Megan Garber
Megan Garber
Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering culture.
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Arch Enemies

A new company is bringing the engineering savvy of rocket science to the design of the high-heeled shoe. Can stilettos that are actually comfortable to wear change centuries’ worth of symbolism?

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    Why The Emoji Movie Fails

    The new book The Emoji Code celebrates the democratic ambiguity of pictographs. The movie's conceit stifles it.

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    The Bachelorette and the Empty Redemptions of Reality TV

    The show’s The Men Tell All special confronted Lee Garrett for his racist tweets. Producers treated it as a productive conversation; it was anything but.

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    Game of Thrones: That Girl Was Poison

    In a show deeply concerned with the morality of its killings, toxic potions have been weapons of last resort.

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    Lyanna Mormont and the Slogan Feminism of Game of Thrones

    The show has had a complicated relationship with the women in its world. As it looks toward its conclusion, it is trying to simplify things.

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    What Michiko Kakutani Talked About When She Talked About Books

    After 38 years at The New York Times, the woman whose name became synonymous with book culture in America is retiring from the paper.

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    The Bold Type and the Enduring Appeal of the Women's Magazine

    The Freeform show celebrates “stealth feminism.” So does the publication it portrays.

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    Insecure’s Nuanced Take on Singleness

    The HBO show’s Season 2 premiere treats a breakup not just as an event, but as a kind of physical space.

  • Your Favorite Jane Austen Adaptations

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    Last week we asked readers to share: What’s your favorite Jane Austen-related adaptation? Or, if you prefer: What’s your least favorite? What film versions of the novels fill you with joy, or wonder, or ire? What TV shows or web series do you find compelling and true to Austen’s insights?

    And: You all came through! We got several votes of enthusiasm for books like Amanda Grange’s novel Mr. Darcy’s Diary and Jo Baker’s novel Longbourn, movies like Austenland, TV shows like Lost in Austen, and web series like Jane Austen’s Fight Club (for the simple but important reason that, as Lynn Gray, of Harstene Island, Washington, explains, “it’s outrageously funny”).  

    We also got many, many votes for Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s 1995 adaptation of Emma. Which, as Cassie Myers of Stanford, California, explained, “captures the emotions and wit of the books, the actors are fantastic, and it reminds me why her stories are so universal.”

    Or, as Tana, from Denver, put it in explaining her enthusiasm for the story of Cher Horowitz, Beverly Hills resident:

    I’m not a Jane Austen fan at all—I found her novels tiring and the endless obsession with class and marriage boring (admittedly, this was as a teen. I haven’t yet revisited, and have a sneaking suspicion I’d find Pride and Prejudice tolerable today). All of that said, Clueless is fun! It was released when I was 10, and was bright and shiny enough to enthrall those of us not yet in the race for soulmates. Cher and Dionne’s “Whatever” (and Amber’s associated hand gesture) didn’t just pass through our vocabulary but entrenched itself. We wanted their closets and their cell phones.

    As I got older, it’s retained that charm and added new layers, as we look back at the early careers of some of our current favorite actors. Jeremy Sisto is awful and perfect as Elton, and I can’t think of or hear The Cranberries without thinking of him. Paul Rudd is every guy you meet at a liberal arts college. Breckin Meyer!! And Brittany Murphy, beautiful, charming, hummingbird Brittany Murphy, whose Tai is so resonant and so funny that every time she’s on screen I’m laughing and crying—because she reminds me of what we lost when Murphy died. Donald Faison is luminescent. And Alicia Silverstone got Cher.

    I remember the movie being marketed as the zany adventures of a ditzy blonde and her narcissistic rich LA friends—and it’s definitely that but it’s so much more. There is a wellspring of good laughs and good vibes—and some of the finest men collected in one place onscreen. Altogether, I think this is my favorite because it doesn’t feel like Austen—it isn’t taxing or laborious, but its moral and vision are strong.

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    How 'I Do' Became Performance Art

    Thirty years ago, with the help of a massive coffee table book, the American wedding theatrical complex was born.

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    Colin Firth's Shirt: Jane Austen and the Rise of the Female Gaze

    She died 200 years ago. But her writing fits perfectly into the culture of the current moment.

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    Game of Thrones: About That Cameo

    Wait, is that—?

  • Tell Us: What’s the Best Jane Austen Adaptation?

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    “The first rule of Fight Club is: One never mentions Fight Club. No corsets, no hat pins—and no crying.”

    That’s Lizzie Bennet, dictating to her fellow fighters the rules that govern an improbable collective: Jane Austen’s Fight Club. The club, portrayed in a viral YouTube video first posted in 2012, features a collection of Jane Austen’s most notable heroines (Lizzie, Fanny, Emma, Elinor, Marianne) slapping each other, hitting each other, kicking each other, swinging off trees, flipping their way over well-manicured lawns, and in general acting like a bunch of punch-drunk characters in a Chuck Palahniuk novel. Except … lady characters. Feminist characters. Characters who, despite being boosted of breast and empired of waist, can totally fend for themselves. “You’re very clever, aren’t you?” an anonymous man asks Lizzie. “How’s that going for you, being clever?”

    Lizzie smiles a knowing smile. “Splendidly,” she replies.

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    What Does 'Community' Mean?

    The term’s evolution makes a nice metaphor for the rise of American individualism—and the decline of trust in American institutions.

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    When Hatred Is a Joke

    On Sunday, the president posted a video making light of violence. The move was both highly unusual and completely at home in this turbulent political moment.

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    How to Be a Human Leader

    A collection of highly successful women have some tips for developing that most fundamental and crucial of skills: speaking up.

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    The Perils of Meritocracy

    It’s one of the most loved ideas in American life. Perhaps, though, it should be one of the most resented.

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    Mika Brzezinski and Donald Trump's Penchant for Blood Feuds

    American pop culture has worked to normalize women’s bleeding. The American president has missed that memo.

  • ABC

    The Bachelorette Reveals Itself for What It Is

    The show, this season, with exploitative plotlines that treat racism as entertainment, is becoming harder and harder to defend.

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    The Most Pessimistic Episode of Veep Yet

    The show’s Season 6 finale highlighted the sometimes suffocating nature of American politics.

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    Face/Off Is 20 Years Old

    It’s bold. It’s absurd. It’s about, literally, the swapping of face-skin. It might be one of the best action movies of all time.