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Jordan Peele to Make Horror Movie About Race — By this point, Jordan Peele has established himself as a character actor, magazine cover model, and one-half of a genius sketch-comedy duo. Soon the "Key and Peele" star will be able to add horror director to the list. "My goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies," Peele told a Playboy interviewer this week.

Taylor Swift's '1989' Channels 'Gone Girl' — Earlier this week Taylor Swift revealedvia Tumblr, of course-that her favorite author is Fault in Our Stars writer John Green. It makes sense: they're blockbusters, popular with teen girls, often dismissed because they're popular with teen girls. But at its best, which is set to sell $1 million in its first week-sounds less John Green-style sentimental than any of her previous records.

Joan Didion's Documentary Kickstarter Sells Her Sunglasses — If your fan-mail to Joan Didion has been getting returned-to-sender these past few decades, then you're in luck: You can now pay $350 on Kickstarter for the privilege of having your two-page letter read to the 79-year-old author herself. The money will go towards a documentary about the writer, co-directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne ( Practical Magic; Addicted to Love).

HBO, CBS Go Stand-Alone. Is Cord-Cutting for You? — If you have a complicated relationship with your cable bill, then this week has been an exciting one. First, HBO made a long-awaited announcement on Wednesday that in 2015 it will start offering a stand-alone streaming service, one you could subscribe to without also paying TimeWarner Cable $90 a month.

Media Obsession with Penises: Final Wave of Feminism? — ensured that full-on shaking, clenching, jiggling butts are about as mainstream as cupcakes and sweatpants in public. Breasts have been falling out of clothes for decades, even centuries. And the tucked-away nature of the vagina means it's a little bit difficult to put on displaybut nonetheless, the popularity of Hillary Kelly: I have to be honest.

"The Affair" on Showtime: Review — For the first half-hour of its first episode, Showtime's " The Affair " is a well-made, if slightly predictable domestic drama. We meet Noah Solloway (Dominic West), a brownstone-dwelling writer with a lovely wife (Maura Tierney), four rambunctious children, and chiseled good looks.

New Republic October Cover: Amazon Must Be Stopped — In next week's issue, on newstands Monday, New Republic editor Franklin Foer presents a radical plan to stop Amazon from cannibalizing the economy. Read the cover story online tomorrow.

Video: Leon Wieseltier on The Colbert Report — Stephen Colbert: "Sell me on thinking."

Renate Aller Landscape Photography: Ocean Desert — Once in awhile, we stumble upon a photo or series that leaves us in a state of wonder. German-born photographer Renate Aller's new book Ocean | Desert (Radius Books) does just that. Though her subject matter is hardly novel, the vantage point through which she photographs these landscapes captures them in a way that is simultaneously spectacular and calming.

Dear White People: from twitter to a movie — "Dear White People, there's no need for a Dear Black People. Reality shows on VH1 and Bravo let us know exactly how you feel about us." When Justin Simien created the Twitter account @DearWhitePeople in 2010, he was a movie publicist in Hollywood, spending his spare time writing a film script that he couldn't get made.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @mollyshirreen: The director of that catcalling video told me he wasn't trying to make it "a perfect representation." Hm. (via @tnr)

Oct 29, 2014

On Taylor Swift, John Green, Gillian Flynn, and psycho bitch man-eaters

Oct 29, 2014

Nobody does creepy-exorcist-kid like Jordan Peele, which is one reason to be crazy excited about his horror movie

Oct 29, 2014

RT @nsheizaf: Breaking: Head of Israeli Temple Mount Movement gravely wounded in assassination attempt in Jerusalem

Oct 29, 2014

RT @DissentMag: Props to Transparent creators for historical accuracy. This is the issue Jeffrey Tambor's character is clutching:…

Oct 29, 2014

@emilynussbaum conversely, sign of a great show is that you would happily watch a "Zeppo" about every character

Oct 27, 2014

Mostly, listening to 1989 just makes me wish we had a new Carly Rae album already

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