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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.

A to Z, Selfie, and the Rom-Com Sitcom's Problems — If you've ever seen a Hugh Grant movie, "Selfie"'s premiere should look familiar. In the final scene, there's a woman (the lively, charming Karen Gillan) chasing down a man (the laid-back, charming John Cho), yelling "I need you! Don't give up on me." They apologize, they flirt, and suddenly they're laughing as rain falls around them.

College Republicans' 'Say Yes to the Dress' Ad Is Condescending — Voting is hard, right ladies? Luckily, the College Republican National Committee is here to help put things in terms we'll understand: wedding dresses. Also reality shows.
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Oct 23, 2014

Has Scandal gotten rid of the "previously on...."?

Oct 23, 2014

This is such a wonderful piece on the opening credits of @transparent_tv + the 1960s drag ball docu it draws from

Oct 23, 2014

@clocarus I could actually cast this entire thing with actors from current MTV shows

Oct 23, 2014

@clocarus 1000 times yes on Brie Larson. Ashley Rickards as Veronica. Josh Hutcherson as Archie. Emma Stone as Cheryl Blossom

Oct 23, 2014

@clocarus… officially taking back all my complaints about stupid TV shows based on comic books

Oct 23, 2014

An Archie TV show! from Everwood's Greg Berlanti! this is happening!

Oct 23, 2014

@PattiGreco I mean, he bought a girl a wall. of course he pays on dates.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @CitizenCohn: When I heard about the egg freezing controversy, I thought, What does @rtraister think of this? Now I know:…

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