A roundup of the week's biggest culture stories:
This week, we went on the defensive, declaring our allegiance to chick flicks, the Sabbath, Pierce Brosnan, and the Duke basketball team in the face of criticism. But we also picked our share of fights, calling out CBS for story-stealing, criticizing the American copyright system, and declaring the director of Clash of the Titans "so outrageously inept that [he] managed to make Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes look ridiculous."
In music, Janelle Monae released her latest video, a collaboration with Big Boi from Outkast—we explained why it's even more exciting than that Lady Gaga video everyone got so excited about last month. Justin Bieber dominated the pop charts with his second album, My World 2.0, and we gave him some career advice. But maybe no one should listen to us in the first place—we also discussed the diminishing role of of the music critic.
In other literary news, we spoke with the author of a new biography of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, checked in on the progress of the upcoming film version of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, and discussed the newest addition to the phenomenally popular Twilight saga.