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A Happy Ending is Never Simple

We love refreshing takes on well-worn formulas, and these two movies are leading the charge where the rom-com is concerned.

Serial NewsNew Episodes: Dead Air and Bookburners

The Kentucky Derby and a season finale | New episodes out this week!

In Dead Air, Mackenzie heads to the Kentucky Derby. For research, of course. And in the season finale of Bookburners, the Engströms’ final play for power has deadly consequences. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!

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The pen is mightier—and so much sharper—than the sword

Today would’ve been Dorothy Parker’s 125th birthday, and though the internet did not exist during her lifetime, listicle scribes sustain her legacy every August 22nd by collecting the acid-sharp literary barbs for which Parker was so famous.

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Listen to the binge-worthy Dead Air podcast!

Check out Mackenzie’s podcast for a uniquely immersive experience. Does the truth lie in the serial, the podcast . . . or somewhere in-between?

Serial NewsNew Episodes: Dead Air and Bookburners

An impending attack and diving down the rabbit hole | New episodes out this week!

In Dead Air, Mackenzie's investigation gets messy. And in Bookburners, the team rushes to save the Vatican from impending disaster. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!

Do androids dream of writing the great American novel? 🤖

Hi readers, Artificial intelligence isn’t just the stuff of sci-fi—it’s everywhere in our lives today, from natural disaster warnings to personality assessment to, well, almost everything that Google does. It’s not sentient robots (or a smartphone assistant you can really talk to)… yet. Instead, we’re talking machine learning, a kind of AI in which a computer “learns” how to do something by practice and iteration, or, in the case of neural networks, by being shown a large pool of examples, and extrapolating from there. A simple, practical kind of neural net learning is facial recognition. Instead of programmers needing to write an extensive set of instructions defining what a face is and isn’t, they can show a neural net thousands of images of faces, and the computer extrapolates from there. You’ve probably seen neural nets doing much less dignified work on Twitter, where they’re a favorite of amateur programmers and jokesters. You can ask a neural net to generate Goop...Read More >

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The real George Washington and trying not to repeat mistakes | New episodes out this week!

Bookburners continues with the team return to the scene of an old failure . . . and try their best not to repeat their previous mistakes. In 1776 August, we meet the real George Washington. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!

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Can you ever return to Pooh Corner? 💗 🍯

We wrote a few weeks ago about the glut of sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and reboots at the movies and on TV these days, but this weekend’s film line-up reminded us of another category: the live-action adaptation of an animation classic.

Serial NewsNew Episodes: Dead Air and Bookburners

A true crime investigation and an old enemy | New episodes out this week!

Dead Air begins with a true crime mystery on a college radio show. Bookburners continues with the team preparing for an onslaught of magic. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!

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Is there life on Mars? 🦑

This week, we’re thinking about science and science fiction, and how the two can feed into each other in excellent ways.

Serial NewsNew Episodes of A Most Dangerous Woman and Bookburners

A thrilling conclusion and a race against time | New episodes out this week!

Bookburners continues with a search for a magical artifact. And A Most Dangerous Woman comes to a stunning end in the season finale. Plus, a new micro story is published on our third Microfiction Monday!

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Did you see that Iron Man dog? 😍

Hi readers, Every year, San Diego Comic Con brings a tidal wave of movie and TV announcements, and don’t worry, we’re not going to inundate you further. You can see any trailers you missed here, but we want to look at something different: not the movies and comics being announced and teased, but the full-fledged storytelling happening at Comic Con itself. As Andrew Liptak at The Verge wrote, “By now, San Diego Comic-Con is far more than a series of reveals for high-profile film and television projects and a giant, geek flea market. Over the years, it’s increasingly become home to immersive pop-up activations that bring to life a tiny sliver of a world for fans.” You can read a round-up of all these immersive off-sites here. Sure, these pop-ups are advertisements—isn’t all of Comic Con, when you think about it?—but they’re also very cool ways of approaching storytelling. Liptak wrote about an “activation” promoting The History Channel’s new scripted...Read More >

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