Marc Jacobs and Melrose Place: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about entertainment


Changing My Mind About Marc Jacobs’s Grunge Collection
Cathy Horyn | The Cut
"Why did so many critics allow no room on the American runways for a look that was legitimately an expression of impertinent new values—about alternative beauty, unaffected glamour, anti-luxury?"

Madrose Place: What Mad Men and Melrose Have in Common
Molly Haskell | Grantland
"Mad Men is a subtle melodrama, and Melrose Place is a campy riot. They’re both wildly entertaining, showing us ugly truths about human behavior but seducing us anyway."

Inside the Weird World of Twitter’s Celebrity-Impersonating “Parody” Accounts
Jason Bailey | Flavorwire
"What kind of a personality is drawn to this kind of activity—to taking on a celebrity’s identity, and living in it?"

Everything I Needed to Know About Writing, I Learned From Paid In Full
Tim Carmody | Medium
"Eric B and Rakim’s album Paid In Full is ... that rarest of things: a collection of amazing writing, by a writer, for writers, about writing, that you actually enjoy. It doesn’t feel like work."

The Nerd Hunter
Stephen Rodrick | The New Yorker
"Jones has helped give rise to a new kind of American comedy."

Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Wants To Be More Than A Myth
Jonathan Valania | Buzzfeed
"Most people don’t know it, but there are actually five, not four, time zones in the United States: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, and Isaac time."

That Time the Avengers Battled Scientology
Abraham Riesman | Vulture
"The turn of the millennium was a weird period for superhero comics."

Goodbye to Language Doesn’t Mean Goodbye to Comprehension
Andrew Lapin | The Dissolve
"Seeing a film when you are the only person who can’t understand the dialogue is like listening to a song with the vocal track cut out."

For All of Tidal's Talk of Transparency, We Still Have No Idea How They're Helping Artists
Gus Turner | Complex
"The lossless feature isn't an upgrade so much as it is a proxy for the more difficult conversation that Tidal doesn't want to have. They don't want to get into it with anyone about fairness and competition."