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The Portable Veblen Mixes Uneasy Marital Comedy With Psychic Squirrels, As One Does


Thorstein Veblen was a Norwegian-American writer and economist famous for decrying conspicuous consumption, getting run out of teaching jobs at Stanford and the University of Chicago in the early 1900s, and cataloging the psychological trauma of capitalism. All of which makes him a rather strange namesake for a…

J.K. Rowling's History of Magic in North America Was a Travesty From Start to Finish

All this week, J.K. Rowling has been publishing History of Magic in North America, one part a day for four days. When it’s been at its best, it’s been sloppy; when its not at its best—which is most of the time—it’s uninformed and under-researched. At its worst, it is downright offensive, and here’s why.

23 Things from The World of Ice and Fire That We'd Love to See on Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin’s novels about Westeros are fiendishly addictive, because he’s created a world that’s just crammed full of amazing details. And Game of Thrones captures that feeling pretty well—until you read Martin’s guidebook, The World of Ice and Fire and realize just how much more there is. On almost every…

I'm Alan Sepinwall, Author of The Revolution Was Televised. Let's Chat!

We’re now joined by Alan Sepinwall, author of The Revolution Was Televised, a fantastic book about the origins of The Sopranos, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and other dramas that laid the ground for the current golden age of television. It’s now out in a new edition, featuring new material on how Mad Men and …

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The Dumbest Thing The Star Wars Expanded Universe Did To Princess Leia

Star Wars’ old Expanded Universe is no more. Under the Disney regime, it has been relegated to the “Legends” banner, and the new official canon includes just the movies and TV shows, along with a whole new set of books, comics, etc. But somehow, one of the absolute worst EU books still has an enduring influence on …