Marveling at The New Superheroes Breaking Through (The Atlantic)


From The Avengers to Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced films that have become blockbuster hits.

Up next, Marvel plans to introduce its first superhero of color, the Black Panther, and its first female, Captain Marvel. Read The Atlantic article, “Marvel’s Increasingly Ludicrous (and Exciting, and Diverse) Plans.

Plotting the Journey to Poe’s Death (Smithsonian)


America’s “favorite macabre author,” Edgar Allan Poe, died — from mysterious causes, natch — 165 years ago this month in a Baltimore hospital.

Smithsonian magazine highlights the book, Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, which checks out the places important to him.

Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 is ‘Waiting for 2042′ (New York Times)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.


The New York Times debuted a new video series on its website this week with a segment on comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04, who recently released the comedy album, “Waiting for 2042,” which refers to the year in which the U.S. Census projects caucasians will become the minority in this country.

Conscious of race since growing up in diverse Queens, Kondabolu speaks of turning pain into laughter and confronting racial stereotypes head-on. Watch the clip.

Bowdoin Classmates Antholis and Putnam Team Up For ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Sneak Peak (Boston Globe)

OliveKitteridgeHBO President of Miniseries Kary Antholis ’84 teamed up with his Bowdoin classmate and JFK Library Director Thomas Putnam ’84 Tuesday evening to treat Bostonians and several visiting Mainers—including Bowdoin Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd—to a preview of the upcoming HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”

The event—held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston—was also attended by Harpswell resident and author Elizabeth Strout (Bates College Class of 1977), whose novel, “Olive Kitteridge” won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The series based on the novel premieres on HBO on Sunday, November 2.