Bruised

Late on a Monday afternoon in June, members of CNN’s elite investigations team were summoned to a fourth-floor room in the network’s glassy headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.<p>A top CNN executive, Terence Burke, had startling news: three of their colleagues, including the team’s executive editor, …

Jobs aren’t the solution to America’s problems—they’re the cause

Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries—since, say, 1650—we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labor, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating …

Netflix teams with “La La Land” director for multilingual musical miniseries

<b>Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land" (Summit Entertainment)</b><p>The streaming leader is working with Damien Chazelle for the multilingual eight-episode musical series “The Eddy”<p>Gabriel Bell<p>September 1, 2017 4:31pm (UTC)<p>According to Variety, Netflix has signed on to produce and broadcast a new …

8 fantasy novels to read while you wait for the next season of Game of Thrones

More fantastic worlds to dive into<p>The latest season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> is coming to an end this weekend, which means that you’re going to need to get your epic fantasy fix somewhere else, possibly until 2019. You could go back and re-read the entire <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series, but you could also …

Patty Jenkins gave a great response to James Cameron’s dumb Wonder Woman comments

‘He is not a woman’<p>With a filmography full of characters like <i>Aliens</i>’ Ellen Ripley and <i>The Terminator</i>’s Sarah Connor, James Cameron is often credited with making movies that feature strong female leads. When recently asked about the tremendous success of <i>Wonder Woman</i>, however, his response came off as …

Charlottesville Is the America That Donald Trump Promised

Hate has always existed in America. This president made it fashionable again.<p>A rally organized by an array of loosely-affiliated white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia began last night with a eerie, torch-lit march through the deserted-for-the-summer UVA campus. It ended in …

Why Are There No New Major Religions?

The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a “baby religion” off the ground.<p>Cipinang prison stands like a huge fortress in East Jakarta, its massive walls and guard towers separating the city’s bustling traffic from the criminals held within its gates. I visited in …

Religion

10 Books From The Fantasy Genre You Probably Haven't Read Yet But Need To

Fantasy is one of those genres with a couple of heavy hitters. You can hate fantasy as much as you want, but you still know that Hogwarts is a school …

Books

The End of the Day by Claire North, The Book of Bera by Suzie Wilde, From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters, The Apartment by SL Grey, Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon<p>Claire North, the pseudonym of Catherine Webb, has earned a reputation for tackling serious subjects with a lightness of touch, enviable …

Books

Sci-Fi Sundays: The Original Science Fiction Stories, March 1957

This is such a wonderful cover. The look on the lady's face, the ridiculous zero-G fighting, and the bullets in the ray-gun are all fantastic. As I …

For black women, The Handmaid's Tale's dystopia is real—and telling

The way people are talking about The Handmaid’s Tale—Hulu’s buzzy TV series—reveals the limits of popular feminism<p><i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, a …

How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

If you have never rolled your eyes at a minor character, who has ideas above their station, and then found yourself shouting, through your laptop …

Creative Writing

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Margaret Atwood Just Schooled Us All On What '1984' Is Really About

Maybe the ending is actually... optimistic?<p>As you turned the last page of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i>, were you overwhelmed by a surge of fatalistic angst? The hero (uh, spoiler alert) has lost his quest to overthrow the totalitarian regime against which he had rebelled, and that seems to be that: No hope, …

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

The son of a minister, Ohene Asare grew up poor. His family immigrated from Ghana when he was 8 and settled down in West Bridgewater, Mass., a town 30 miles south of Boston, where he was one of the few black students at the local public school. “It was us and this Jewish family,” Asare remembered. …

Housing