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One Good Thing: Watching the cherry blossoms in the end times

Kendrick Lamar’s Auntie Diaries is a clumsy attempt at trans acceptance

From Ex Machina to Men, Alex Garland is always exploring original sin

Are we ever authentically ourselves on the internet?

The best $15 I ever spent: An audiobook subscription

Hacks and the subversive fantasy of letting your job consume you

In an uncivil age, calls for “civility” are about squashing effective protest

What is a trend anymore?

The Multiverse of Madness’s huge X-Men tease, explained

The Avengers aren’t friends, they’re coworkers

The owl did it, and other reasons true crime fans love The Staircase

One of Multiverse of Madness’s 2 credits scenes is a huge casting announcement

Saving Face is a delightful queer rom-com — and a love letter to Asian moms

What happens when The Real World turns you into an “Angry Black Woman”

The Vox Book Club is going back to Fortress of Solitude, one of the best novels of the 2000s

The Offer is a TV show about how great movies are

Revisiting the Christian fantasy novels that shaped decades of conservative hysteria

One Good Thing: The cartoon dog who taught me how to be a dad

Selling Sunset is fantastical, absurdist office drama

The author of Station Eleven wrote a new pandemic novel

One Good Thing: The Two Fat Ladies proved pleasure was for every body

Hollywood’s hot new trend: Parents who say they’re sorry

The bloody, fantastical The Northman refuses to be modern

How conspiracy theories went mainstream

One Good Thing: Conversations with strangers, which I missed so much

Russian Doll and accepting the things you can’t change

Abercrombie & Fitch told a generation who it was

How Disney found itself in the middle of a culture war

The right’s moral panic over “grooming” invokes age-old homophobia

Atlanta’s third season explores the horrors of intimacy with whiteness

One Good Thing: Have you heard of this Shakespeare guy? Pretty good!

Ezra Miller — and their recent volatility — explained

Living in the shadow of school shootings has changed us. Movies about them have changed, too.

One Good Thing: Les Mis is here to complicate your joy

The hottest trend on TikTok? In-depth analysis.

Why Netflix is suddenly losing subscribers

The post-Hamilton era of historical musicals has begun

One Good Thing: Garlic, a perfect food

How to handle a lopsided friendship

Everything Everywhere All at Once, explained by a quantum physicist

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