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Marvel’s latest hit is relentlessly overhyped, but it’s perfect for our Covid reality

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How I Got Radicalized

Before it was a camp classic, the 1995 film liberated me from the politics of taste

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In conversation with the author on her new book, ‘Shit, Actually’

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How I Got Radicalized

This scene from ‘Charlie’s Angels’ proved you could have it all — hot friends and socialism

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The Democratic National Convention is just one example of things better experienced at a remove

Senator Kamala Harris speaks via Zoom during a Women for Biden event on May 21, 2020. Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

Medium Rare

In this week’s digest of stories from the Medium universe, celebrity stan culture gets a little out of control

The game provides players a sense of daily routine and gives them an open world to wander — a luxury that’s sorely lacking from our lives

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Now more than ever, I need athletes to go places and do cool things so that I might live vicariously through them

A practice field at the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox spring training facility, Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, on April 7, 2020. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

You would think people would be looking for escapism. Instead, they’re turning to entertainment to see a reflection of their worst fears.

A scene from the series ‘Chernobyl.’ Photo: Liam Daniel/HBO

Television was supposed to be the ultimate idiot box. Then came the internet.

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