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The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

Avidly is very avid about Game of Thrones.  This is our second piece anticipating Sunday's premiere; find the first here. --Eds. What does it matter, to...

Game of Thrones in an Age of Greed

  Game of Thrones depicts a cutthroat world driven by brutal self-interest and unabashed greed. The show also boasts a growing number of disabled figures whose...

Toy Story 3 and the Problem with Stuff

One of the best sight gags in Toy Story comes when Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear are stranded at a “Dinoco” gas station, its...

Where I’m Calling From: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was great on the telephone. If you start to think about it, it’s going to be hard to stop. He’s unbelievably,...

“Terry was a dude”: A dialogue on “Backstreets” and “Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey Traffic Jam”

Recently Rolling Stone published a list of the 100 greatest Bruce Springsteen songs of all time as decided by a panel of Rolling Stone...

Beyoncé’s December Surprise

In politics, an “October surprise” refers to a news event occurring just before an election, usually publicized with the intention of influencing voters—they’re game...