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The Last Day of the Old NBA
Jack Hamilton | Slate
"The NBA’s new commissioner has been on the job for less than three months, but in banning Sterling from the league for life, fining him $2.5 million (the maximum allowed by the league), and taking steps to force him to sell the team that he’s controlled for 33 years, Silver has made a stirring display of what the NBA might look like under his leadership."
The Redemption of the Hipster Punch Line
Jesse David Fox | Vulture
"Partly in spite of and because of this hackneying, a new, better, more lived-in hipster joke arose like a phoenix from the ashes of oh-so-many American Spirit cigarettes and redeemed not only hipster-based comedy but also potentially hipsters themselves."
Patrick Hruby | Sports on Earth
"[Tom] Hardy's film came out as planned. Made a bundle. ... Moviegoers cared that Hardy looked the part, but they didn't feel angry and betrayed over what it allegedly took to get that look. Frankly, I'm starting to think they have the right idea."
The Oldest Story: Toward a Theory of a Dead Girl Show
Alice Bolin | Los Angeles Review of Books
"One question, 'Who killed Laura Palmer?,' spawned a genre — Veronica Mars, The Killing, Pretty Little Liars, Top of the Lake, and True Detective are notable descendants of Twin Peaks. All Dead Girl Shows begin with the discovery of the murdered body of a young woman."