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Maya Angelou: A Titan Who Lived as Though There Was No Tomorrow
Gary Younge | The Guardian
With her passing, America has not just lost a talented Renaissance woman and gifted raconteur. It has lost a connection to its recent past that had helped it make sense of its present.
Faking Cultural Literacy
Karl Taro Greenfield | The New York Times
"It’s never been so easy to pretend to know so much without actually knowing anything."
Mad Men, Season 7, "Waterloo": She's an Astronaut
Phillip Maciak | Los Angeles Review of Books
"As a number of people have said on Twitter, this would’ve been a fine series finale, and, were this Lost, it would be. But it’s not, and the rise of McCann means that the show has something else on its mind—it’s time to talk about the island."
50 Cent Is My Life Coach
Zach Baron | GQ
"I'd come to hold up a mirror, get 50 Cent to talk about himself, his dreams, his fears, his regrets. Except here he was—enthusiastically inquiring about my dreams, my fears, my regrets—holding up the mirror first."
Binge-Watching Picks for Edward Snowden
James Poniewozik | Time
"It was, ironically, a more sophisticated framing of the surveillance issue than the one NBC gave its own interview, as it invited viewers to make black-and-white judgments with tweets hashtagged #patriot or #traitor. The Good Wife, on the other hand, challenged its viewers’ certainty, asking them whether #patriot or #traitor depends which side of the webcam you’re on. Edward Snowden, you might want to add it to your queue."