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On 3 a.m. drives

Contrary to popular opinion, traveling is not that great: Airports are slow and crowded; hotels are stiff and plastic; museums, even for a history nerd, tend to be boring; souvenirs are overpriced and easily lost; and the pictures never turn out quite how you expect.



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Katy Perry's latest album "Smile" underperformed with audiences and critics — but why?
CULTURE  |  MUSIC

'Smile' and the collapse of Katy Perry

All of this makes her 2010 album “Teenage Dream” feel like a long, long time ago. That album, released almost exactly 10  years before “Smile,” was supported by an unbelievable run of five chart-topping singles, a record that Perry shares with Michael Jackson. The stark difference between these two albums begs a simple question:  What happened to Katy Perry?


For years, the talk show host has cautiously curated a public persona that revolves around kindness.
RECESS  |  CULTURE

What's going on with Ellen?

The format of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is amusingly predictable. She brings someone onto the stage — preferably a child prodigy or a teacher in need of new classroom desks — and gifts them an impressive sum of money or a flat-screen TV.


RECESS  |  CULTURE

Recess summer quarantine roundup

Need any pop culture recommendations? In Recess’s summer quarantine roundup, you'll find what our writers and editors have been listening to, reading or watching since lockdown. Here are their recommendations: