The Schlock and Gore of — Blood Drive Sophie Gilbert watches SyFy’s new grindhouse drama. The Marvelous Specificity of — Oh, Hello Comes to Netflix David Sims explains how John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s Broadway revue about two embittered, aging Manhattanites has found an even bigger stage.
Books Running Through the Pain— Sophie Gilbert reads Catriona Menzies-Pike’s book The Long Run, which delves into the history of women’s marathoning while considering the sport’s impact on her own life after unimaginable loss. Finding the Emotional Truth in Horror Writing— Joe Fassler talks to the novelist Victor LaValle about how dark material hits hardest when it’s balanced out with wonder, as part of The Atlantic ’s ongoing “By Heart” series. What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Unruly’ Women— Megan Garber explores a new book that offers nuanced appreciations of celebrities, from Serena to Madonna to Hillary to Caitlyn, who refused to know their place.
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Music Lorde Is Older But Somehow Less Jaded— Spencer Kornhaber delights in the New Zealand singer’s highly anticipated sophomore album.
Katy Perry’s Panopticon of Fun and Tears— Spencer Kornhaber watches the pop star take reality TV’s uncanny appeal to a hypnotic extreme in her 96-hour live stream. Bob Dylan Cheats Again?— Spencer Kornhaber dissects allegations that the singer’s Nobel lecture may have lifted from SparkNotes. Will Online Democracy Fix the Grammys?— Spencer Kornhaber weighs in on the new rule changes from the Recording Academy.
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Sports Five Takeaways from Nadal’s French Open Victory— Arnav Adhikari analyzes the significance of the Spaniard’s 10th Roland Garros win, and what it means for the rest of the tennis season.
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Theatre The Misplaced Outrage Over a Trumpian Julius Caesar—Sophie Gilbert reacts to the recent controversy surrounding the Public Theater’s staging of the Shakespeare play.