Aaron Sorkin

30 Writers’ Invaluable Advice to Graduates


Graduation season is fast approaching, the time of the year when some of our favorite writers are tasked with summing up the wisdom to be accrued from the process of growing up in ten succinct minutes of witty truth. These days, a successful graduation speech has the very real chance of going viral, and then living forever as a book: from David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life to Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art, the best graduation speeches are finding a new life. This crop includes the brand-new Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders, a pretty-in-print encapsulation of his 2013 Syracuse Graduation speech. It’s reason enough to collect 30 of the best, wisest, and pithiest pieces of advice from the greatest writers to attempt the graduation …Read More

20 Overlooked Romantic Comedies From the Last Two Decades


Earlier this week, New York magazine’s Bilge Ebiri and David Edelstein ranked the top 25 romantic comedies that have come out since 1989’s When Harry Met Sally…, which, one could argue, set the standard for contemporary romantic comedies. Since every list of this sort inspires arguments and nitpicks, I thought I’d go ahead and take the bait. Here are 20 great films that were sadly …Read More

Why ‘The Newsroom’ Is a Failure: Aaron Sorkin Can’t Write Antiheroes


The Newsroom can’t catch a break. Season 2, a nine-episode block that wrapped up this Sunday, clearly tried to put the worst of Season 1 behind it, adding a season-long arc and taking the edge off the female hysteria. But somehow, the show still didn’t come together. The snappy dialogue was all there, as was the middlebrow elitism and all of the other guilty pleasure elements that can make watching an Aaron Sorkin show so fun. The problem is that even when Sorkin does what he does best, it’s still not enough to measure up to the shows that are its peers — namely, its fellow hour-long dramas on HBO and other prestige networks. In the Age of the Antihero, The Newsroom makes a few halfhearted attempts at unlikable protagonists and moral ambiguity, but it’s unable to follow through with them. And that’s why no matter how hard it tries, the show is doomed to fail (with the critics, at least).
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