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A big thank you to everyone who came out to the culture section happy hour this week! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and equally great to meet the real people behind all those great articles. Expect more offline events in the future – we’d love to get the writing community together more often.

On PolicyMic, this week has been all about television. Fall shows are finally back (thank god, for New Girl and The Mindy Project) and this weekend Julianne and I will be hunkering down to cover the Emmy awards. Not only will we be live blogging the show, we are also taking over the PolicyMic’s Twitter account for all of Sunday night. Join us on the blog or on Twitter and tweet at us throughout the show! We’d love to chat with you all while we watch.

Shout Outs of the Week:

Shout out to pundit Ghezal Hamidi! Her piece What Your Favorite Literary Heroine Says About You inspired a great response piece from the website Bookish. Check out their response What Your Favorite Omniscient Narrator Says About You.

Also a big congratulations to pundit Cady McClain who released her short film Flip Fantasia. You can check out Cady’s new film here

"Flip Fantasia" a short film by Cady McClain from Cady McClain on Vimeo.

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Culture Section Must-Reads of the Week:

Real-Life American Tragedies, Now Playing at a Theater Near You (Nick Recktenwald, @NickReck7) – Movies that claim to be based on a true story have always felt exploitative, but 'Fruitvale Station' and 'Blue Caprice' suggest that the claim doesn't have to be so empty.

New York City’s Public Art Doesn’t Care What You Think Of It (Anne-Louise Brittain, @annelouisebritt) – Public art in New York City is constantly in flux; because New Yorkers can't come to a consensus, the city has found away to cut their opinions out of the equation.[3 Mics, 4 Shares, 17 Comments]

5 Biggest Myths Hollywood Taught Us About the Middle Ages (Robinson O’Brien-Bours, @RobinsonOB) – Productions like 'Game of Thrones', 'Pillars of the Earth', 'Braveheart', and various Robin Hood interpretations all perpetuate many myths about the misunderstood Medieval era.

‘The Room’ is 10 Years Old, and It’s Still Gloriously Terrible (Aleksandr Smechov, @AlexSmechov) – 'The Room' is unlike any movie you've ever seen. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you throw plastic spoons at the screen.

This Author Is Speaking Up For Writers Of Color and It’s About Time We Listen (Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, @yukvon) – Just last week, author and literary critic Roxane Gay started a series at the Nation about writers of color. Here's why you should be paying very close attention.

Meet “2G’: China’s Young, Rich, and (In)Famous Generation (Dana Ter) – China's young people may have greater freedom of expression, but they're increasingly pressured to flaunt their wealth, and conform to an extravagant lifestyle.

A Layman’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Film Festivals (Shivani Ishwar, @x_Dominoe) – Ever wondered what the big fuss about Cannes is? Well here's your go-to guide on different film festivals and their history with the industry.

‘Necessary Errors’ Is Required Reading For All Millennials (Daniel Lefferts, @d_lefferts) – Caleb Crain’s novel about a gay Harvard graduate learning hard lessons abroad isn't the story of a 20-somethings' comedic failure  — it's a story about empowerment.

Britney Spears is Leading the Charge in Feminist Pop Music (Sam Stryker, @sbstryker) – With her new song, "Work, Bitch," Britney Spears joins Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in producing some of the most ambitious music in pop.

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