Girls: Hannah’s Dead Inside – S3 E4

Hannah realizes she’s “Dead Inside.”

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Girls: Hannah’s New Expression – S3 E3

A now twenty-five-year-old Hannah begins to realize her own immaturity.

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HBO’s Girls and the Good Life: Anticipating Season 3


Girls is an excellent starting point for discussion of many live issues, but especially two tropes synonymous in almost all other television shows: sex and happiness. Inspired by several philosophers, but especially Michel Foucault, I have come to see Girls as one of the rare places where sex and happiness, often represented as inseparable—what everyone wants as part of the American Dream—are instead divorced and perpetually put into question…

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No Happy Endings: The Lo-fi Brilliance of ‘Spaced’

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One night, Tim (Simon Pegg), Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Brian (Mark Heap) spend the evening watching the Star Wars Trilogy. As the credits roll on Return of the Jedi (1983), Tim, moved to tears by the films, explains to Brian that the events of the entire trilogy can be attributed to the actions of one minor character: the gunner on the Star Destroyer in the first film. Inspired by this new information, Brian then expounds on Chaos Theory, “the notion that reality as we know it—past, present, future—is in fact a mathematically predictable preordained system,” connecting it to the idea of fate in the Star Wars films. Tim, Daisy, and Brian pause to reflect on the heady concept before Tim, wide-eyed and excited, realizes that he has some “fuckin Jaffa Cakes in [his] coat pocket!” They exclaim in joy and then debate who has to get up from the couch to go retrieve them.

It’s a scene that feels so eerily familiar to my life even though it’s from the late-90s UK show Spaced, created by Pegg and Stevenson and directed by Edgar Wright.

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Breaking Bad: S5E10 “Buried”

The tenth episode of the final season of Breaking Bad sets up the Whites vs. the Schraders, while Jesse remains mute and Lydia makes waves in the meth world.

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Whatever & Ever Today: ‘The Purge’ Shocks The Box Office, Designated Drunk Drivers, and John Oliver Starts ‘The Daily Show’ Gig

Americans like movies about scary murderers in dystopian America, designated drivers still drink, and John Oliver tries not to run The Daily Show into cancellation.

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Whatever & Ever Today: Millennials Regret College, If Earth Had Rings, Erroneous Quotes, & A Guide to Arrested Development

1/3 of millennials would take back college, what Earth would look like with rings, the top 50 misattributed quotes, and one more thing to get you excited for Arrested Development Sunday.

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Whatever and Ever Today: Remembering Roger Ebert, Plan B For All, NBC’s ‘Hannibal,’ and The National’s ‘Heavenfaced’

Honoring a legend, a Judge wins one for reproductive health, watch a critically acclaimed new pilot, and get “Heavenfaced” by The National.

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Whatever and Ever Today: Friday, March 29, 2013

North Korea hates free-spirited Texans, Pope Francis kisses feet, Maron gets a trailer, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs prep the new album.

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Whatever and Ever Today: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Same-sex marriage goes to the Supreme Court, amazing photos of the Egyptian Pyramids, behind-the-scenes Girl Meets World photos, and a new Mikal Cronin single highlight today’s news.

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    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

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    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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