New This Week

In our new feature, Why Is This Commercial?, Noel Murray explored DirecTV’s utter distaste for cable.


One of our newest features, NOT OPTIONAL, received the video treatment this week. Snuggle up with a can of Diet Dr. Thunder and enjoy some of our can’t-miss entertainments.

Don’t Miss

  • HBO’s Enlightened is one of the best shows on TV right now, and if you want it to get the third season it deserves, now’s the time to tune in.
  • The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon told us how Weezer’s “Hash Pipe” was the sound of the band giving up by writing lyrics that were both meaningless and unintelligible.
  • We did our first Taste Test in the brand new Taste Test Laboratories where we sampled the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor chips.
  • A few of our staffers explained how movies taught us how to have a fun time during Spring Break. “Woo”s were had by all.
  • The release of The Last Exorcism Part II has us thinking about five other movies dealing with demonic possession in this week’s Watch This.
  • We became ridiculously excited by the prospect of a Chris Rock/Dave Chappelle comedy tour, and learned that Bill Bellamy likes to wear all the clothes at the same time.
  • Hey now! The Larry Sanders Show was one of the best sitcoms of the ’90s, as these 10 episodes prove just how effective it was.


This week in Great Job, Internet!


What are we arguing about this week?

This week’s AVQ&A discussed our favorite poems. Whether it be the lavish wordsmithery of William Shakespeare or ones that offer classic Simpsons references, we’re equal opportunity laureates here.

This weekend

See: If genuine chills are what you crave, Stoker has them in spades, avoiding all the pitfalls of the needless—and awkwardly titled—The Last Exorcism Part II.


Read: Karen Russell expands her range with Vampires In The Lemon Grove, another book of excellent short stories.

Listen to: Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace debut proves he still has plenty of life left in him, and plenty of new grooves courtesy of Flea.

Watch: Enlightened is one of the best shows on TV, so catching up on that before its season finale this weekend would be a smart move. Plus it allows you to avoid another disappointing episode of Community.