Weekly Culture Round-Up: 'The Lone Ranger's' Epic Fail and Holden Caulfield's NYC

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Culture Section Must-Reads of the Week: 

5 New York City Spots Made Famous By Holden Caulfield (Steven Goldstein, @GoldsteinNU) – J.D. Salinger's protagonist wandered through NYC, and the classic story has spawned obsessions over various locations in Manhattan.
[7 Mics, 3 Comments, 9 Shares]

If 'Pacific Rim' Fails, the Film Industry is In Trouble (Anders Bergstrom, @andersjb) – What does it say about the state of the film industry if a director of Guillermo Del Toro’s passion and talent can’t drum up audience interest?
[9 Mics, 19 Comments, 41 Shares]

Adopting a Black Baby is Cheaper Than Adopting a White Baby (Evangeline Furton) – Some states and adoption agencies charge prospective parents more or less for adoption depending on the race of the child they pick.
[10 Mics, 21 Comments, 105 Shares]

5 Millennial Artists You Should Know About (Angie Hartley) – Is Bieber the voice you really want to represent the next great generation? Try tuning your ears, or eyes, to these young artists who are sharing the American millennial perspective.
[5 Mics, 5 Comments, 295 Shares] 

There is No One Path to Life After College (Ari King, @aribertramking) – You graduate, head into the real world, and have no idea what to do next. "Now What" is a new book that compiles stories and advice from people who have been in your shoes and survived.
[9 Mics, 5 Comments, 37 Shares]

Why Do We Care About Walter White? (Adam Hogue, @Hoguie) – We are beyond wanting anything from him. We are beyond a happy ending or a tragedy; we want to see him be Walter White, wherever that leads him.
[10 Mics, 5 Comments, 75 Shares]

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer Can't Save 'The Lone Ranger' (Jasper Zweibel, @JZweibel) – Made by the same team as the "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Lone Ranger" is only partially redeemed by a solid performance from Johnny Depp.
[8 Mics, 4 Comments, 7 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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