The “You Can’t Freeze Time” Cure
Serene entertainments to help draw out what little time we have left.
The Toxic Relatives Cure: Families that Would Never Ruin Your Thanksgiving
Prepare for the worst by spending some time with the very best families in the history of popular culture.
The Desolation Cure: Finding Beauty in the Ruins
Now seems like a good time to remind ourselves of the beautiful things that we have the power to create.
The Uncertainty Cure: Resting Easy in Hard-Earned Fates
America lies in an anguished state of uncertainty as we enter the last few days before the election. But just because we don’t know the future doesn’t mean that the future is always unknowable. We now take solace in stories that begin at the end.
The Inferno Cure: History Lessons that Are Not Punishingly Awful
Some suggestions about what else you might do if you’re hungry for some cultural edification but can’t stomach another two hours with Robert Langdon.
The Delayed Launch Cure: A List of Currently Streamable Classics
The launch of the new TCM/Criterion streaming service FilmStruck got pushed to November, but that doesn’t mean that we have to wait to get our share of quirky classics.
The Creepy Clown Cure: A Celebration of Some of Our Most Basic Fears
Enough with creepy clowns, slender men, and other viral freak-shows. Let’s focus instead on more enduring horrors.
The “One Month Until the Election” Cure: Luxuriating in Pop Culture’s Quiet Preambles
It’s a little more than a month until the United States will have an election that has the capacity to literally make Donald Trump the most powerful man in the world. But right now, today, we simply wait. We are not there yet. And these first acts celebrate that vibrating moment before the plot thickens.
The Ignorance Cure: Easy Ways to Avoid Having Your Own Aleppo Moment
Because no human being should be made to look like a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy.”
The Brangelina Cure: Relationships That Will Restore Your Shattered Faith in (the Noble Lie That Is) True Love
Brad and Angelina are Brangelinathingofthepast, but rather than brooding upon the ephemerality of romantic relationships or the fragility of human projects as a whole, let’s celebrate, instead.
The Hosts Are Leaving Us Cure: Friendly Faces to Ease the Transition Into a Mel and Sue–less World
“The Great British Bake Off” is losing its two lovely hosts, but [author has something in eye, pauses, swears, composes self, resumes] there are more where those came from!
Dad Rock: The San Diego Padres Are Responsible for the Worst Sports Songs Ever Written
Yes, even worse than Scott Stapp’s Marlins song. Lord forgive the parents who squandered their children’s chance for a normal life by subjecting them to this stuff.
The “Where’s the Women” Cure: More Great Recent Films from Women Directors
A supplement to the BFI’s (very white, very male) list of the the twenty-first century’s 100 Greatest Films.
The Ben-Hur Cure: An Antidote to Uninspired Adaptations
Just a reminder: We don’t have to shackle ourselves to the past when we stand on the shoulders of giants.
The Over-the-Top Solutions Cure: Because Going to the Mat Isn’t Always a Bad Idea
Pop culture recommendations for those of us who may have big dreams, but who lack the ability to climb up the face of a glass-fronted skyscraper in order to pursue them.
Return of the Tapes: Peeking into the Window of Five of the Best Bedroom Artists
As these artists show, you don’t need a recording studio to make a great record.
STUDY: A Highly Scientific Breakdown of All the Corduroy Worn in “Stranger Things”
Mornings are for coffee and contemplation, and cords are for fighting paranormal monsters.
The Diabolical Friendship Cure: Alternatives to the Unholy Bro-ly Alliance of Trump and Putin
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are threatening the evil friendships genre by implicating it in their anarchic plot to destabilize the world; but that doesn’t mean that all diabolical friendships are bad. Let us count the ways.