io9 has published a very interesting essay on the ethical implications of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” a show that suggested at various points that vampires could have their souls returned to them, but never bothered to do it on a mass scale so it would be okay for its titular character to live up to her title. The critic Zack Handlen argued that this inconsistent logic is common in action storytelling, if only so the heroes have someone they can kill without the audience becoming disturbed by the carnage they carry out. This leads us to our question of the day: What story leaves you with lingering ethical nausea and why?


Ethan Hawke, left, and Julie Delpy, in a scene from the film “Before Midnight,” directed by Richard Linklater. (Despina Spyrou/Sony Pictures Classics via Associated Press)

• The New Yorker is trying to figure out a more coherent digital strategy, but no word yet on whether it will finally get its archives out of that irritating PDF format.

• Ethan Hawke on “Boyhood,” his most recent movie with Richard Linklater.

• Against more Harry Potter short stories.

• James Poniewozik convinces me to bump “Extant” up my watch list, though it may have to wait until after the Television Critics Association press tour, for which I leave this weekend.

• On Morrissey as a political artist.

• I do not know that “The Little Engine That Could” is a feminist parable, but “The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes” is definitely a proto-”Lean In.”

• Amnesty International starts a new Web site to try to make it easier to figure out when war footage is real or when it is fake.

• Now that this has been announced, it sort of amazes me that Courtney Love has not been on “Sons of Anarchy” sooner.

• I am not sure why John Wayne’s estate thinks that it has more claim to the moniker “Duke” than the school of the same name, if it thinks the school is overreaching in creating Duke products.

• News at 11, pop song lyrics often do not make a whole lot of sense.

 

Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.