The Outline


Culture Feb 16

Tomorrow 151: The cult of AI

You will bow before the power of our deepfake overlords.

Culture Feb 15

What we loved this week: Catching up on ‘Final Fantasy VII,’ an early novel of Roberto Bolaño, Grouper’s Liz Harris debuts a new work

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of February 11, 2018.

Culture Feb 15

The magical thinking of guys who love logic

Why so many men online love to use “logic” to win an argument, and then disappear before they can find out they're wrong.

Culture Feb 14

The Rock has made a new sport. Thank you, The Rock

‘The Titan Games,’ The Rock’s new physical-feat competition show on NBC, demonstrates to me how badly the world is in need of new sports.

Culture Feb 14

They didn’t have to make Will Smith blue

‘Aladdin’ isn’t faithful to anything but nostalgia, and now we have this overly blue monstrosity.

Culture Feb 13

Separating the art from the artist isn’t so hard

How do you consume good art from bad men? Easy: in private.

Culture Feb 13

Smash that MF’ing horny button

The LoveSync button, which allows couples to wordlessly express desire, is very easy to laugh at. It’s also probably not worth laughing at.

Culture Feb 13

Damn, it feels good to be a white-collar worker

Twenty years ago, ‘Office Space’ predicted how office workers would use rap to deal with the soul-crushing realities of their job.

Culture Feb 11

How ‘Russian Doll’ flirts with psychedelic therapy

The show's nod to ketamine is subtle, but the drug underscores the cycle of life, death, and life-changing revelations.

Culture Feb 11

All the sad young literary fakes

Want to sell a book? Start lying.

Culture Feb 10

Tomorrow 150: TikTok and the total creeps

The spirit of Vine is alive... and creepy.

Culture Feb 08

What we loved this week: ‘Sex Education’ works out the weird stuff, ‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ is just weird, a gym logo inspires us to do better

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of February 4, 2018.

Culture Feb 08

Time has not been kind to Tiger Woods

He’s a semi-sleazy aging legend who struggles to keep up with a sport that he refashioned in his image. At least Trump likes hanging out with him.

Culture Feb 07

Netflix... chill

Why are the streaming giant’s Twitter accounts so perpetually horny?

Culture Feb 07

AAFU: How do I date after divorce?

My new relationship seems great, but I keep thinking I will make the same mistakes again.

Culture Feb 07

How do you tell what words mean?

An interview with the academics behind ‘Keywords for Today,’ a book exploring the myriad definitions and contexts behind the most important words of the day.

Culture Feb 06

Memphis Bleek is the greatest professional sidekick in hip-hop history

Jay Z has spent literally decades treating Memphis Bleek the way Donald Trump treats basically everybody.

Culture Feb 05

Welcome to the Cinema of Smells, where movies are a different kind of cheesy

Artist Wolfgang Georgsdorf wants us to think about smell as an artistic experience. His big invention just might do the trick.

Culture Feb 04

Ted Bundy would be thrilled to know we’re still talking about him

The 30th anniversary of the serial killer’s death has brought an overwhelming amount of coverage as a new generation considers his crimes.

Culture Feb 01

What we loved this week: Exploring the death of Gianni Versace, the rich kid adventures in ‘Prep,’ Adam Johnson’s literary fatalism

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of January 28, 2018.