The Outline


Culture Mar 25

The biggest mystery on TV is how every show became a puzzle box

‘Westworld,’ ‘Russian Doll,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ and many, many more — today’s shows ask us to solve The Big Secret one meticulous step at a time.

Culture Mar 22

Tomorrow 156: The secret knowledge

It won't be found on Instagram.

Culture Mar 22

What we loved this week: Navigating the Troubles on ‘Derry Girls,’ dying a lot in ‘Dead Cells,’ learning to make lunch from YouTube

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of March 18, 2019.

Culture Mar 21

AAFU: My friends are hanging out without me

How do I bring this up without sounding petty?

Culture Mar 20

This year’s hottest cultural trend is eggs

From Eggboy to heart health, the oval food has been in the news a lot.

Culture Mar 19

The new auteurs of gaming

Blockbuster video games like ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ have gotten boring, but there’s never been a more diverse crop of engaging, budget-friendly games to play instead.

Culture Mar 18

Tomorrow 155: 2020 battle royale

It's like Fortnite but we could all die.

Culture Mar 18

A Democratic presidential candidate’s curious alt-right fandom

The “Yang Gang” loves Andrew Yang’s unconventional political ideas, and they love making memes about his unlikely shot at taking the White House.

Culture Mar 15

What we loved this week: Baroness grow up, ‘Narcos’ puts us off cocaine, political tweets don’t matter

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of March 11, 2019.

Culture Mar 15

Live, laugh, love like a ’70s supermodel

Cheryl Tiegs’s 1980 lifestyle book isn’t all that different from Instagram influencers.

Culture Mar 13

The ambient jams of ‘Kankyo Ongaku’ will help you achieve full consciousness

An interview with the makers of a new compilation highlighting innovative New Age and avant-garde artists previously overlooked outside Japan.

Culture Mar 13

Let’s all die on hover shoes

Remember hoverboards? Well, they’re back, and they’re way more terrifying now.

Culture Mar 13

Congrats on your viral music video; here’s a thousand bucks

Emma Westenberg’s career took off when she helmed a wildly popular Janelle Monáe video. But for many music video directors, the path to profitability isn’t always straightforward.

Culture Mar 11

‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ rewards people who don’t like podcasts

HBO’s new documentary provides a necessary visual element to the 'Serial' case.

Culture Mar 11

Relive the trashiest red carpet looks of all time with @NightOpening

Dispatches from Hollywood’s Golden Age (a.k.a. 1994 to whatever year the movie ‘Wild Hogs’ came out in).

Culture Mar 11

Tomorrow 154: A Momo like this

Some people wait a lifetime for a Momo like this.

Culture Mar 08

What we loved this week: Ethan Hawke on Broadway, the dreamlike drama of ‘Milkman,’ a story about David Byrne getting mugged

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of March 4, 2019.

Culture Mar 07

AAFU: My boyfriend of two years ghosted me

How do I get the closure I deserve?

Culture Mar 06

The nerds who hate ‘Captain Marvel’

Search YouTube, and you’ll find dozens of wannabe gatekeepers who claim they know best about nerd culture, and definitely can’t stand Brie Larson.

Culture Mar 06

When a vest is more than a vest

A viral Instagram account satirizes the fashion sense of finance bros, but reveals how we conceive of the professional class.