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It’s been a week all about fall cleaning. We're getting the section in back-to-school mode, lining up some exciting events (happy hour!), and filling our calendar with enough fall coverage to make us forget about the pending cooler weather. We survived summer (it was tough): three months of CGI-insanity and hiatuses on most of our favorite shows. I, for one, couldn't be happier to get my shows back. 

As we head into fall, we’re refreshed and ready to get back into the regular swing of things. As you may or may not have heard, we’re on the hunt for a team of fall TV recappers. We’re looking for devoted fans of Homeland, The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Parks and Recreationto commit themselves to coverage. E-mail me with interest or questions.

Also! As we head into fall content, we’d really love your feedback. How does PolicyMic fit into your consumption of culture coverage? What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? E-mail me and share your thoughts:

Shout Outs of the Week: 
Shout out to Glenn Davis whose Breaking Bad recaps have earned a faithful following. His recap on last week's episode, "Rabid Dog," was the most read Culture story of the week. 

Shout out to Ghezal Hamidi whose piece 200 Years After 'Frankenstein,' Science Fiction Is No Longer a Boys' Club was picked up by Salon. Additional shout out to new writer Casey Jayworkwhose piece Ben Affleck is the Batman Gotham City Needs, was also crossposted by Salon
Save the Date: 
Reminder to save the date! We will be holding a PolicyMic Culture Section Happy Hour on Tuesday Sept. 17th. Details to come but expect: the glorious tour of our new digs, some IRL face time with me and Julianne, and a meet and great with some of our awesome New York-based writers.
What Have You Been Up To? 
Want the PolicyMic community to know about the show you’re in, the article you published, or the book you just wrote? E-mail me any achievements or announcements that you’d like shared out in the newsletter. I’ll be highlighting our pundits successes both on and offline, so send in your triumphs!
Culture Section Must-Reads of the Week: 
The One Thing White Writers Get Away With, But Authors of Color Don’t (Gracie Jin,@gracie_jin) – Critics are dumbfounded by the fact that Bill Cheng, a Chinese American from Queens, New York, wrote his debut novel about rural Mississippi. Would a white writer have received the same response?
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5 New Songs Every Music Lover Needs to Hear This Week (Alexandra Svokos, @asvokos) – Summer may be over, but don't fear. These songs will keep you going all the way into fall.
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Would You Spend $34,000 On a Fake Van Gogh? (Alicia Schleifman) – The Van Gogh Museum is trying to make art more accessible by producing 3D replicas of certain paintings in their collection ... for a hefty price. Is this the right way to pursue that goal?
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The People Have Spoken: 2013’s Summer Movies Sucked (Nick Recktenwald, @NickReck7) – 2013 was the year audiences finally grew tired of the Armageddon, and searched for something with a little more heart.
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J.D. Salinger and 5 Authors as Reclusive as They Were Famous (Sam Stryker, @sbstryker) – In response to the new biography and documentary about J.D. Salinger, here are five other fascinating writers who avoided the public eye.
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What This Artist Gained After Losing 110 Pounds (Grace Kuipers) – Jen Davis became famous for capturing striking portraits of the struggles of being overweight. Now, 110 pounds lighter, she still employs the vulnerability that captivated us all along.
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9 New Shows Poised To Be Fall’s Must-See TV (Pete D’Alessandro, @PeteofAllTrades) – On both broadcast networks and premium channels, there's plenty of promising content debuting this fall.
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