Solange's A Seat At The Table follow-up is nearly finished, will reportedly drop this fall

Solange, the pop artist responsible for 2016's neo-soul masterpiece A Seat At The Table, is the subject of a fascinating, far-ranging new profile in The New York Times. The piece explores her early albums and recent forays into performance art, but it also contains a juicy promise for fans: Her new album is not only…

What are you reading in October? 3 new books by Latinx writers

I usually like to welcome the fall by buying a fresh notebook and a pack of pens (guess I haven’t left my school days behind), but this year, that little ritual was replaced with reading Patrick Flores-Scott’s new novel. American Road Trip is as multifaceted as its protagonist, Mexican-American teen Teodoro (known as…

Chris Gethard on his new book, his old TV show, and not taking the “cult” part of “cult hero” literally

It’s always a good time to talk to Chris Gethard. Hundreds of people regularly vie for that opportunity, waiting for him to tweet the phone number for Beautiful/Anonymous, a podcast that is built entirely of Gethard taking calls from unidentified strangers. But now seems like a particularly good time to talk to the…

John Oliver lays the smackdown on Saudi Arabia's relationship with Trump, John Cena

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver continued his weekly public service of processing seven days’ worth of hateful, dispiriting bullshit into a half-hour of expertly modulated, laugh-punctuated comic outrage, as he took a look at the United States’ long and morally queasy relationship with the oil-rich…

A trio of sweet religious tales sees The Simpsons finding goodness, if not greatness

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We’ve met God before, of course. He of the four fingers, and the booming voice, and the seriously requited love for Ned Flanders (except when he let Ned’s house get wrecked by a hurricane that one time). In The Simpsons’ universe, there is, objectively, a God. Specifically the Judeo-Christian variety, as worshipped…

The Walking Dead shows that it can be a smart, nuanced series (when it wants to be)

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In the first scene of “The Bridge,” Rick Grimes rhapsodizes about the brightness of the future with his quintessential corniness. “We’re not fighting to survive,” Rick tells some unseen figure (though, of course, we know exactly who he’s talking to). His face is half-shadowed, a clear allusion to the dark past he’s…

Charmed reboot vanquishes bad men in its sharp, campy pilot

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The first words uttered in 2018’s Charmed reboot are “this isn’t a witch hunt.” Woody Allen called allegations against Harvey Weinstein—allegations that eventually became formal rape charges in May—a witch hunt. Liam Neeson has used that phrasing when talking about the #MeToo movement, too. But this new witchy CW…

Shameless says goodbye to its first Gallagher sibling in a fitting yet frustrating farewell

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When a main character exits a long-running series, it’s typically a time for reflection: for more than eight seasons, Ian Gallagher has been a critical part of Shameless, and one of the longest-running primetime explorations of homosexuality in the past decade. There are fans of the show who were drawn in by Ian’s…

Supergirl doesn’t pull its political punches in a strong start to season 4

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One of the most fascinating things about watching Supergirl for the past three seasons has been tracing the evolution of its politics. When it launched as a CBS series back in 2015—a month before the debut of Netflix’s Jessica Jones and two years before Wonder Woman’s trailblazing big screen debut—Supergirl was…

Werner Herzog to muse philosophically about meteors for next documentary feature 

Werner Herzog has once again spun his great wheel of Documentary Subjects, soaring past the internet and volcanoes since he already covered those, and it has now apparently landed on “meteors.” According to Variety, Herzog has just announced that his next documentary feature is Fireball, a film about the influence of…

Chris Evans still won't admit that Captain America is going to die in Avengers 4

Earlier this month, Chris Evans tweeted that he had finished his work filming Avengers 4, most likely bringing his time as Captain America in the MCU to an end. He noted that it was an “emotional day to say the least,” which would be an understandable reaction for a guy who was the heart of these massive movies for…