• Emma Margulies

    Frenemies

    Revisiting Friends in 2017

    February 2, 2017
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    It was late December. Having just finished (what will hopefully turn out to be) the worst finals week of my undergraduate life, I needed to do something that would entertain without educating, requiring thought, or upsetting me. This—along with an offhand comment from my mom about old TV shows—is what led me to Friends.   […]

    Where You Lead

    In Defense of Revival Rory

    December 8, 2016
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    Before I start, I should mention that this is not an unequivocal exoneration of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix’s reboot of the beloved, small-town mother-daughter dramedy I can easily call my favorite show.  I’ve still got too many feelings, not all of them good, about the whole endeavor, but I’m waiting on […]

    unfamiliar waters

    loving and moana at the movies

    December 1, 2016
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    Loving, Jeff Nichols’ new biopic about the couple at the center of the Supreme Court case that ended anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, is neither truly a biopic nor a film about the center of anything. The name’s on the nose, but only incidentally—Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) was a white laborer who, in 1958, […]

    The Backstreet Boys and the Cheerleader Effect

    Why trench coats, tight vests, and bucket hats suddenly became attractive

    October 27, 2016
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    This week, amidst a sea of midterms, friend drama, and adult responsibilities, my mind could  focus on only one thing: How did the Backstreet Boys manage to look so sexy in absurd 1990s fashion? Let me backtrack quickly and explain how I got to be so obsessed with one of the most iconic boy bands […]

    footnotes on faith

    overheard on Amtrak

    October 20, 2016
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    1. In September, I was on an Amtrak train to Boston when I realized that the man next to me was calling somebody who was dealing with schizophrenia. So, the people in your head, he said, clearing his throat. What team are they on? Who’s the organizer? Who makes the plays? Talk me through it. […]