Pop Culture Cheat Sheet: 5 Things To Watch, Read, & Do This Month

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No more excuses that you don’t know what’s up in the world of culture since you had a kid. Mother’s got you covered each month with a handful of nuggets that are worth your precious time, whether you’ve got just a few minutes to watch a quick video or a whole day (whaaat?!) to read and relax. Check out our pop culture cheat sheet for the rest of June below, and stay tuned next month for a more expansive look of what’s in store through July, August, and beyond.

1. TNT makes a run for your eyeballs with Claws—a new Sunday night show that The Guardian dubbed “Breaking Bad meets Steel Magnolias in a nail salon.” Executive produced by Rashida Jones, the series about manicurists/money launderers also features talent from Breaking Bad, Lost, and True Blood. L.A. Times’ verdict? “Sparkly nail salon culture, the low-life Floridian crime world, and the close camaraderie of female friends is a winning combination for Claws, a series that favors true situation comedy and stylistic flair above trashy girl and bling clichés.”

2. Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply has been out since March, but it’s still got many of us buzzing. “Thanksgiving in Mongolia” was Levy’s brutal account, in The New Yorker, of her miscarriage in Mongolia. Her new book details the unraveling of a life and woman who, until that point, seemed to be “having it all.” It’s a thoroughly modern memoir, says The New York Times.

3. One of mobile’s most iconic games, Monument Valley, got a surprise release during Apple’s WWDC last week. Monument Valley 2 promises “the same gorgeous puzzle-based gameplay,” says Mic, but also has new interactions, visuals, and audio. For now, it’s only available for iOS, with Android “coming soon.” Get it from the AppStore.

4. She kicked some serious box office butt opening weekend and was the best-rated DC movie since The Dark KnightWonder Woman is definitely worth a trip to the multiplex with the family. (Before you go, check out the Hollywood Reporter’s piece on the movie’s complex gender politics). Incredibly, Gal Gadot was five months pregnant for some reshoots. She told Entertainment Weekly, “On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman. On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”

5. While Orange is the New Black debuted its fifth season on Netflix on Friday (here’s where it left off), Sesame Street responded with its own cheeky spoof (see below). Can Piper Snackman convince her classmates to make oranges the new snack?

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