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Phillips has written for Grantland, MTV News, The New Yorker, and other publications. His first book, the New York Times–best-selling ‘Impossible Owls,’ was published in 2018.

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Let’s Talk About Magic Dick Theory in ‘Dune’

If you look deep enough, much of traditional fantasy and science fiction boils down to the theory. Including ‘Dune.’ Until it doesn’t.

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The ‘Fargo’ Finale Remembered Its Roots and Proved the Show Can Still Surprise Us

At times, Season 5 wasn’t quite as uncanny or experimental as the franchise has shown it can be, but in the end, it led to a reconciliation far stranger and more unexpected than we could have imagined

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College Football Never Made Sense. Nick Saban Was the Exception.

College football has always been the sport with the deepest connection to the cracked, beautiful, and terrifying carnival of the American psyche, and no one seemed to comprehend and control that carnival like Saban

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The Year AI Conquered Our Imaginations—Before It Eventually Conquers the World

Generative AI wasn’t invented in 2023, but 2023 was the year it became a hit. Now we’re left to wonder where tech’s first exciting innovation in a while will lead humanity—and the robots themselves.

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The Demon of Bedlam Returns for One Last Dance, Fueled by College Football Greed

This Saturday’s conclusion of the century-old Oklahoma–Oklahoma State rivalry isn’t haunted just by painful sports memories, but by a larger, more nefarious dark force

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The Osage Writer Whose Voice Haunts ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

More than 80 years before David Grann and Martin Scorsese, an Osage author wrote about the era of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.’ This is his story.

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How Did ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Become One of the Most Comforting Shows on TV?

The hit Hulu whodunit is a comedy that features exquisite interior design, beloved guest stars, and a bulldog named Winnie. But it’s also, um, a show about murder?

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Online Word Games Are Ruining My Life. And Probably Yours, Too.

Wordle is only the tip of the spear where our current plague of cutesy viral word games is concerned

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Carlos Alcaraz Has Ushered In a Thrilling New Era of Unpredictability in Tennis

After two decades of dominance from Tennis’s Big Three, Alcaraz has offered a sudden, shocking reminder of what it feels like to watch a sport in which nothing is known in advance

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The USWNT Faced a New Kind of Uncertainty in the 2023 World Cup and Lost

The Americans have tactical problems to solve, but as the team completes its transition from the Alex Morgan–Megan Rapinoe generation to the Sophia Smith–Trinity Rodman generation, it also has deeper questions to answer