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‘Staten Island Summer’ Is an Inauspicious Start to Colin Jost’s Film Career

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It’s hard to say whether Colin Jost can’t catch a break or if he’s caught way, way too many. On the one hand, he’s the Harvard-educated head writer of the most prestigious comedy talent farm in America, and as co-anchor of its most beloved segment, he sits at the desk that’s launched a dozen A-list careers. On the other, the critical backlash to Jost’s time at Weekend Update thus far is rivaled only by that to his extra-SNL efforts, like this New Yorker piece (sample line: “Well, guess what, I’ll slap you and the horse you rode in on.”). Staten Island Summer, which debuts on Netflix this Friday, is not likely to remedy this situation.
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Read an Excerpt from ‘Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”

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Released in concert with the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard follows in the footsteps of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, providing a harrowing account that begins on the morning of the bombing and extends to the present day. Southard’s approach is devastating yet necessary, and, as Ian Buruma said in the New York Times, it gives us “some idea of what it must have been like for people who were unlucky enough not to be killed instantly.” The below account, taken from the second chapter of Southard’s book, tells of the first moments when the bomb struck the small port city, killing 74,000. — Jonathon Sturgeon
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Queen Latifah Gets Title Role, Mary J. Blige Is the Wicked Witch in NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

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A great deal of interest was sparked when it was announced the NBC’s next live musical would be The Wiz (especially considering tepid ratings and responses to Peter Pan). Between the more socially relevant selection and the curious collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the collective flame for the idea of a televised live musical had been somewhat rekindled. 
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Is this Really the Golden Age of Publishing? Ask Eddie Redmayne’s Brother

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According to Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins UK CEO and half-brother of Eddie, the book business has entered its Golden Age. He said as much earlier this month at a garden party for writers and publishers on a “glorious summer’s evening” in London. Publishing Perspectives quotes Redmayne, who was previously the CEO of Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, exhorting his guests to hold their heads high. “I genuinely believe publishing is entering a golden age,” he exclaimed. “There are more people reading than ever.”
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Camille Paglia Talks About This Crazy Weather We’re Having

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Camille Paglia, self-appointed feminist gadfly, is back at Salon with an interview in which she rides her various well-worn hobbyhorses into the glowing late-July sunset. Almost everything she says in this most recent (beware, there are more coming) installment — about topics like Bill Cosby, Emma Sulkowicz and the Clintons — ranges from incorrect to out of touch to genuinely insightful to extremely funny. She loves Freud, and also really loves Camille Paglia.

Well, not to be outdone in the scramble for those precious Paglia pageviews, we also talked to Paglia* about the hottest topic of the day: the hot weather we’ve been having lately. I mean seriously, it’s humid. So humid that only one thought came to mind: what does Camille Paglia think about the state of the thermometer, nay, both the thermometer and the barometer? Read on to find out.
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