Or perhaps you think Empire won the week; after all, reviewing its Season 2 premiere, Willa Paskin declared it “the most important show on TV.” (That makes it more important than Scream Queens, Minority Report, and The Big Bang Theory, which also premiered this week.)
But you would be wrong, for the theme of this week in culture is pigs. Think about it: Hamm, for one thing, that swine. Also, the new Muppets sitcom came to prime time and promptly ruined onetime HPIC Miss Piggy. The hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the musical Hamilton—about the life of Alexander Hamilton, sometimes known as A. Ham—will be out Friday and is streaming now. Meanwhile overseas, Piggate reared its boarish head, and eerie parallels to Black Mirror emerged.
And finally, one brave publication raised the question of whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who has always sounded rather porcine, was in fact fat. The verdict? According to A Slate Investigation™, yes he was! Oink.
A few more hits from this week in culture:
- There’s a new caption that works for every New Yorker cartoon.
- Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 in its entirety.
- What cartoon Yogi Bear owed to baseball great Yogi Berra.
- A taxonomy of how we use the iPhone’s notes app.
- Master memoirist Mary Karr’s book-length tribute to memoirs is out now.
- It’s the 20th anniversary of the cult classic Showgirls.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a new Black Panther series for Marvel.
- Onion spinoff StarWipe is no ClickHole, at least not yet.
- Nancy Meyers and One Kings Lane: a match made in heaven.
- What’s fact and what’s fiction in Black Mass.
- Drake released a new mixtape, but he got upstaged by Future.