The End Is Nigh for — The Leftovers Sophie Gilbert looks ahead to the third and final season of the HBO show, which is still the most surprising and moving series on TV. — Better Call Saul’s Season 3 Finds Drama in the Details Spencer Kornhaber discusses the Breaking Bad spinoff, which highlights how real heroism and villainy take concentration. What — Crashing Got Right About Stand-Up David Sims watches the season finale of the HBO series, which continually confounded expectations. — The Good Fight and the Perils of Folksiness Megan Garber analyzes the lessons that the Good Wife spinoff has taken from its predecessor. — The Get Down and the Show That Could’ve Been Spencer Kornhaber laments Part 2 of Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series, which continues to squander great material and talent. — Saturday Night Live’s Sincere Ode to Sectional Couches David Sims praises the bizarre brilliance of the Louis C.K.-helmed sketch. The Trouble With — Homeland’s Political Realism Sophie Gilbert writes that the show’s sixth season revealed a series trying desperately to keep up with the news, and sacrificing coherence as a result.
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Art How Alice Neel’s Sharp, Compassionate Eye Painted Harlem— Lola Adesioye describes how the artist’s portraits show a keen and democratic attention to detail. Why Wall Street’s Charging Bull Sculptor Has No Real Case Against Fearless Girl—Kriston Capps explains why an argument based on the Visual Artists Rights Act is unlikely to hold up in the courts.
Podcasts Was the Art of — S-Town Worth the Pain? Jessica Goudeau considers how a decades-old literary argument adds insight to the debate over the popular nonfiction podcast.
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Sports Francisco Lindor Is Baseball’s Future— Robert O’Connell argues that the Cleveland Indians shortstop may be the key to attracting younger viewers for the sport.
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Books My Brilliant (Doomed) Friend— Sophie Gilbert traces Julie Buntin’s novel Marlena against a string recent books to frame a coming-of-age narrative around an intoxicating teenage girl. The Powerful Pessimism of — What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky Amy Weiss-Meyer remarks on the darkness of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut story collection.
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Media ‘I’m Moving You to BCC’— Megan Garber asks etiquette experts about the small mercies we can grant each other over email.
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Music Kendrick Lamar’s Complicated Political Score-Settling— Spencer Kornhaber reveals how the rapper’s album Damn takes aim at Fox News, Donald Trump, and human sin.