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Audible’s Most Popular Titles From The Past 20

Audible just released its most popular titles from the past 20 years (how has it been around that long?). It’s an interesting, though not altogether surprising list. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson at the number two spot what? Guess what spot The Girl on the Train holds. You probably guessed correctly. You’ll also find old standards Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and George R.R. Martin there. It’s worth a look and maybe even a listen.

Condé Nast Will Shutter Teen Vogue In Print And Lower Magazine Frequencies

Teen Vogue has been killing it lately, but anyone following their political coverage, think pieces, and activism by way of print will have to transition over to digital. Condé Nast is ending print runs of the teen magazine and lowering the frequencies of many of their other magazines. The publisher is cutting 80 jobs and slashing the budgets of low performing mags. No comment on these recent cuts and the end of Teen Vogue’s print run from Condé, but this is the latest in what has been a turbulent phase of reorganization for the publisher.

Marvel Cut A Thor: Ragnarok Scene Confirming Valkyrie’s Bisexuality

Tessa Thompson who plays Valkyrie in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie said a scene showing a glimpse of a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom was cut from the film because it distracted from vital exposition. Thompson, who has been vocal about how important it is that her portrayal of Valkyrie stay true to the character’s bisexuality, had pitched the scene to Marvel Studios and director Taika Waititi. The thing is, representation is important. And in my experience as a Marvel moviegoer, those films could do with a little less exposition. I’m sorry, that was some shade.

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Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball by Adam Ruben tells the dynamic story about America’s quintessential arcade game. By visiting pinball museums, gaming conventions, pinball machine designers and even pinball factories, Adam attempts to discover what makes the world’s best players so good. The book also explores the history of the game, as well as its invention, defeat and recent resurgence in American culture today.