A not-so-great debate
These Democrats are killing me.
The FTC has released some strange new videos for influencers
The clips only underscore how much the Federal Trade Commission doesn't do about influencer #ads.
The tortured logic of #ADOS
The thinking behind the American Descendants of Slavery movement combines a left-wing critique of America’s founding with a distinctly right-wing strain of xenophobia.
We’re in dire need of new websites, and all we get is ‘The Recount’
The Bank of America-backed political video startup, helmed by veteran hack John Heilemann, would have been out of touch even five years ago.
Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s symphonies deserve the Best Classical Grammy
The Soviet Jewish composer is one of the 20th century’s great classical music talents.
Send your kids outside
Parents are afraid of all the wrong things for our children.
The house liquor of the Muslim world
How Johnnie Walker Black became the favorite drink of the world's biggest religion.
‘Parasite’ and the rise of Revolutionary Gothic
An emergent genre explores how class conflict is always part ghost story, and how the only answer is insurrection.
Does this $50 tuning fork spark joy?
Marie Kondo has started an online store, because she is a celebrity, and celebrities love selling you useless crap.
Netflix’s Reed Hastings is a coward
The streaming service is happy to pretend it's a moral force bringing the power of documentary filmmaking to new markets. Until that becomes inconvenient.
Love Baby Yoda, I cannot
Disney has taken its pursuit of cuteness too far.
What’s the German word for wanting to keep English out of Germany?
Linguistic advocacy groups like Aktion Deutsche Sprache claim they simply want to stem the tide of global capitalism. Critics see a more dangerous, nationalist bent.
Godparents, with or without God
Why the Christian tradition is important in a secular world.
Tomorrow 180: Disney Minus
It's a subscription world, after all.
We deserve a good ‘His Dark Materials’ adaptation
The new show attempts to explain our post-truth problem with a new moral mythology, to mixed success.
Teens should be roasting me, a Gen X-er, far more than Boomers
Generational differences aren’t real, but I’m still sick of being ignored.
Mayor Pete’s cringey Holocaust memorial Instagram actually kind of makes sense
The badly designed memorial is Instagram bait.
Too dumb to fly, too big to fail
Boeing’s disastrous 737 Max plane is the result of decades of craven business decisions.
What we loved this week: ‘The Irishman’ reminds us death is real, baking cookies cheers seasonal depression, ‘Loaded Weapon’ is a classic spoof
Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of November 11, 2019.
I got my life together and now I’m constantly bored
Is this really what being an adult is like?