I wrote a long piece today about the tradition of college movies that treat partying and a toxic attitude towards male sexuality as if they are revolutionary acts. But the process of researching and writing it also made me think about college films or television that have done a better job of complicating the idea that the whole point of higher education is to divest yourself of your virginity and to consume as much beer as humanely possible without dying. While somewhat repetitive, this season of “Parenthood” seemed to me to do a nice job tackling depression in college, and of course “Undeclared” has its high moments, which suggests that television might do a stronger job of complicating college narratives than movies. Our question of the day: which college stories do you think rise above the pack?
-Remembering Maya Angelou’s career as a musician.
-The American Prospect will become a quarterly journal.
-President Obama will host a summit on head injuries and sports.
-Yay, Amy Poehler’s memoir!
-The roster of people who have been defenestrated from the Marvel movie franchise is…revealing.
-The Song of the Summer race is on in earnest.
-Broadway attendance is up.
-Adam Shankman is making a show about gay life in New York for HBO.
-The prospect of sitting shiva with Adam Driver would be strange in any circumstances, but “This Is Where I Leave You” makes it look especially unpromising: