POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: 5 THINGS TO WATCH, READ, & DO IN JUNE

10:30 am
06/05/18

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This month’s pop culture picks for busy parents have us giddy for summer and more time (maybe?) to enjoy juicy storytelling in all of its forms.

1. Over at the movieplex, June is a major month for big pictures. Naturally, there’s a lot to see, but pop culture-loving parents should make a beeline for the casting extravaganza that is the Ocean’s 8 all-female reboot (we’re talking Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna?!, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina) and Incredibles 2 (14 years since the first!). Out June 8 and 15, respectively.

2. Podcasts are having a moment, you may have heard… One of our new favorites is Disgraceland, a true crime podcast about musicians up to no good, from infidelity to drug trafficking to murder. We also can’t wait for Gizmodo’s The Gateway, a six-part series about controversial spiritual guru/YouTube star Teal Swan. And have you checked out Caliphate yet? It’s The New York Times’ first documentary audio series, about the search for a deeper understanding of the Islamic State.

3. Got a book—or 10—picked out for summer? Beach reading lists abound, and they include buzzy titles like Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion (“the novel of the #MeToo moment”), Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind (not your father’s Omnivore’s Dilemma—it’s on the therapeutic uses of hallucinogens), and Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room (don’t miss The New Yorker profile on this two-time National Book Award winner). Or pick for yourself via lists from TIME, Glamour, Esquire, and many more.

4. For the kiddos, Dave Eggers writes his first children’s book! According to The Guardian, his fantasy novel will not feel totally new and yet it’s still totally worth it: “The Lifters is a familiar kind of tale…where a family’s unhappiness is reflected in a dark power that threatens to destroy everything. Yet there is a distinctly original feel to the way it’s told that sets it above many other examples of the genre.” Recommended for eight to 12-year-olds.

5. Our favorite pregnant comedian, Ali Wong, was just pregnant again so naturally she recorded another Netflix show, “Hard Knock Wife.” Just like her first stand-up special, “Baby Cobra,” this one calls out aspects of woman- and motherhood in brutal and hilarious ways—except by now Wong has actually given birth so you can imagine the material she has to work with.

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