Art

Staff Pick: Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman

by CK

Isn’t it odd how 80s movies have more to say about real life than anything made in the last 25 years? At least that’s Hadley Freeman’s contention, and she’s pretty convincing in arguing that the women and girls in such films as Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink, Steel Magnolias, and Baby Boom are, unlike today’s movie characters, fully realized human beings. Oh, did I mention that Freeman is a snappy, genuinely funny writer?

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Staff Pick: The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

by CK

The best TV dramas of the last 15 years, from Buffy to Breaking Bad, didn’t just have great stories and strong creative personalities behind them; they had a financial and technological redefinition of what television is to help them succeed.

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A phenomenal account, newly updated, of how twelve innovative television dramas transformed the medium and the culture at large, featuring Sepinwall's take on the finales of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

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Staff Pick: Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

by Olivia

The quintessential self-help book for every artist, Art & Fear will make you understand how and why you make art, and even why you don’t. If you’ve ever found yourself in an art dry-spell, this is the book you will turn to time and time again for support.

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Staff Pick: Chicks Dig Gaming by Jennifer Brozek

by CK

The question isn’t “why don’t more women enjoy gaming?,” but “why aren’t more people aware that women enjoy gaming on their own terms?” This collection of entertaining, provocative, eye-opening essays offers some intriguing answers.

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