The Outline


Culture May 24

What we loved this week: Quelle Chris made us smile, Eve Babitz made us appreciate Los Angeles, and dish racks made us do dishes

Here’s what got us through the week of May 20, 2019.

The Future May 24

Here’s why it’s so hard for small businesses to sell CBD

Payment startups have policies against selling hemp-derived products, but larger retailers are allowed to slide while smaller ones get their service pulled.

The Future May 23

EatWith wants to reconnect you with your neighbors by sharing a meal together

Reconnecting with an old neighborhood might be as simple as having a meal with strangers.

Culture May 23

A punk academic helps you justify your love for Madonna’s music videos

Ryann Donnelly’s book ‘Justify My Love’ offers radical interpretations of music videos from Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and more.

Culture May 23

At last, an honest true crime podcast

The new season of the true crime parody ‘A Very Fatal Murder’ goes out of its way to remind the listener that every narrative podcast is ultimately about its host’s ego.

Power May 22

Would Marx beat Engels at Fortnite?

‘Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle’ is a new, sociological investigation of how videogames and gaming fit into contemporary capitalism.

Culture May 22

Taking back Sunday

With the finale of ‘Game of Thrones,’ our long night of TV viewing has finally ended.

Power May 22

Australia’s prime minister has a pants-shitting problem

Did the right-wing leader really poo all over himself at a suburban McDonald’s in 1997? Search your heart and you will know it’s true.

The Future May 22

The cancer capital of America

Eastern Kentucky is poor, remote, and inadequately serviced, and those factors have led to alarming rates of cancer in the area.

Culture May 21

I’m Upset: I am a god damn adult I should not be dealing with acne

I was told zits are for teenagers. This was a lie.

Culture May 21

I never want to go “inside” another television episode again

The only thing more disappointing than the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ was having to learn what the creators thought about it.

Power May 21

Finally, the nostalgia industry has come for something I love

The ‘Final Fantasy VII’ remake threatens to turn me into one of those awful guys who complains about my childhood being ruined.

Culture May 20

Not ‘The Onion’: People actually think ‘The Onion’ helped Joe Biden become cool

It’s an easy story to believe, but the truth isn’t so neat.

The Future May 20

I’m terrified of parenting in the anti-vaxxer age

Anti-vaccine propaganda isn’t just harmful to children. It threatens to erode our entire sense of community.

The Future May 20

One small step for man, one giant leap for billionaires

Jeff Bezos’s dream of colonizing outer space sounds cool until you consider that he’ll send us all up there to work for him.

Culture May 17

Tomorrow 162: Daenerys, interrupted

She snapped on this one.

Power May 17

Having two dogs at once is way harder than having one dog twice

Who knew!

Power May 17

Will our next president be Bill de Blasioon?

Remembering a special moment in history.

Culture May 17

What we loved this week: The story of Wu-Tang, Tierra Whack goes hard on ‘Tim Westwood,’ Sally Rooney lives up to the hype

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of May 13, 2019.

The Future May 17

A Good Place: The YouTube mortician who taught me not to fear death

What do we say to the God of death? “Interesting, tell me more.”