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The most bizarre thing about Trump’s farewell speech is how normal it sounds

The most bizarre thing about Trump’s farewell speech is how normal it sounds

The strangest thing about Donald Trump’s farewell address is how normal it sounds. Four years after his presidency began with a declaration of war on reality itself, Trump’s last speech as president represented one final attempt to rewrite history. “To serve as your president has been an honor beyond description,” Trump said in a taped…
One Good Thing: Detransition, Baby lays bare the innermost thoughts of trans women

One Good Thing: Detransition, Baby lays bare the innermost thoughts of trans women

“I’m like five pages into this book,” my friend said, “and I’m upset that the cis are going to read it.” My friend was talking about Torrey Peters’s Detransition, Baby, the book seemingly every trans person I know has been reading since it hit shelves on January 12. As one of just a handful of…
Trump won’t say the one thing that could really calm down his followers

Trump won’t say the one thing that could really calm down his followers

The official White House Twitter account on Wednesday evening posted a lengthy video of President Donald Trump denouncing violence and calling for calm ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. But it didn’t take long for the Trump administration and its allies to undermine his message. In the more than five-minute video, Trump says…
One Good Thing: FX’s A Teacher depicts a teacher and student’s affair with pain intact

One Good Thing: FX’s A Teacher depicts a teacher and student’s affair with pain...

In general, I prefer TV shows that release only one episode per week. I do enjoy a good marathon from time to time, but I find that pondering one episode at a time enhances my enjoyment of a really good TV show. After a marathon, the details of a series — even one I really…
One Good Thing: The existential horror and hope of The Leftovers, the perfect show for 2021

One Good Thing: The existential horror and hope of The Leftovers, the perfect show...

One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. I’m not here to tell you what to do. It’s your life, you should do what you want. But listen: 2021 should be the year you watch HBO’s magnificent, soaring series The…
One Good Thing: The future is uncertain. This graphic novel gave me hope anyway.

One Good Thing: The future is uncertain. This graphic novel gave me hope anyway.

The Hard Tomorrow, cartoonist Eleanor Davis’s 2019 graphic novel, is set in 2022. Some parts of it seem unlikely to be true by next year. (Mark Zuckerberg is president, for instance.) Other parts seem more plausible: In the book’s version of 2022, megaphones have been outlawed at protests, part of the government’s crackdown on dissidents…
One Good Thing: Housebound is the perfect horror comedy for the perpetually quarantined

One Good Thing: Housebound is the perfect horror comedy for the perpetually quarantined

One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. Recently, someone reminded me of the 2014 New Zealand horror comedy Housebound. It’s a shoestring budget indie about a bratty young woman whose house arrest leads to some very unexpected scares. The…
2020 Gave Us One Thing Worth Keeping: Anger

2020 Gave Us One Thing Worth Keeping: Anger

We’ve all experienced some kind of loss this year — of jobs, opportunities, time, or of loved ones, says Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, a psychologist, author, and founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project. “I think for every single person, something happened in 2020 that wasn’t what they’d hoped for or expected,” she says. And…
One Good Thing: The gentle, lovely beauty of the YouTube Christmas coffee shop

One Good Thing: The gentle, lovely beauty of the YouTube Christmas coffee shop

One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. This Christmas has felt different. Normally I find myself eagerly anticipating the end of the year — I look forward to the presents, the well wishes from friends and strangers alike, the…
One Good Thing: Try reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” out loud

One Good Thing: Try reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” out loud

One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. Perhaps you are doing Christmas over Zoom this year. In that case, you will need to find some sort of festive holiday activity that every member of your party can participate in.…

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