What Ali Smith’s Novel, ‘Autumn,’ Reminds Us About Aging

Take two people born at opposite ends of the same century, build a bond between them, and let the world rotate and rot around them. That is how Ali Smith constructs her novel Autumn, which came out in the U.K. a year ago. The next installation, Winter, releases today in the U.K., right as the … Continued

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Why Millennials Don’t Know Much About Current Events

Simeon Stylites was a holy man and ascetic who lived for thirty-seven years on a small platform atop a fifty-foot pillar. How did he end up there? After achieving fame among Christians for his feat of abstention from food and water for the forty days of Lent, Simeon tried to hide from pilgrims by fleeing … Continued

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‘Once a Wildcat:’ Millennial Nostalgia for ‘High School Musical’

When Disney Channel premiered High School Musical in January 2006, it shook popular culture like an earthquake. The chart toppers of the previous year, like Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone,” were all but erased from youthful minds and replaced by “Get’cha Head in the Game” and “Breaking … Continued

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When Pop Stars Act: Harry Styles Edition

Christopher Nolan had never tried to tackle a true story until the story of the miracle at Dunkirk obsessed him enough to make the event the subject of a feature length film. But to tell the story, he enlisted Harry Styles, who, as a pop singer, would hardly seem like a “real” actor to audiences … Continued

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Why American Sports Broadcasting Has Turned Into a Freak Show

While ESPN and the other competing sports media outlets cycle back through the single-digit baseball scores and the talking heads yell over each other about the latest in NBA free agency, sports fans might be wondering when American sports and its elite athletes went from competing in high-level games to serving as props in televised … Continued

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Sorry, Chance the Rapper. You’re No Poet

Recently, when Chance the Rapper woke up in his hotel room in Washington, D.C. before heading over to the NPR office to record his Tiny Desk performance, he had an idea: He should share a poem with the NPR audience. There was one problem, however. He had not yet written a poem. So when he … Continued

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Got Rainbow Pride? Only if Facebook Says You Should

During the month of June, you might have noticed that the Internet was covered in rainbows for Pride Month. YouTube proudly displayed the rainbow flag as it promoted a series of LGBTQ videos under the hashtag ProudToBeBrave. YouTube’s homepage also featured a video, “Celebrate Brave Voices this Pride,” which garnered over four million views. A … Continued

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