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Michelle Burnham
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The Lights Keep Going On and Off
Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, and we now know what it feels like to be in the Upside Down. I'm referring to the alternate universe  in the Netflix series  Stranger Things into which  the boy Will Byers is transported. Named  ...

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Labor and Freedom in OITNB Season 3
The labor movement and the women's movement are woven together with astonishing sophistication and brilliance in  season 3 of   Orange Is the New Black . I'd like to say it's   the most Marxist-feminist thing that has ever appeared on American television, e...

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Outlander, Captivity, and Cultural Bigamy
An unusual new character is introduced in the mid-season finale of Outlander , the television series (based on the popular books by Diana Gabaldon) which follows a heroine who magically travels through time from 1940s England to 1740s Scotland. In episode 7...

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Reading like a Teenager and The Fault in Our Stars
It was my plan never to read The Fault in Our Stars , afraid that I would find it maudlin and contrived and unable to hide my cynical critique from the teenagers who populate my life and home and car. Teenagers love John Green's book, and they love it with ...

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Game of Thrones in an Age of Greed
Read my analysis of the White Walkers, Native American windigo myths, and disability in Game of Thrones at  Avidly .

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The Wolf of Wall Street and Bodies-in-Greed
Over the past five years, the financial drama has emerged as a major subgenre. Films such as  Margin Call (2011),  Arbitrage (2012), and The International  (2009)--together with their documentary counterparts like Too Big to Fail (2011), Inside Job (2010), ...

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Death and Substitution in Game of Thrones
I am probably the world's least likely Game of Thrones viewer. It took me five tries to get through the pilot episode, and I only succeeded the fifth time because my 13-year-old daughter agreed to watch it with me (turns out, she loves it). I imagine its id...
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