Weekly Culture Round Up: Summer's Must-Read Books and Kanye's Identity Crisis

Another PolicyMic week, another round of culture section victories.


As we head into summer, my focus is expanding the culture section to cover a broader range of arts and entertainment topics. More books, more fine arts, and more first hand reviews, recaps, and niche events. Are there happenings you’d like to see covered? Books you’re interested in hearing more about? Shows we should be re-capping, or up-and-coming artists we should be profiling and paying attention to? I want to be covering the topics that matter to you, and the best way to do that is with some good old-fashioned collaboration. Please share your thoughts via e-mail! (elena@policymic.com)


Shout Outs of the Week: 
A big shout out to the summer skillsharers who are bringing a whole range of new voices and new topics to the site. Check out Chelsea Hawkins’ in-depth look at a cutting-edge Native American hip-hop trio, and Rachel Redfern’s take-down of society’s overuse of personality tests.

What have you been up to? In the weekly newsletter I’ll be sharing our illustrious pundits fantastic writing achievements as well as highlighting news about what we’re all doing offline. If you have anything you’d like me to include (accomplishments, achievements, job openings), about yourself of a fellow PolicyMic-er, please send it my way!

Culture Section Must Reads of the Week:  

New York Versus Los Angeles: A Tale Of Two Cities (Chloe Stillwell, @chloekillwell) – With all of the journalistic bickering about N.Y. and L.A., it might be time to start taking a look at our own cities and habits, and stop throwing each other under the bus.
[10 Mics, 5 Comments, 31 Shares]

5 Hilarious Memories and Valuable Lessons Learned From My Late Dad (Laura Donovan, @LauraDonovanUA– Father's Day shouldn't be sad, even for those without a father, so here are some amusing and perhaps LOL-worthy experiences I had growing up under my parents' roof.
[29 Mics, 30 Comments, 49 Shares]

Why Country Stars and Rap Stars Aren’t As Different As You Might Think (Jazmine Woodberry, @jbwoodberry– "Accidental Racist" aside, country and hip hop can be done well together, and the reason might be that they aren't as different as you'd think.
[3 Mics, 3 Comments, 3 Shares]

10 Must-Read Summer Books Of 2013 (Gia Coturri) – Want to stay on the cutting edge of literature? Keep an eye out for these 10 new books by high profile authors.
[15 Mics, 11 Comments, 37 Shares]

'Yeezus' May Walk, But the 'Kanye West' Brand Is Making Kanye West Stumble (Osman Noor, @OzzyForMayor) – West's new album, "Yeezus" seems to indicate he wants to be himself but, thanks to his brand, he can’t be.
[6 Mics, 2 Comments, 16 Shares] 

My Journey With Celine and Jesse From 1995's 'Before Sunrise' to 2013's 'Before Midnight' (Holly Leber, @hollyleber) – "Before Midnight," a follow-up to "Before Sunrise," is about what happens when you get what you've always wanted; and the series has taken millennials through 18 years of love.
[3 Mics, 0 Comments, 3 Shares]

What the 6 Most Profitable Movies Of All Time Reveal About America (Adam Hogue, @hoguie) – A look at the six most profitable films at the domestic box office and what they really say about Americans and Canadians.
[13 Mics, 3 Comments, 6 Shares]

ICYMI: The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode That Broke Social Media
What Happened Last Night On GOT That Caused a Twitter Meltdown? (Robinson O’Brien Bours, @RobinsonOB) – The latest episode of HBO's hit 'Game of Thrones' series was shocking, unsettling, and sad. Check the recap on the tragedy of House Stark here.
[9 Mics, 10 Comments, 54 Shares]

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Elena Sheppard

Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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