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  1. Let’s Talk About Rudolph

    “Now I may be but a simple commoner, a man not all that familiar with aerial sleigh travel and the visibility restrictions that may or may not come with it, but I’d think that if a reindeer were born with a built in headlight, that reindeer would be one heck of a catch.”

    Humor
  2. Wonderful Cinema

    Looking for something good to watch? The passionate cinemaphiles behind Wonderful Cinema share digestible, spoiler-free reviews — and only for the movies they love.

    Popular Culture
    Image by Holder.Ellgaard via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  3. My Experience At Kid Rock’s Detroit Show As a Liberal Black Woman

    “As much as I’d love to say that I hated the show and wish I hadn’t gone… it was, in fact, entertaining.” Where do we draw the line between politics and entertainment?

    Political Commentary
  4. Native Appropriations

    Adrian Keene, the writer behind Native Appropriations, focuses on current events and popular culture through the lens of Native American representation.

    Commentary
  5. FilmGrab

    Are you a movie and/or photography buff? At FilmGrab, cinephile Donnacha is building “a growing archive of stills from the best films ever.”

    Art
  6. A Moveable Feast: A Brief History of the Revolving Restaurant

    From the archives of J. S. Graboyes’ Duck Pie blog, a look into the origins of an unnecessary-yet-fascinating 20th-century invention.

    Architecture
  7. “The human race was not, in fact, exterminated in the late 1990s, as the film portends—but we have been doing our damnedest ever since to make sure it is.”

    Commentary
  8. The Dark and Gothic Worlds of Fantasy Artist Shaima Islam

    Browse the dark fantasy art of Shaima Islam.

    Art
    "Stroll by the Docks," inspired by the TV series Black Sails. Microns and markers on paper, 6×10″, 2016. All art by Shaima Islam.
  9. terribleminds

    Terribleminds is the blog of novelist, screenwriter, and game designer Chuck Wendig. He blogs about writing, pop culture, and a whole lot more. His site can be sometimes NSFW (“not safe for work”) — and in some cases, he says, probably NSFL (“not safe for life”) — so read with caution!

    Authors
  10. The Public Medievalist

    From Game of Thrones to white-supremacist imagery, echoes of medieval culture are part of the current moment. The Public Medievalist is a webzine that explores the intersection of medieval history and modern politics and culture.

    Art
  11. Wonder Woman and Boogeymen

    Elizabeth cried watching Wonder Woman. Why? “I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie where a woman character kicked ass and all of us didn’t have to pay the price for that by first watching at least one woman be violently dehumanized before us.”

    Essay
    JD Hancock (CC BY 2.0)
  12. Here at the End of All Things

    “Fantasy worlds are defined by limits: much is unknown in these worlds, and the unknown either resists being known, or it is left in peace.” A longread on losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds, from Middle Earth to Westeros.

    Design
    Illustration by Kjell Reigstad, based on cartography by Dyson Logos.
  13. Stereogum

    A major hub for music lovers since 2002, Stereogum is a destination for discovering new songs, videos, and artists, and staying updated on industry news.

    Culture
  14. Fantastic Maps

    The website of professional fantasy-map creator Jonathan Roberts, who designed the official maps for Game of Thrones, offers map-building resources, tutorials, and samples of his published work.

    Design
    Official World Map for George RR Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire, by Jonathan Roberts.
  15. Every record tells a story

    From indie rock to metal and blues, Every record tells a story is a blog about vinyl, live performances, and above all: a music lover’s commitment to discovering new artists to explore.

    Music