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Explain Me: We’re Baaaaaack!

Spring Break. Image: Paddy Johnson Welcome back to Explain Me! In an effort to produce content a little more regularly we’re trying something new: no editing. This means a little more baseless speculation, and off the cuff commentary, in return…

The politics of the books we display behind us during video calls

Daria Addabbo/Mondadori via Getty Images 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. Bafflingly, although…

How color helps a movie tell its story

There’s no Academy Award for Best Color — yet — but this less-celebrated element of filmmaking is used to propel and convey the plot. Here’s how. A sunny, hopeful yellow. An introspective turquoise. An arresting, violent red. When you see…