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Jun 12, 2020. 11 comments

Trump tells fans they can't sue him if they get sick at his latest presidential pity party

Trump tells fans they can't sue him if they get sick at his latest presidential pity party

Although you (but not, pointedly, the public health officials whose actual job it is to monitor this stuff) could be forgiven for forgetting over the last few weeks, America is still suffering through its local part of a global pandemic—despite news that numerous cities across the country are easing up on their COVID lockdowns, on the grounds that, hey, it’s been a minute, right? But don’t...

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Jun 11, 2020. 15 comments

NYC Health discourages orgies, advocates for glory holes and "sexy 'Zoom parties'"

NYC Health discourages orgies, advocates for glory holes and "sexy 'Zoom parties'"

The coronavirus pandemic has made just about every aspect of life different than it was before, and this extends, as New York City Health details in an important PSA, to having sex. As posted in a tweet by Josh Barro, city officials have arrived (not at all prematurely) with a set of guidelines meant to encourage safer COVID-era boinking that’s goddamn tumescent with creative ideas.

“Safer...

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Jun 10, 2020. 18 comments

This week in Savage Love: Streamers

This week in Savage Love: Streamers

Hey, everybody: We had our first Savage Love Livestream event last Thursday night and I had such a blast! A huge crowd of Savage Love readers and Savage Lovecast listeners got together on Zoom for a live online Q&A that raised more than $14,000 for Northwest Harvest, an organization that supports food banks in my home state. I got more questions than I could answer in our allotted time and so...

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Jun 09, 2020. 4 comments

Hannah Gadsby talks Douglas with Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney on Homo Sapiens

Hannah Gadsby talks Douglas with Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney on Homo Sapiens
PodmassPodmassIn Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com.Homo Sapiens
Hannah Gadsby

Noting that this episode was recorded prior to the COVID-19 epidemic and subsequent quarantine, Homo Sapiens hosts Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney share...

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Jun 07, 2020. 24 comments

This scientist claimed to have broken Newton’s laws of motion

This scientist claimed to have broken Newton’s laws of motion
Wiki Wormhole We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,664,405-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 6,093,882-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Dean Drive

What it’s about: Newton’s Third Law Of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If A pushes on B, B pushes back on A. But in the 1960s, inventor...

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Jun 04, 2020. 8 comments

Superman Smashes The Klan explores history through a superhero lens

Superman Smashes The Klan explores history through a superhero lens

With almost 100 years under his yellow belt, Superman is a major part of American cultural history. As superhero comics continue to influence pop culture globally, it’s increasingly important to consider how those comics inform and shape our understanding of the past and present. Heroism and moral behavior as modeled by fictional characters can be nuanced and telling about the culture that...

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Jun 02, 2020. 10 comments

This Valley Of The Dolls history is as fun and tawdry as its subject

This Valley Of The Dolls history is as fun and tawdry as its subject

In 1966, Jacqueline Susann’s fictional tell-all Valley Of The Dolls blew the lid off of showbiz gossip, following in the footsteps of compulsive page-turners like Grace Metalious’ Peyton Place and Harold Robbins’ The Carpetbaggers. Set against the backdrops of both Broadway and Hollywood, the salacious novel follows three aspiring starlets who all become famous, fall in love, and eventually...

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Jun 01, 2020. 2 comments

Two sisters are split apart by race in Brit Bennett’s stunning The Vanishing Half

Two sisters are split apart by race in Brit Bennett’s stunning The Vanishing Half

As kids growing up in the deep South, two light-skinned Black girls play a game: Desiree Vignes dares her twin sister, Stella, to try hiding in plain sight of white people. When Stella discovers that she can pass without effort, the idea never leaves her that she could claim to be white herself. The sisters at the heart of Brit Bennett’s stunning sophomore novel, The Vanishing Half, were born...

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May 28, 2020. 4 comments

5 new books to read in June

5 new books to read in June

Every month, a deluge of new books comes flooding out from big publishers, indie houses, and self-publishing platforms. So every month, The A.V. Club narrows down the endless options to five of the books we’re most excited about.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (June 2, Riverhead)

Brit Bennett follows up her New York Times-bestselling debut, The Mothers, with another years-spanning novel of...

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May 25, 2020. 1 comments

A woman takes a road trip into the past in the complex family portrait All My Mother’s Lovers

A woman takes a road trip into the past in the complex family portrait All My Mother’s Lovers

Throughout her life, Maggie Krause, the protagonist of Ilana Masad’s ambitious, cinematic debut novel, All My Mother’s Lovers, has been shaped by her mother, Iris, despite her best efforts to resist. Like her mother, Maggie has a hard time with commitment, in part tied back to Iris’ absences during long work trips throughout her daughter’s childhood. That Maggie lives with her current...

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May 20, 2020. 4 comments

Instagram is unleashing a new wave of social and creative potential in comics

Instagram is unleashing a new wave of social and creative potential in comics

Over the past decade, Lucy Knisley has become a preeminent nonfiction cartoonist, creating charming, heartfelt comics about travel (Displacement, An Age Of License), food (Relish: My Life In The Kitchen), marriage (Something New), and motherhood (Kid Gloves). Her profile has also grown thanks to her savvy use of social media—specifically Instagram, where she initially published many of the...

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May 02, 2020. 16 comments

Alex Jones to neighbors, globalists: "I'll eat your ass"

Alex Jones to neighbors, globalists: "I'll eat your ass"

Everybody’s dealing with the unique stresses of the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. Some are getting through a difficult time by connecting with friends and family digitally while others spend evenings and weekends stuck at home enjoying new hobbies. Alex Jones, champion of truth, justice, and

truly awful conspiracy theories , on the other hand, has reacted to this strange new era by...

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May 01, 2020. 9 comments

Man finds opportunity to turn 7 p.m. appreciation clapping into very dumb, very funny dad joke

Man finds opportunity to turn 7 p.m. appreciation clapping into very dumb, very funny dad joke

Each evening, in cities across the world, people head out onto their balconies and front steps to bang pots and pans together, yell, and applaud to show appreciation for the health-care workers risking their safety to help combat COVID-19. Weeks into the pandemic, it’s become a familiar sound—familiar enough, apparently, that people like Tynan DeLong have understand just how easily this kind...

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May 01, 2020.

Will Riverdale's abbreviated season be able to tie up the mystery of the VHS tapes?

Will Riverdale's abbreviated season be able to tie up the mystery of the VHS tapes?

And, just like that, we’ve reached the home stretch of Riverdale’s fourth season! With the

COVID-19 pandemic halting production across the board , the show’s planned final three episodes have been shunted off to TV purgatory, and we’ve found ourselves at this chapter’s penultimate offering. While “Lynchian” intriguingly ups the ante on the long-percolating mystery of the voyeuristic VHS...
Apr 29, 2020. 5 comments

This week in Savage Love: Aroused state

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This week in Savage Love: Aroused state

I’m a 31-year-old female. Last week I suddenly started to experience an overwhelming, compulsive, and near-constant state of physical arousal. I’ve masturbated so much looking for relief that my entire lower region is super sore and swollen and still, it’s like my whole body is pulsating with this electric arousal telling me to ignore the pain and do it again. I have no idea if it’s normal to...

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Apr 28, 2020. 15 comments

Step aside, Tide Pods: Clout chasers are now nearly killing themselves with nutmeg

Step aside, Tide Pods: Clout chasers are now nearly killing themselves with nutmeg

Chasing fame, especially in the internet age, requires keeping a finger on the pulse of the culture at every possible moment. One day, new followers may flock to your account based on how good you are at

planking and fucking coconuts only to disappear just as quickly when they discover someone cooler who’s, say, taking videos of themselves eating Tide Pods . Now, even as the crème de la...

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Apr 28, 2020. 1 comments

Chris Gethard gets an EMT on the phone in this week’s Beautiful/Anonymous

Chris Gethard gets an EMT on the phone in this week’s Beautiful/Anonymous
PodmassPodmassIn Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com.Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
EMT In The Epicenter

Since 2016, comedian Chris Gethard has been taking calls from strangers, forfeiting his ability to hang up, for an...

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Apr 27, 2020. 9 comments

Pay attention, slobs! A 1949 issue of Life magazine is here to see if your tastes are highbrow or lowbrow

Pay attention, slobs! A 1949 issue of Life magazine is here to see if your tastes are highbrow or lowbrow

If you, like everybody, spend hours laying awake at night fretting over what your favorite drinks or taste in furniture inadvertently say about your class status, worry no longer: A 1949 issue of Life magazine has returned to assure you that anyone can become a real sophisticate by eating salad out of unwashed bowls and that even the lowliest slob can elevate themselves by throwing their...

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Apr 26, 2020. 19 comments

This rare delusion convinces people their loved ones have been replaced by duplicates

This rare delusion convinces people their loved ones have been replaced by duplicates
Wiki Wormhole We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,664,405-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 6,067,987-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Capgras Delusion

What it’s about: We’ve all heard of commonplace delusions—everyone’s out to get me, people are laughing at me behind my back, both sides in politics are equally bad—but there are...

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Apr 25, 2020. 19 comments

What’s your favorite YouTube clip?

What’s your favorite YouTube clip?
AVQ&A Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences.

This week’s question comes from editorial coordinator Gwen Ihnat:

What is your favorite YouTube clip to share with friends?

Patrick Gomez

Patti LaBelle is an...

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