Another awesome week at PolicyMic. Check out the top Culture stories, reviews, and interviews of the week.
Top Feature Stories in Culture:
How to Preserve a Liberal Heart (Missy Kurzweil) – ""If you're not liberal at 20 you have no heart; if you're not conservative at 40 you have no brain." This quote has always fascinated me, and lately I’ve been thinking about it more. My fascination stems from the fact that, frankly, it’s hard to fathom ever identifying with the conservative people I’m exposed to these days, let alone becoming one of them in 20 years. But according to Churchill, I am par for the course."
Zoe Saldana: After Being Cast as Nina Simone, a Controversy About Racism in the Movies (Lilly O’Donnell) – "But is this casting choice further whitewashing Hollywood, sending a message to young black girls everywhere that they’re not pretty enough for the big screen? Or is it just an effect of the fact that film is art, representation, and not exact replication – or is it both of those things?"
Would Mitt Romney Eat from a Halal Cart? (James Ramsay) – "If the per capita income in New York City, according to the 2010 census, is less than $31,000 a year, and unemployment is at 10.2%, there’s no way to reconcile fancy restaurants with democratic life. It’s so drastically exclusive that to conflate fine dining with anything larger is disparaging towards the actual Culture available in this city. Being rich isn’t a problem, it’s just not interesting, and neither are the things rich people do."
Reviews of the Week:
Andy Warhol Exhibit at the MET: Michael Jackson is Not the King of Pop (Lizzie Rechter)
Andy Warhol: Marilyn Monroe’s Lips (1962)
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is Like Bad Sex (Jasper Zweibel) – "The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is what I imagine unsatisfying sex is like for a woman. It's really enjoyable for a while, but there's absolutely no payoff, and eventually it just gets tedious and a little bit painful."
Revolution Review: NBC Premiere is Bland, But the Sci Fi Series Could Succeed (Daniel Tanure) – "Revolution may be a new rival to the ever-so-helpful Dictionary of, Like, ALL the Post-Apocalyptic Clichés, by George Romero. It features every single trope of the genre: Slightly fascist militias, the drunk lowlife who is secretly awesome, the determined and impossibly hot chick who is good with a bow and has a tendency to get sentimental (Pfft, women … You know how it is … Am I right fellas? Who’s with me?) etc."
I Am The Change Review: How the Left Has Failed the Test of History (James Velasquez) – "For Charles Kesler, the great crisis facing progressive liberalism is that 100 years after the 1912 election of Woodrow Wilson, President Obama has failed to bring together the great union of the left that his candidacy promised. Without that union, confidence in the left will continue to decline and their political philosophy will continue to fail."
Interview of the Week:
2016: Obama’s America: An Interview with Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza (Elena Sheppard) – "The sharpest takeaway from 2016 is D’Souza’s assurance of Obama’s hidden radicalism, a radicalism he believes Obama will finally display in full force if and when he is elected to a second term; a radicalism D’Souza believes will lead to a rise in Islamic powers, and a weakening of American influence abroad."
People Around the Web are Talking About:
The Emmy Awards: TV’s biggest night is Sunday. The ongoing buzz is whether Mad Men will win best drama for the fifth year in a row … this would be a record. Check out all the nominees, the predictions, and come back for PolicyMic's live blog coverage.
Homeland is Almost Here: President Obama says he watches it, Claire Danes is nearly a shoe-in for the Emmy, and even The New York Times has Homeland fever. In the program (which returns Sept. 20) Danes plays a bi-polar C.I.A. agent. Yes.
The Brooklyn Barclay’s Center Opens Thursday: The city project that Jay-Z is so famously involved in will open to the public this week. New home of the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclay's Center is one of the most controversial things to happen to Brooklyn in last few years. Read about the controversy here.