//MUSIC
Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Japanese Breakfast

Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Michelle Zauner follows her breakout Japanese Breakfast debut with Soft Sounds From Another Planet, easily one of the more compulsively listenable indie records of 2017.

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Melvins: A Walk With Love and Death

Melvins

A Walk With Love and Death

This double album from the legendary troublemakers tests and teases, but it also rewards

SZA: CTRL

SZA

CTRL

SZA's first solo album is a confessional look at her psyche through previous relationships. Bolstered by powerful production its as resonant and sure-footed of an R&B debut as any this year.

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A Feminist Reads Philip Roth

A Feminist Reads Philip Roth

"Thoughts about Roth's The Dying Animal, as brought on by the season 6 episode of Girls, "American Bitch"."

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'Orphan Black': Krystal Is the Amusing Delight of a Serious Story

The islanders rebel, Cosima escapes, and everything is coming to a head in "Manacled Slim Wrists".

//CULTURE

Thoughts about Roth's The Dying Animal, as brought on by the season 6 episode of Girls, "American Bitch".

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//COMICS
The True Origin of the Superhero Film Craze? 'X-Men' Comics

The True Origin of the Superhero Film Craze? 'X-Men' Comics

"Bryan Singer's first X-Men film, which launched the comic book film craze that is still sweeping through Hollywood and established a more serious, realistic approach to superhero films."

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'Threads' Is a Cartoon Sojourn in a Metaphorical Jungle of Real-world Refugees

A comics journalist interprets the plight of would-be immigrants trapped in French refugee camps just miles from their UK destination.

//GAMES

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate's politics are painted with broad strokes, but in these times of absurd politics, those broad strokes become pointed commentary.

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//Pop Ten
The Highway Is for Gamblers: Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen Take a One-way Trip
How Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen traveled out of a small town towards the great unknown. Read More
#EverythingGetsAThumbsUp: How Avidity Has Overtaken American Culture
'iZombie': Discovery Day Brings Chaos in "Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 2"
Prince's Classic Finally Expanded: The Deluxe 'Purple Rain' Reissue
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