A roundup of the week's biggest culture stories:
Treme debuted on HBO last weekend, and we continued the coverage we started last week, examining the show's take on race and class in post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as highlighting the series' impressive soundtrack. Readers expressed their opinions about the show in a Treme open thread.
That wasn't the only TV premiere this week—Glee came back after a four-month hiatus. We posed some questions about the new season, then assembled a panel of musical theater buffs to weigh in on the show. And in other television news, former Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien announced his comeback to TV—he'll be heading up a new show on TBS starting in the fall.
The Pulitzer prize-winners were announced on Tuesday, and we pointed to two especially deserving recipients. In other books news, the classic tween series The Baby-sitter's Club was re-released with a modern twist—we wondered if today's Twilight-obsessed youths would be interested. We also went over all the different ways you can read the new Obama biography, talked to the creator of an Islam-inspired comics series, and had a conversation with short story-writer Deborah Eisenberg.
Music festival Coachella started on Friday—we offered a guide to the weekend's best acts, from well-known musicians like Jay-Z and MGMT to more overlooked bands like Little Dragon and Old Crow Medicine Show. We also rounded up the best contributions to the Twitter #songprequels trendlet and sang the praises of Pogo, a music producer who spins music out of movie clips.
There was also bad news in the music world this week. Type O Negative lead singer Peter Steele died, and we explained why even if you'd never heard of him, you should appreciate his legacy.