If you’ve kept up with the twisty conspiracy series Mr. Robot, then you know these past two seasons gave us some flashbacks to how troubled hacker Elliot first started toying with the idea of his revolution. But now, there’s a chance for a much more in-depth look at the birth of fsociety—it just won’t be on your…
There’s always too much good TV to keep up with, but in a packed spring—The Americans, Westworld, The Terror, Legion, sigh—Atlanta’s second season has felt like uniquely essential viewing. Comedies go “dark” all the time, but few manage to delve all the way into horror, as Donald Glover’s has, while still retaining…
You might not immediately recognize Amber Nash’s name or face, but the second you hear her raucous laughter in Archer, you know things are about to get really freaky. The improv and live-theater vet is probably best known for playing “sturdy bisexual” Pam Poovey, who frequently manages to be the most debauched…
Swearing on basic cable has always been something of a gray fucking area; while the FCC watches the mainstream networks like a hawk for any signs of f- or s-bombs on their way, it’s always been much more lax when it comes to subscription-based media. Still, most cable networks have Standards & Practices departments…
Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…
“Science has promised us truth...it has never promised us either peace or happiness.”—Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
Good news for people who deal with the tense, jittery state of late-modern capitalist oppression by psychologically splintering a part of themselves into a revolutionary alter-ego: USA Network has renewed Mr. Robot for a fourth season.
Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, December 13. All times are Eastern.
“Trusting thus opens one up to harm, for it gives rise to selective interpretation, which means that one can be fooled, that the truth might lie, as it were, outside one’s gaze.”—Karen Jones, “Trust As An Affective Attitude”
Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Wednesday, December 6. All times are Eastern.
“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether or not life is worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question in philosophy. All other questions follow from that.”—Albert Camus, The Myth Of Sisyphus
Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, November 29. All times are Eastern.
“First, capitalism is a pure religious cult, perhaps the most extreme there ever was.”—Walter Benjamin, “Capitalism As Religion”
Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, November 22. All times are Eastern.
“Maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished. Maybe happen is never once but like ripples maybe on water after the pebble sinks, the ripples moving on, spreading, the pool attached by a narrow umbilical water-cord to the next pool. . . .”—William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
“For the observation that prison fails to eliminate crime, one should perhaps substitute the hypothesis that prison has succeeded extremely well in producing delinquency, a specific type, a politically or economically less dangerous—and, on occasion, usable—form of illegality; in producing delinquents, in an…
Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, November 8. All times are Eastern.
“Danger and habit: Both create environments in which the climate of betrayal is so pervasive that individual acts of betrayal, however simple and pure, acquire an uncertain meaning and make judgment doubtful...Who hasn’t been betrayed?”—Judith Shklar, Ordinary Vices
[A minor spoiler for last night’s episode of Mr. Robot follows.]
“If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods.”—Baron d’Holbach