Taxes, Twitter, and 'Treme': The Week in Culture


The Atlantic

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.

Thursday was Tax Day, and we reflected on how the IRS went after boxer Joe Louis and transformed the sport's schedule. We also called out baseball for being too slow.

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.