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The Silence in Kelly Clarkson’s Call for ‘Action’ on Mass Shootings
The script for what happens after a mass shooting—the thoughts, the prayers, the arguments, the forgetting—has come to, even, include mourning that such a script exists at all. ...
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<em>Westworld</em>: A Cut Above
Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. Spencer Kornhaber: For all the queasy bloodshed and ...
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Fight Songs: Can Political Debate Make Good Music?
ABC executives now say that the next season of Roseanne will focus more on “family” and less on “politics,” though one of the big lessons of the show ...
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What ‘The Age of the Twink’ Actually Means
The New York Times article, “Welcome to the Age of the Twink,” that Twitter has gleefully torn apart this week is a bit too slight to sustain a ...
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Rita Ora’s ‘Girls’: The Same-Sex Pop of the Past
When girls kiss girls in pop music, it’s for a drunken taste of chapstick. Or out of jealousy for an ex-boyfriend. Or to shock a TV-viewing audience. Whether ...
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The New Prince of Pablum
It’s been said that the concept of the “guilty pleasure” is outdated. When cool-kid guitar-slinger Ryan Adams covers Taylor Swift’s plastic pop, when the Pulitzers lend their rarefied ...
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Spotify’s Lonely Stance Against Alleged Abuse
“With all artists who have challenges, I believe it’s about the music,” Thea Mitchem, a New York radio programmer, told Billboard recently about her station’s decision to play ...
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<i>Westworld</i>: Ride the Tiger
Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. Spencer Kornhaber: Samurais, tigers, and flamethrowers, oh my! ...
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<i>Westworld</i>: What’s in ‘The Valley Beyond’?
Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. Spencer Kornhaber: “Up until this point, the stakes ...
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The Cheerful Radicalism of Janelle Monáe
Just how freaky is Janelle Monáe? Many of the Atlanta pop visionary’s lyrics tackle that mystery, but her most telling answer might be in her 2013 single “Q.U.E.E.N.” ...
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