The Outline


Culture Feb 28

What we loved this week: Writing letters, putting new wheels on chairs, and checkin’ in with our bros

Here’s what got us through the week of February 24, 2020.

Culture Feb 24

‘Better Call Saul’ gets the point of prestige TV

Like all the great shows about bad men with guilty consciences, the ‘Breaking Bad’ offshoot invites viewers to take ruthless inventory of themselves.

Culture Feb 21

What we loved this week: Exploring the supernatural world of ‘Control,’ revisiting old ‘Survivor’ seasons, waiting for a new ‘Animal Crossing’

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of February 17, 2020.

Culture Feb 21

My boyfriend shared a private photo of me with his friends

I want to move past this, but is it a giant red flag?

Culture Feb 20

Slow Motion: ‘The Lobster’ exposes the horrible systems we’re trapped in, and how we need to get out

Announcing a new series about scenes that linger with us.

Culture Feb 19

RIP Pop Smoke, who welcomed you into the exhilarating world of Brooklyn Drill

The 20-year-old rapper was killed on early Wednesday morning.

Culture Feb 18

The emptiness of televised Nazi hunting

Amazon's new TV show ‘Hunters’ inadvertently reveals the limits of vengeance.

Culture Feb 18

There are enough good RPGs to fit on a 20-sided die

An entire world exists beyond ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, the only role-playing game to achieve any sort of mainstream consciousness.

Culture Feb 14

What we loved this week: Having a good time at ‘Birds of Prey,’ being comforted by ‘Cop Land,’ losing it over dog farts

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of February 10, 2020.

Culture Feb 14

I would love to date a man who can’t read

Some of us are still trying to have some fun before we die and, I’m sorry, clever men are very rarely fun.

Culture Feb 13

I love mediocre sports teams

Sometimes, sports aren’t transcendent or even transcendently awful — they’re just... there.

Culture Feb 13

We should all read more Jenny Diski

The late British writer was a master of precision and not overthinking things.

Culture Feb 13

“Giving her content is my love language”: Meet the couples who TikTok together

The billion-person social network has become a financial boon for some couples. But how do they manage money, their relationship, and the incessant demand for new videos?

Culture Feb 12

I’m Upset: Rich people should stop giving their kids long-ass names

For the love of Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, please stop.

Culture Feb 12

Hitler’s horoscope has been trending for almost a century

Fascination with the astrology charts of famous Nazi leaders stems from a desire to know whether their evil may have been preordained by the stars.

Culture Feb 11

How a small-town Canadian museum became a shrine to Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s grandparents didn’t know what to do with their famous grandchild’s old stuff, but the Stratford Perth Museum did.

Culture Feb 10

We are where we piss

San Francisco’s lone open-air urinal is architectural masochism at its boldest.

Culture Feb 10

Thanks for laughing, and remember your place

This year’s Oscars repeatedly referred to their lack of diversity — a joke that swiftly lost its humor.

Culture Feb 10

The ecstasy of the agony: A quick guide to transcendental horror

In movies like ‘Midsommar’ and ‘The Lighthouse,’ supernatural forces liberate their protagonists from earthly concerns to a new plane of understanding.

Culture Feb 07

Sometimes it makes sense why celebrities avoid the media

The internet is built to highlight the dumb stuff famous people say, as Billie Eilish learned this week.