Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Spoilergate Proves How Insane Spoiler Culture Has Become

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This week:

Loving the new season of Insecure.
Having enough of spoilerphobes.
Being scarred by Nicole Kidman.
Getting burned by NPR.
Feeling seen by Adele.

Spoiler Alert: This Is About Spoilers

Someone tweeted something about a Marvel movie this week, and the internet lost its mind.

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‘Burn at the Stake’: Man Accused of Terrorizing TikTok Star With Porn, Threats, and Stalking

A Maryland man is accused of launching a stalking campaign against a teenage TikTok influencer with unwanted overtures, violent threats, pornographic comments—and a terrifying surprise visit to her front door.
Daniel Miller Button, 33, faces federal stalking and cyberstalking charges for the months-long nightmare he is said to have created for TikTok star PeachyFizz, who often cosplays Korean pop stars and boasts more than 1.4 million followers.

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‘Burn at the Stake’: Man Accused of Terrorizing TikTok Star With Porn, Threats, and Stalking

A Maryland man is accused of launching a stalking campaign against a teenage TikTok influencer with unwanted overtures, violent threats, pornographic comments—and a terrifying surprise visit to her front door.
Daniel Miller Button, 33, faces federal stalking and cyberstalking charges for the months-long nightmare he is said to have created for TikTok star PeachyFizz, who often cosplays Korean pop stars and boasts more than 1.4 million followers.

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How the Republicans’ gerrymandering will backfire on the party

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Ron Watkins, the guy most QAnon experts believe is on half of the duo — with his father Jim Watkins — to be the infamous Q of QAnon (He denies it) is now running for Congress. Watkins has relocated to Arizona from Japan, where he was believed by most QAnon researchers to have written the “Q drops” — along with his father — by pretending to be a high-placed D.C. official in the Donald Trump administration.

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The Juiciest, Most Oversexed Succession Magazine Profiles This Year, Ranked

Succession returned for its third season on Sunday, accompanied by the kind of glowing press coverage most networks only dream of. On top of the rapturous reviews and cover stories reported on location in Italy, there were also profiles, in many cases multiple profiles, of seemingly every member of the show’s cast and creative team: If you love J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri, for example, you had your choice of four different long-form features on the actress. Adrien Brody isn’t even a full cast member, but showing up in a few episodes helped him land a spread in November’s GQ.

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The Juiciest, Most Oversexed Succession Magazine Profiles This Year, Ranked

Succession returned for its third season on Sunday, accompanied by the kind of glowing press coverage most networks only dream of. On top of the rapturous reviews and cover stories reported on location in Italy, there were also profiles, in many cases multiple profiles, of seemingly every member of the show’s cast and creative team: If you love J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri, for example, you had your choice of four different long-form features on the actress. Adrien Brody isn’t even a full cast member, but showing up in a few episodes helped him land a spread in November’s GQ.

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A Video Leak Reveals the Use of Rape as Torture in Russian Prisons

An investigator visits Regional Tuberculosis Hospital No 1 under the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, its staff charged with abusing convicts. Investigative Committee Office for Saratov Region. (Investigative CommitteeTASS via Getty Images)

Content warning: This article discusses torture and sexual assault in prison and includes graphic descriptions.

“They told me to take [their genitals] into my mouth, to suck,” an inmate from one of Russia’s correctional colonies told Novaya Gazeta in a recent interview.

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John Fredericks; Cryptocurrency; Paltrow’s Pitch

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Good morning, it’s Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. The news cycle of the last 24 hours includes a guilty plea by the shooter in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the apparent discovery of murder suspect Brian Laundrie’s remains in a state park, and Donald Trump’s plans for a new social media app designed to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.” And that’s just from Florida.
Meanwhile, the U.S.

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Did a Podcast About Donna Tartt Go Too Far?

In the mid-1980s, life at America’s most expensive undergraduate institution simply ruled. This was my key takeaway from Once Upon a Time … at Bennington College, Lili Anolik’s new podcast about the college years of Donna Tartt, Jonathan Lethem, and Bret Easton Ellis—all members of Bennington’s class of ’86. On an idyllic campus in rural Vermont, Bennington was a place with no grades, a charismatic faculty, and a small student body obsessed with outdoing each other at being cool and arty.

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Pundits Have a Terrible Track Record of Predicting Midterms a Year in Advance

Judging from the political news as Halloween approaches, the Democrats are as doomed as anyone who defies a mummy’s curse. Every headline this month seems to point to a daunting Democratic defeat in the 2022 elections. Joe Biden can’t catch a break on Capitol Hill as the size of his signature spending package shrinks in tandem with the president’s poll numbers. Inflation is rising as supply chain bottlenecks represent the true War Against Christmas. Memories of Afghanistan fester.

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