It’s the last weekend of February, and the countdown until spring will pass faster with the aid of great culture. Start with some excellent recent reads. In longform, have your breath taken away by Kathryn Schulz’s exploration of loss in The New Yorker; in Harper’s, follow self-proclaimed “queer, Jewish, anti-Putin” journalist Masha Gessen through the annual conference, in Georgia, of an organization devoted to promoting nuclear families rooted in heterosexual marriage; and linger over former NHL star Corey Hirsch’s moving account of coping with mental illness as a professional athlete in The Player’s Tribune.
Fill out your Oscars ballot and get the snacks ready. The Academy Awards airs Sunday at 5:30PM PST/8:30PM EST, and it’s sure to be jam-packed with droolworthy outfits, emotional acceptance speeches and (perhaps more so now than ever) heated political commentary.
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s pick for national security adviser, once paid an unexpected homage to George Costanza.
Bill Maher wants to take a little bit of the credit for Milo Yiannopoulos’s recent career spiral.
Aaron Sorkin had politics on his mind during Sunday’s Writers Guild of America Awards.