Riot Rap, Sexy Morning TV, and More: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

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When it comes to covering the entertainment world, what you say matters at least as much as how you say it. Pulling some new idea out of the same music, TVs, movies, etc. that everyone else is talking about isn't so easy. So consider this a round-up of the most intriguing thoughts about culture that we've come across in the past week. Or just consider it a smattering of articles that made us think, "Wish we'd done that." Click the links to get the full stories, and let us know what we've missed.


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Spencer Kornhaber is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he edits the Entertainment channel. More

Before coming to The Atlantic, he worked as an editor for AOL's Patch.com and as a staff writer at Village Voice Media's OC Weekly. He has also written for Spin, The AV Club, RollingStone.com, Field & Stream, and The Orange County Register.

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