Why Are There So Many Boxing Movies?
Sam Schube | The Ringer
“The boxing movie is perfectly engineered to straddle the line between prestige and populism. Add it all up: If a boxing movie isn’t about the triumph of the human spirit (and it usually is), it’s about the agony of defeat. No matter the supporting cast, it is ultimately the story of one man (or woman) literally fighting the enemy. Sometimes that enemy is an opponent; just as often, it’s the fighter’s own demons.”
Martha Stewart, Comedy Genius?
Ian Crouch | The New Yorker
“When the real Martha Stewart has been funny over the years, the humor has mostly seemed to be an unintentional byproduct of her seriousness. There is, for instance, a kind of demented hilarity in the monthly calendar that leads each issue of Stewart’s magazine, in which she publicly plots out her plans to make holiday wreaths, harvest her pumpkins, or oil the saddles for her horses.”
Michael Chabon Is an Underdog on Top of the World
Doree Shafrir | Buzzfeed
“Still, Chabon’s surprise and wonder at going viral in 2016 seemed in no small way to be the appropriate culmination of a lifetime of feeling like the outsider. Having a bestselling novel has, of course, its own potency, but there is a rush to going viral that he had never experienced before. More than 40 years after the failure of the Columbia Comic Book Club, Chabon has found communities and clubs where he wasn’t even looking for them.”