The Guardians Of The Galaxy search for the new Thanos in this exclusive

Thanos is dead! Long live Thanos! It should surprise no one that the supervillain’s recent decapitation isn’t the end of his story, and the new Guardians Of The Galaxy series reveals that while Thanos’ body may be dead, his consciousness has been transferred to a new living host. Reuniting frequent collaborators Donny…

Lost Children Archive’s ambitious structure hinders its painful border story

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A road novel. A critique of the United States’ immigration system. The protracted dissolution of a marriage. An epistolary collection. All of these stories (and more) can be found in Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive, her latest incredibly eloquent and ambitious novel. Luiselli’s philosophical and literary…

Gimlet plays to its strengths with Conviction, a scrutinizing look into the criminal justice system

It’s a clever detail that one might not notice at first, but the title of Gimlet Media’s brand-new podcast miniseries has a double meaning. While it might outwardly appear to be a show focused on the abysmal state of the criminal justice system, at its heart it is actually an investigation into a much more personal…

There’s fun, but few big ideas, in the popcorn sci-fi of City In The Middle Of The Night

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If you’ve ever played Myst—the 1993 video game with zero exposition—you already know what it’s like to read The City In The Middle Of The Night. Instead of marooning you on a mysterious island, Charlie Jane Anders drops you into a city on another planet. Like Myst, it’s disorienting at first, fascinating when the…

The Life Of Frederick Douglass is a deeply necessary lesson in Black History from master storyteller David F. Walker

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Biographies are a difficult genre to tackle gracefully, and graphic biographies especially so. Unlike fiction and even autobiographies, biographies require a deeply intimate understanding of the subject but also a rigorously sourced and researched understanding of history. David F. Walker has shown in works like Shaft …

A stranger comes to town—and opens a bowling alley—in Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway

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In Elizabeth McCracken’s novel Bowlaway, the recently widowed Dr. Leviticus Sprague writes a biography of his wife, Bertha Truitt, and sends it to a publisher. His work is rejected and sent back with “an irritated note: yes, yes, but to what end?” It’s a similar sentiment to the one expressed in the first pages of…

How To Be A Girl explores a mother’s relationship with her transgender pre-teen

After seven brilliantly silly episodes, Finding Drago has finally emerged from the taiga to stand victorious at the summit of its own personal mountaintop. The show, a comic mystery documentary program from Australia, has followed hosts Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James as the pair have become wrapped up…

A tense quest opens Marlon James’ sprawling fantasy series set in a brutal, mythical Africa

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Marlon James announced his intention to write a sprawling fantasy trilogy shortly after his previous novel, 2014’s A Brief History Of Seven Killings, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The word on it was always that it would be an “African Game Of Thrones,” and this description has been used in what appears to be a…

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