Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? 

Screenshot via Hulu/The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an ultra-conservative regime. The much-anticipated Hulu series based on the book doesn’t shy away from the original subject matter; it couldn’t, really, and remain the Handmaid’s Tale. Which […]

The New Book That Brutalizes the Clinton Campaign – Rolling Stone

Yikes! New Behind-the-Scenes Book Brutalizes the Clinton Campaign ‘Shattered,’ a campaign tell-all fueled by anonymous sources, outlines a generational political disaster A new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes examines what went wrong during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty There is a critical scene in Shattered, the new behind-the-scenes campaign diary by Jonathan […]

How a Startup that Makes $400 Juicers Played Itself in the Absolute Worst Way Possible – Munchies

The first question in the FAQ section of Juicero’s website is “How do I make juice?” The answer is a five-step process, starting with “Take a pack from the Juicero carton in your refrigerator.” The next three steps involve properly situating the pack in your $400 Juicero machine, hanging it on a small internal hook, […]

I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific – LA Times

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two days after my 54th birthday, I came very close to dying. I was sitting in an armchair in my Paris apartment, reading a newspaper, when I became dizzy. The next thing I knew, my heart was beating violently. When the paramedics arrived, it was racing at 240 beats per […]

The New Thrawn Novel Is Forcing Star Wars Wiki Writers to Work Overtime

Image: Thrawn cover from Star Wars Celebration special edition, Del Rey Thrawn, the most anticipated Star Wars book since Disney bought Lucasfilm and declared the old Expanded Universe novels to no longer be canon, is out today. And the things being introduced in it already have Wookiepedia entries. Full disclosure, I am only on page […]

Star Wars Is Poised to Re-Make One of the Expanded Universe’s Biggest Mistakes

Image: By Chris Scalf for The Essential Guide to Warfare (Del Rey) When Disney acquired Star Wars and Lucasfilm announced the all the stories of the Expanded Universe had been jettisoned, it seemed like a galaxy far, far away was getting a fresh start. But that hasn’t totally been true, as pieces of the EU […]