The Outline


Culture Jan 16

Before there were internet rappers, there was Canibus

The New Jersey MC created the template for how modern musicians conduct themselves online.

Culture Jan 15

You are not above ‘The Masked Singer’

The ridiculous game show brings us into a brave new world of thinkpiece-proof television.

Culture Jan 14

Actually, ‘True Detective’ is good

The show always gives us something to think about, and the new season’s early returns are compelling.

Culture Jan 11

Tomorrow 147: CES is not for alive girls

It's only for Siri or Alexa.

Culture Jan 11

What we loved this week: The gimmickry of ‘Bandersnatch,’ the psycho killer vibes of ‘You,’ the culinary adventuring of ‘Samurai Gourmet’

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of December 31, 2018.

Culture Jan 10

The one thing that drives me nuts about ‘The Sopranos’

The show is nearly perfect. Except for one thing.

Culture Jan 10

Famous men and their absolutely deranged sexts

Rich, poor, Jezz Bezos — everyone is awkwardly horny, all the same.

Culture Jan 09

AAFU: My work nemesis has cancer

Should I put the past behind us?

Culture Jan 08

Ishmael Reed hates ‘Hamilton’ so much he wrote a play about it

‘The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda’ pushes back at the global phenomenon, to limited effect.

Culture Jan 08

The biggest conspiracies in American history (that also happen to be true)

Seven truly disturbing moments in which the tin-foil hat was actually a good idea.

By Eoin Higgins

Culture Jan 05

Tomorrow 146: A lack of innovations or apologies

Vaporware and shamelessness in 2019.

Culture Jan 04

Marie Kondo’s new show sparks dread

The Japanese lifestyle guru has a new show out on Netflix about the magic of tidying up. But what is she actually advocating for?

Culture Jan 04

What we loved this week: The charm of ‘Support the Girls,’ the soothing fun of ‘Design Home,’ revisiting 2018 with ‘The Big Fat Quiz of the Year’

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of December 31, 2018.

Culture Jan 03

Enlightenment can be yours for just $10

The School of Practical Philosophy promises sustainable happiness at an affordable price, but what is it really selling?

Culture Jan 02

One music list to rule them all

What an album-of-the-year mega-spreadsheet tells us about music trends in 2018.

Culture Jan 02

Why do film people care so much about frame rates?

On the arbitrary love of choppy-looking visuals in cinema.

Culture Dec 31

How to kill your envy

Some insights that may or may not be helpful.

Culture Dec 30

Goodbye stress, hello duck

In November, a duck and a cow distracted us from everything else going on.

Culture Dec 29

Tomorrow 145: Mary Poppins plays on god mode


Culture Dec 29

A grifter walks into a hipster coffee shop

In October, professional Trump supporter Jacob Wohl’s spectacular meltdown exemplified the hollowness of online punditry.