Handmaid’s Tale Is Somehow All the More Terrifying as a Hulu Show

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Spread the loveTweet June has a happy life, full of ordinary problems. Her slow Uber makes her late to dinner. She procrastinates by going to a barbecue. Her best friend…


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Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense Is Still the Concert Film All Others Try to Be

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Spread the loveTweetFew films start so inauspiciously as Stop Making Sense. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne walks onto a bare stage at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles wearing a grey…


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Gerrymandering Has a Solution After All. It’s Called Math

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Spread the loveTweetZohar Lazar One thing you have to admire about gerrymandering: It’s got some wicked slang. Gerrymandering is, of course, the dark art of drawing a legislative map that…


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Jeff VanderMeer’s New Novel Makes Dystopia Seem Almost Fun

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Spread the loveTweetWhy is water wet? Is it important to be nice? How do you know if you’re a person, or a fox? Toddlers ask the darndest things—especially when said…


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Take a Trip Inside Coachella’s Psychedelic 120-Foot VR Dome

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Spread the loveTweet This year at Coachella the biggest spectacle wasn’t Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, or even Lady Gaga. It wasn’t Selena Gomez and the Weeknd’s PDA, either. Instead, it was…


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As Streaming Services Boom, SoundCloud Strives for Relevancy

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Spread the loveTweetThe past year has been good to streaming music services. Spotify recently reached 50 million paying subscribers; Apple Music, while growing more slowly, has more than 20 million.…


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While You Were Offline: Sarah Palin Brought Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House

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Spread the loveTweetWhat kind of week has it been? Well, the United Kingdom plunged back into its second general election in two years, Dow Chemical asked the Trump administration to…


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Once the Darling of YouTube, Machinima Still Lives On—For Some

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Spread the loveTweetWhen Red vs. Blue first appeared, it hit the internet right in its sweet spot. Even more impressive was that in 2003, said sweet spot didn’t even exist. Years before…


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Why Magic: The Gathering Beats Poker or Chess Any Day

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Spread the loveTweetThe creators of Magic: The Gathering were painfully aware that their game might be nothing more than a passing fad. So to maintain public interest they created a…


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The Secret to Free Fire’s 62-Minute Shootout? Minecraft

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Spread the loveTweet Lots of gangster movies end in a shoot-out. Director Ben Wheatley’s new tough-guy flick, Free Fire, begins with shots fired—and never stops. The entire movie is a firefight. “It…


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