Kiss off! 28 gleeful breakup songs

1. Cee-Lo Green, “Fuck You” (2010)
Bitter, depressing odes to shattered romance have been around since people first put words to music. But pop music is a big tent, and while some folks fall apart when the relationship is over, others realize that they’re probably better off and choose to whoop it up and stick their…

Turkey wraps and dead dogs: 10 higher-education malcontents in pop culture

Milo Burke, The Ask
Milo Burke failed to make it as a painter and ends up working as professional ass-kisser at an unnamed New York City college’s fundraising—er, “development”—office. Neither his mindset nor novelist Sam Lipsyte's lean, relentlessly funny prose try to dress up these facts. The Ask’s chief symbol is…

Buffy wouldn’t listen to Widespread Panic: 11 fictional characters assigned questionable taste in music

1. Buffy and Willow embrace Widespread Panic and The String Cheese Incident, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Just being fictional doesn’t prevent characters from being entitled to their own tastes in art. Sometimes a character’s musical preferences can serve as lazy shorthand to establish an identity: Slap a Clash T-shirt on…