With Lila, Marilynne Robinson crafts one of the unlikeliest trilogies in modern American lit

For most of her career, no one thought Marilynne Robinson would write fiction again. After releasing Housekeeping in 1980, she waited 24 years before her next novel, Gilead. But it was worth the wait: Gilead is one of the great American novels of the early 21st century, and deserved its 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Fans might…

“But he’s my brother!” 21 pop-culture siblings from the last decade who got rather... close

The last decade, from the early ’00s to now, have been the Age Of Getting Jiggy With Your Sibling, step-, half-, secret-, or otherwise. It’s not a new taboo, but for some reason, storytellers have been transgressing this particular boundary like crazy—drawing a kind of titillating horror from watching siblings…

That’s Turtle Power: 22 soundtrack songs that double as film synopses (part 1)

With the release of the new, Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came the debut of “Shell Shocked,” a song by Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign that fulfills the Ninja Turtles franchise requisite of a rap song about being a Ninja Turtle. But with its generic lyrics about fighting battles and how…

Introducing the bands: 22 songs that double as band histories and/or mission statements

The Monkees’ theme song couldn’t be more perfectly efficient, probably because it was written—by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart—as the intro to the band’s TV show. And it reveals pretty much everything you might need to know about the group: They’re here, they’re a little weird (people even say they monkey around),…

What’s your favorite book so far this year?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What’s your favorite TV show of the year so far?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What’s your favorite song of the year so far?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Pages most likely to succeed: Our favorite books of 2014 (so far)

Earlier this year Amazon, where the capitalism stork gets all the books before he brings them to your house, went to war with Hachette, one of the largest publishing houses in the world, and got people talking about books—or at least how they’re published—again. If that’s all it took, why didn’t we start a…

What’s your favorite movie of the year so far?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…