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I start watching baseball in my older sister’s apartment during Baltimore’s spring. It’s not for entertainment—every day, I breathe and sigh and occasionally eat and I am tired of it; for three hours, I would like not to exist. Baseball, with its droll and stretched–out minutes, offers that reprieve.
Formula 1 will have its inaugural Qatar Grand Prix this coming Sunday, which means that the Twittersphere is abuzz with hot takes galore. Fans mock F1’s various attempts at social justice initiatives: “we race as one except if there’s money, in which case f**k you” or “#WeRaceForMoney,” and so on. Whenever F1 takes place in a nation such as Qatar (other examples include China, the UAE, Russia, etc.), there is a common rallying cry: what about human rights?
Expectations are tricky things, and Ted Lasso—renewed and freshly serialized—has found itself beset by expectations from all sides.
The music video for Japanese rock band CHAI’s “N.E.O.” opens in a bright pink room with all four members wearing matching pink outfits. As the members’ faces flash on the screen, they are accompanied by the frenetic lyrics, “YOU ARE SO CUTE, NICE FACE, C’MON, YEAH!”
At one of the heights of Ohtani–mania, the phenomenon that hit just before starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani was to participate in the MLB’s annual Home Run Derby, ESPN media personality (and seminal purveyor of hot takes) Stephen A. Smith suggested that Shohei Ohtani wasn’t marketable because he needed an English interpreter.
When the creators of a new, Penn–specific trans–inclusive language guide talk about their work, it is with a mixture of pride, exhaustion, and a fierce desire to do even more.
The new season of Netflix’s Formula 1 documentary, Drive to Survive, is out, and along with its narratives—first race winners, death–defying struggles, corporate intrigue—comes one particularly glaring omission.
‘Why is nobody talking about this?’ is the common calling card of Asian American activism—it also exemplifies how mainstream Asian American activism falls short.
K–Pop has had another Nazi scandal.
In the year before life became real—that is, adult: exhilarating, pivotal, awful—I finished a crossword.
A decade after her debut with The Family Jewels, Marina Diamandis has officially become a feminist.
When I lived near Houston, Yao Ming was having a hall of fame career on the Houston Rockets, and I was arguing with my elementary school gym teacher about Yao’s height (7 feet, 6 inches tall, for the curious). After I moved to New Jersey, Jeremy Lin led the New York Knicks on a seven–game winning streak that was one of the most electrifying sports moments I have ever experienced. I owe the entirety of my sports obsession to the time I spent watching those two Asian men lighting up the NBA.
The entire premise of Lucas Pope's video game Papers, Please is simple, if somewhat bizarre: a border officer, selected through a job lottery in a fictional communist country called Arstotzka, shuffles through entrants’ paperwork to determine whether or not they can pass.a
Every sports story is, at its core, a love story, and 17776 is a love story of the grandest scope.