Along came Polly: Dial M For Maple interviews Riverdale’s Tiera Skovbye

It’s been a long, hot, Riverdale-less summer, but Dial M For Maple is here with a special treat: an interview with Tiera Skovbye, a.k.a. the mysterious Polly Cooper. While on a press tour for her new movie, Summer Of ’84, Tiera jumped on the phone with host Cameron Scheetz to discuss the future of the Cooper clan, the…

In the zombie apocalypse of Ling Ma’s Severance, the real monsters are the living

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In an early chapter of Ling Ma’s debut novel, Severance, a genre-savvy character details the difference between vampire and zombie stories. “With vampire narrative, the danger lies in the villain’s intentions, his underlying character. There are good vampires, there are bad vampires… [The zombie narrative is] not…

Podmass snubs the patriarchy this week with dispatches from women in comedy, craft brewing, and music

FriendsLikeUs has long been a gem of podcasting, providing women (and particularly women of color) a place to sit down and unapologetically discuss their lives in the world of comedy. These conversations are often quite frank, touching as much on the issues of the day as the minutiae of the stand-up scene and all with…

The magician hosts of Shezam! tackle the question: “What’s it like to be a woman in magic?”

Few foods straddle the middle of the Venn diagram between “wholesome, pastoral staple of the American diet” and “hotly contested ethical minefield” quite like a glass of milk. According to culinary historian and journalist Mark Kurlansky, many of the nutritional and moral questions surrounding human consumption of…

The New World creates a technicolor future where reality TV viewers vote to execute criminals

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There’s no shortage of comics addressing the state of the world, either confronting the political climate directly or with a bit more subtlety. The New World #1 (Image) is only one such vision, set in a middle future just a couple decades out that echoes the present. After nuclear blasts wiped out significant parts of…

Mandy Moore breaks down teen superstardom on We Need To Talk About Britney 

“Iconic” is a word people often use to describe the music of James Bond. Like the clothes, cars, and gadgets of the early films, John Barry’s original 1960s arrangements feel like immutable elements of the franchise’s titular character. It just isn’t Bond if you don’t hear that certain chord progression. In the second…

Bad religion and obsessive love light up The Incendiaries

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Each of the three characters in R.O. Kwon’s gorgeous, ambiguous debut novel is lying. There’s Will, an ex-believer who moved across the country to escape his Christian upbringing and attend a new college, where he pretends he’s rich enough to fit in with the other wealthy students. His girlfriend, Phoebe, hides her…