Ghostbusters and Intro to Diddy: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

By Spencer Kornhaber and Katie Kilkenny

Let us know what we missed.

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Rise of Post-Plot Cinema
Steven Zeitchick | The Los Angeles Times
"Guardians seems to be the logical convergence point of two distinct trends that have been growing for a number of years now — in which spectacle on the one hand (Godzilla, Transformers et al.) and quippy reference on the other take pride of place, effectively crowding out traditional storytelling."

Why the Summer Music Festival Is About to Burst
Grayson Haver Currin | Wondering Sound
"The supply of festivals is at an all-time high, but no one knows if that’s necessarily true of demand."

Reboot Ghostbusters. In Fact, Reboot Everything.
Adam Sternbergh | Vulture
"Personally, I’d love to see an all-female Ghostbusters. I’d also love to see a Ghostbusters set in Victorian England, with everyone in top hats and waistcoats. For that matter, I would love to see a steampunk Ghostbusters."
 
A Raised Voice: How Nina Simone Turned the Movement into Music
Claudia Roth Pierpont | The New Yorker
"As the sixties progressed, the feelings she displayed—pain, lacerating anger, the desire to burn down whole cities in revenge—made her seem at times emotionally disturbed and at other times simply the most honest black woman in America."
 
Sam Borden | The New York Times
"Donovan, more than any other player in American soccer history, was his country’s heartbeat."
 
The Unfixable Enigma of Twin Peaks
Keith Phipps | The Dissolve
"Looking back, the whole Twin Peaks phenomenon feels like, well, something out of Twin Peaks: a blue rose, a Show From Another Place, a visitation from a stranger world that made a deep impression before vanishing and leaving those who saw it to puzzle over what it all meant."
 
Intro to Diddy: Are Courses that Focus on Pop Culture Enriching for Students or Colleges?
Jackson Connor | The Village Voice
"The scathing response to Miley Cyrus's performance at last year's MTV Video Music Awards—including criticisms of her body to her haircut, her outstretched tongue, and her apparent appropriation of black culture—offers plenty of material for an intensive, five-week sociology course."
 
Decline of the Curve
Pat Jordan | Sports on Earth
"In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when the Unfair One became extinct. Who killed it? What killed it?"
 
Slaves of Happiness Island: Abu Dhabi and the Dark Side of High Art
by Molly Crabapple | Vice
"The West’s museums lie atop metaphoric graveyards."
 

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