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Things We Loved This Week #2

In this week’s Things We Loved This Week we share (spoiler alert)…the things we loved! Read on for our pop culture recommendations. Set phasers to fun. [NSFW] The Mary Sue shared their thoughts on The Con-a-Sutra and it made us feel warm and fuzzy: “This book isn’t really a guide to get the stereotypical media image… Read more Things We Loved This Week #2

Smart Pop Classics: Coffee at Luke's

Smart Pop Classics: Happiness Under Glass from Coffee at Luke’s

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week, in her essay from Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest, Jill Winters compares Stars Hollow to a snow globe, a picture perfect place full of eternally content characters . . . and Lorelai Gilmore. RORY: It’s… Read more Smart Pop Classics: Happiness Under Glass from Coffee at Luke’s

Smart Pop Vintage: Taking the Red Pill cover

Smart Pop Classics: What Is The Matrix?

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week, media and cultural critic Read Mercer Schuchardt presents the definitive answer to the question “What is the Matrix?” in their piece from our very first Smart Pop book, Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The… Read more Smart Pop Classics: What Is The Matrix?