The 5 best TV shows of August 2019

A Black Lady Sketch Show, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance were among the best shows of August and the longest titled shows of August. (Alternate caption: What do you think they’re all looking at?) | HBO/Showtime/Netflix From epic fantasies starring puppets to refreshing sketch comedy, these were the best new shows of the month. August used to be the worst month of them all for television….

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There are zero reasons why 13 Reasons Why’s third season should exist

Dylan Minnette as Clay in 13 Reasons Why | David Moir/Netflix It is irresponsible, ridiculous, and boring too. In its 13-episode third season, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why has proved definitively that it has no reason left to exist. That wasn’t always the case. The show’s first season was socially irresponsible in its depiction of suicide; experts at the time warned that it violated most of their guidelines for avoiding suicide contagion, and a recent study…

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It’s time to talk about James Mattis’s involvement with the Theranos scandal

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrives for a closed intelligence briefing at the US Capitol in December 2018. | Win McNamee/Getty Images He’s selling a book, not saving the country from Trump. Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is back in the public eye with a book to promote, doing interviews and speaking in public about his career in government service. That’s a golden opportunity to finally ask some tough questions about his prior service on…

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Coco Gauff’s game has flashes of greatness. Tennis fans believe she’s Serena Williams’s heir apparent.

Coco Gauff at the 2019 US Open | Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images Why 15-year-old Coco Gauff is the biggest story from the 2019 US Open. Say what you want about the tennis season’s heights — how the Australian Open kicks it off, the topsy-turviness of Roland Garros and its brick red clay, or how the sport’s cultural traditions (like tennis whites) are baked into Wimbledon. It’s the US Open that is the…

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Exploring the vast world of Seinfeld fanfiction

Sony Pictures Television And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of August 25, 2019. At Electric Lit, Aditi Natasha Kini explains why she moved from fiction to essay-writing: It is no secret that the writing of the marginalized…

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Mobile, AL high school football game shooting: what we know

Mobile, Alabama’s Ladd Peebles Stadium, the site of the shooting. | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Ten people were shot at the game; police have detained two people for questioning. Ten teenagers were shot Friday night at a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama, according to local police. According to Mobile police Chief Lawrence L. Battiste IV, two people have been detained for questioning. Saturday morning, police arrested Deangelo Parnell, 17, and charged him with nine…

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