Category: Entertainment

A Lesson In Online Etiquette: How Game of Thrones Proved Me Wrong About the Internet and Manners

By: Melissa Levin

Editor’s Note: Coincidentally, this piece contains a spoiler about the “Red Wedding” episode of Game of Thrones.

Last weekend was my birthday. To celebrate, I invited a few close friends to join me for dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant in the Village. When deciding between whether to have said dinner on Saturday or Sunday night, I had a few considerations to weigh before making the reservation. Of course it was important that everyone could make it; of course it was important that a Sunday night celebration meant everyone couldn’t drink as much as one on Saturday. All of these things were definitely factors. Yet, I quickly came to realize that my most significant determining factor wasn’t about the guest list or my ability to let loose and party. No, my biggest concern about having the dinner party on Sunday night was that there was a chance I wouldn’t have the opportunity to be home and indulge in Mad Men and Game of Thrones.

The Fresh Prince of Harlem

 By: Brittany Elsner

Royalty.   We Americans have a never-ending fascination with aristocracy, both real (e.g. Britisy Royal family) and fictional (e.g. Downton Abbey and Disney Princesses).  We see them as something loftier than we are, as if because they have a crest, everything they touch is covered in gold dust.  So it is nice to see a member of that class – in this case, Prince Harry – doing something to give back.

“I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” – Why You Should Avoid Watching All 15 Episodes of Arrested Development In One Day…and other Impossible Tasks

By: Melissa Levin

It was Saturday, May 25, 2013, 7:15 p.m., Eastern Standard Time in New York City. I should have been out celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with friends and family. Or, if I was just going to sit here in an empty apartment I might as well have gotten a jumpstart on the pile of work I brought home this weekend like many other thirty-something lawyers.

Jason Collins, Chris Broussard and ESPN: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By: Michael Abitabilo

On April 29, 2013, NBA center Jason Collins became the first active professional athlete from one of the four major North American professional sporting leagues to publicly acknowledge he is gay.  While most of the major publications and websites covered just about every angle of this story in a more eloquent and professional way than I ever could, one of the more interesting subplots that developed involved ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, one of the few public figures whose reaction was not one of unconditional support and encouragement.

Boston, Pat Summerall, and Me: A Feel Story

By: Fern Solomon

I hate to be yet another person that takes a tragic event and finds a tangential personal connection towards it — as if they that person now has the right to eat more ice cream or watch the evolution of Chandler and Monica’s relationship on YouTube or however the hell he or she deals with depression.  In this case, though, the Boston Marathon incident and Pat Summerall’s passing occurring on consecutive days made me one of those people.  It made me take two events that in actuality have a limited relationship to one another and turned them into a sign that some action must take place stemming from my own insignificant self, goddammit. This is because despite being born, raised, and currently living the dream in Brooklyn, New York, I consider Boston a second home, and consider Pat Summerall — the greatest play-by-play man to ever strut this godforsaken rock — a key player in one of the happiest moments of my life.

Movies With Unexpectedly Similar Plots

By: Brian Mangan

In writing for the Read Zone, I often have to resist the temptation to link to other sites and their funny comments unless I have something in particular to add. I think that sites that just copy/paste content are lame (I’m looking at you, buzzfeed).

However, sometimes there is something out there that is simply too good to ignore.

Yesterday on reddit there was a thread called “What’s a tl;dr That Could Apply to Two Completely Different Films?”

A tl;dr, in internet parlance, stands for “too long; didn’t read” and will be posted by people to let the original poster know that their comment/article was too long or complex to read. To combat this, some folks will put a tl;dr after their own comment providing a summary of what the comment said. This is the internet here –  we are not known for our patience.