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Things We Loved This Week #11

Things We Loved This Week #11

In this week’s Things We Loved This Week we share (spoiler alert)…the things we loved! Read on for our pop culture recommendations including a sneak peak at Robb Pearlman’s forthcoming Star Trek Book of Friendship, highlights from the Mission: Chicago Star Trek convention, snapshots of the world’s most famous Storm Trooper, and a can’t-miss updated… Read more Things We Loved This Week #11

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Smart Pop Classics: The Neuroscience of Survivor

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. In “The Neuroscience of Survivor” from The Psychology of Survivor, Dr. Karyn Frick explores why Survivor is tough on brains, and why the “Sole Survivor” might have the most resilient brain. Outwit. It’s the first of the three tenets upon which… Read more Smart Pop Classics: The Neuroscience of Survivor

Spring TV and Films + Books

Our idea of a well-rounded life includes a solid mix of TV, films, and books. Alternate your pop culture viewing and reading with this handy pairing guide featuring your favorite fandoms! Watch: The Batman Read: Batman Unauthorized The latest spin on Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson as the caped-crusader, is in theaters now, and after we hit… Read more Spring TV and Films + Books

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Smart Pop Classics: Love Saves the World

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. In “Love Saves the World” from Seven Seasons of Buffy, Jean Lorrah argues that the love shared by Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles is real and lasting, and constitutes a family more stable and loving than most blood families. And… Read more Smart Pop Classics: Love Saves the World