Holding Out for the End of Game of Thrones
I’m going to tell you a secret: After five years and diminishing returns last season, I was ready to be done with Game of Thrones. Its flavor — not just fantasy setting, but elements like the large sprawling political intrigue, the “sexposition” and visceral violence — have been well replicated elsewhere. Plus, there’s so much TV out there… Wouldn’t the show rather I remember it in its prime, rather than its middling later years?
But then, of course, I still watched it and, of course, it’s still as enjoyable as anything else I’ve watched all year. There are real reasons to have high hopes: This is the first season that will be most off-book, which means you can throw out all those book-based fan theories. After watching the first episode,the show appears to be moving at a slightly speedier pace than last year. I’m ready for GoT to move into its final act, and there’s maybe just the slightest evidence that I’ll get my wish.
Plus, after five years of making it appointment television, I kind of have to see this through… Right? — Michael Epstein, Editorial Apprentice
The May 2016 Issue of Poetry Magazine
The May issue of Poetry Magazine taught me I have a serious blind spot when it comes to the Australian poets. I’m incredibly excited to dig into the work of Samuel Wagan Watson, Susan Fealy, Elizabeth Campbell, Pam Brown, Astrid Lorange, and L.K. Holt. Jaya Savige’s evocative essay “Creation’s Holiday”: On Silence and Monsters in Australian Poetry uses works from the poet Judith Wright, an Aboriginal activist, and Chris Edwards’ “A Fluke,” a mistranslation of Stéphane Mallarmé’s “Un coup de dés…” inserting “Hannibal Lecter” into the passage, as signposts. — Alison Nastasi, Weekend Editor
“The Sickness” from J Dilla’s The Diary
It’s usually ill-advised for the label boss to jump on the single and in the video for the latest release on their label (i.e. literally any Sean Combs verse), but when that label boss is Mass Appeal’s Nasir Jones, the rules are a bit different. In this video for “The Sickness,” the latest single from J Dilla’s posthumous “lost” LP The Diary, the two spit bars through animated avatars, and the legendary producer more than holds his own against an admittedly average Nas verse. But the Madlib beat is hard AF—as if there was any doubt. — Matthew Ismael Ruiz, Music Editor
Louis C.K. on WTF with Marc Maron
For WTF‘s 700th episode, Maron reels in a couple big fish. First, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sit down for the first time to discuss her long and eventful career. She’s her usual charming, irreverent self, and it’s a great conversation. But the second part, when Louis C.K. drops by the garage and basically narrates the story of how Horace and Pete came to be, is a real trip. There are so many great details: C.K.’s amazing impression of Jack Nicholson turning down the part of Uncle Pete; the fact that he approached Edie Falco out of the blue at the Emmys and asked her to be on the show; his description of getting turned on while writing Laurie Metcalf’s incredible monologue. It’s a great story, a star-studded odyssey that sounds like it would make a great episode of TV. — Lara Zarum, Contributor, TV