The Outline


Culture Dec 13

Japan officially recognizes this year has been a disaster

Every year, Japan has a contest for the best word that summarizes the year’s mood.

Culture Dec 11

“subtle asian traits” is neither subtle nor Asian

An occasionally funny, wildly popular Facebook meme group raises questions about who speaks for the diaspora.

Culture Dec 10

Ice Cube’s going to blow this whole Trump thing wide open

On his new album ‘Everythang’s Corrupt,’ the legendary rapper recasts himself as a member of #TheResistance.

Culture Dec 10

My life with ‘Super Smash Bros.’

For nearly two decades, Nintendo’s fighting game franchise has remained largely the same, allowing it to fit into our lives as necessary.

Culture Dec 07

Tomorrow 142: Tumblr has snapped

Rest in post, Tumblr.

Culture Dec 07

Craigslist Confessional: My girlfriend’s parents made her dump me

“A year into this constant brainwashing, she broke up with me.”

Culture Dec 07

What we loved this week: The zen wisdom of Garry Shandling, eggnog season, Spotify’s year-end data

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of December 10, 2018.

Culture Dec 06

We need a sponsorship model for mental health

AA and NA provide effective support for substance abusers. Those with mental illness could benefit from a similar program.

Culture Dec 06

Where will furries go after Tumblr?

Tumblr’s new ban on adult content has the furry community wondering if it should find a new online home.

Culture Dec 05

AAFU: My housemate’s rude family invaded my home

Can I murder him?

Culture Dec 04

The fascinating face in ‘My Brilliant Friend’

An appreciation of Michele Solara, resident neighborhood bastard.

Culture Dec 03

The 1975 know how long love hurts

“102,” a song that’s evolved over several years, appears on their new record ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.’

Culture Nov 30

I’m ADHD. I’m 34 DD. I’m very confused by this bra ad.

The underwear company ThirdLove says it’s celebrating the whole woman in their ads, but I feel exploited.

Culture Nov 30

Zadie Smith showed me how to believe in the novel

An early encounter with the author sparks a new way to think about fiction.

Culture Nov 29

From Grimes to Elon, with love

The strange experience of listening to Grimes’ new song “We Appreciate Power.”

Culture Nov 26

The internet stinks and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ knows why

We’re all just depressed office workers, handing out our love one like at a time.

Culture Nov 26

‘Patriot Act’ is more of the same

Despite acclaim, Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix talk show reprises the format and liberal politics of its contemporaries.

Culture Nov 26

Chess styles of the rich and despotic

As crazy as it sounds, the way a strong chess player approaches the game can reveal a lot about who they are as a person.

By JJ Lang

Culture Nov 24

‘Jeopardy!’ is the only thing on Netflix worth watching

The cozy, quirky quiz show is the perfect program for the streaming era.

Culture Nov 23

Craigslist Confessional: My anxiety is out of control

“I’d say that I’ve always been a little on the anxious side.”