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Oh! You Kid!
Jody Rosen | Slate
"If we listen closely to 'I Love, I Love, I Love My Wife—But Oh! You Kid!' we may hear a surprising lesson: that the culture-quaking shocks, the salaciousness and transgression we associate with blues and jazz and rock and hip-hop, first arrived in American pop many years earlier."
It All Began With O.J.
Lili Anolik | Vanity Fair
"The chase, which happened 20 years ago this month—June 17, 1994—happened because a woman and a man, Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25, had been brutally slain. Though nobody knew it at the time, out of that horrifying crime something new was born, or maybe “spawned” is a better word: reality TV.
Fire in the Belly
Logan Hill | Los Angeles Magazine
"It used to be that almost the only women who appeared pregnant on set were made to look that way. These days, as the clout of certain female stars has grown, producers have perfected all sorts of sophisticated tricks to keep actresses working, at times even using body doubles and computer graphics."
The Teen Whisperer
Margaret Talbot | The New Yorker
"In a different era, The Fault in Our Stars could have been that kind of cultish book. For many young people today, however, reading is not an act of private communion with an author whom they imagine vaguely, if at all, but a prelude to a social experience—following the author on Twitter, meeting other readers, collaborating with them on projects, writing fan fiction."