The Atlantic’s Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment

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All the Brown Girls on TVMallika Rao profiles HBO’s latest web-series acquisition, which takes place in a queer, multiracial, multiethnic arts landscape in Chicago.



Science Fiction’s Under-Appreciated Feminist IconGabrielle Bellot celebrates one of the genre’s first protagonists to own her own womanhood.

Why Hollywood Should Pay Attention to DunkirkDavid Sims contemplates 70-millimeter projection as the answer to audiences’ declining interest in 3-D.

To the Bone: The Trouble With Anorexia on FilmSophie Gilbert dives into how the new Netflix movie illustrates how difficult it is to portray a disorder that has fascinated culture for centuries.

War for the Planet of the Apes Is an Epic SlogDavid Sims sits through the series’ third entry, a technical accomplishment but a storytelling drag.

Lady Macbeth Is a Brilliant, Macabre Period DramaDavid Sims delights in William Oldroyd’s debut film that tackles murder and infidelity in rural Victorian England.



Will Is Flagrantly Silly, Glam-Rock ShakespeareSophie Gilbert reviews the new TNT show reinventing 16th-century London as a bacchanal of sex, drugs, and steampunk.

A Shake-Up for the 2017 Emmy NominationsDavid Sims says that with old favorites like Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones out of the running, this year’s awards could get interesting.

The Hidden Message in the Architecture of Steven UniverseJosh Kramer analyzes the show’s creative backdrops and finds that enchantment and imperfection can exist together.

How Will the Game of Thrones Be Won?David Sims questions what will become of Westeros as the show returns for its seventh season.

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Baseball’s Eyes Are on Aaron JudgeRobert O’Connell examines the staying power of the New York Yankees’ star rookie slugger.

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Video Games

The Apocalyptic Appeal of PlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsDavid Sims tests out the online video game selling faster than Minecraft.

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The Weird Scientific Illustrations That Shaped Pop CultureSam Lubell explores the works of a group of artists and researchers that teamed up to discover new species a century ago.