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Rated Reads this week takes a look at the head-empty life, a catch-up with Simu Liu and the waning appeal of sensationalist reality TV.
Life can be intense, and it certainly has been these last couple of years. It’s easy to have lots of thoughts about it all – but what if you had absolutely none of them? For Refinery29, Olivia Allen pitches a life of relaxing and letting the head empty out. There’s something relaxing in not thinking, which shouldn’t have to be explained.
Becoming a Marvel superhero tends to juice your career a little, and so it was with Simu Liu, who shot to fame last year with his role as the titular character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (he was Shang-Chi, not the rings). Now, his next big project is… Greta Gerwig’s Barbie?? For GQ, Liu explains it all, and makes a pitch for the Barbie script’s excellence that’ll remind you that it’s the Lady Bird and Little Women director at bat.
Hesidating is not a misspelling, that’s for sure. Let Roisin Lanigan at i-D explain this new concept to you. It involves the avoidant behaviours that we’ve all established during the pandemic and the ensuing ways that society has changed how it considers intimacy, Simple?
Spooky director Alex Garland is about to return with the expectedly creepy pastoral horror of his new film, Men. As Vox explains, Men is set to continue a concern with spoiled paradises that’s run through his whole career, from the AI gone wrong of Ex Machina to the weird and warped worlds of Annihilation. Alas, we cannot forget the bear.