Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black peaks in its brilliant, brutal fourth season

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Pre-premiere renewals were once a big deal in the television industry, the ultimate demonstration of a network’s investment in a television show, ratings and reviews be damned. But committing to another season before a season premiere has become so commonplace, it no longer packs the symbolic punch it once did. Leave…

Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015’s written word (so far)

Publishers may be scrambling to cover their loses as digital innovations bring books to new formats, but that doesn’t mean the quality of stories has diminished. The first six months of 2015 brought with them a rash of quality novels, imports, autobiographies, and books that don’t quite fit into an easy descriptor. …

Patrick Stewart and other Star Trek alumni will help LeVar Burton bring back Reading Rainbow

From 1983 to 2006, Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor LeVar Burton showed legions of elementary school-age kids the joys of reading with Reading Rainbow. Now Burton is using Kickstarter to try and bring Reading Rainbow into the future. After the success of an iPad app they launched in 2012, Burton and his…