Richard Kelly makes the best kind of B-movies

It’s natural, and even necessary, to like things that have no intrinsic value. There’s nothing wrong with mindless entertainment in and of itself: sappy songs, cat videos, whatever. We don’t need to swim exclusively in the deep waters of capital-H Hard news, where it’s all environmental warnings and political dumpster fires.

But earlier this year, a newborn that’s seventh in line to the throne of an obsolete monarchy became America’s biggest story — at the expense of just about everything else.

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It’s natural, and even necessary, to like things that have no intrinsic value. There’s nothing wrong with mindless entertainment in and of itself: sappy songs, cat videos, whatever. We don’t need to swim exclusively in the deep waters of capital-H Hard news, where it’s all environmental warnings and political dumpster fires.

But earlier this year, a newborn that’s seventh in line to the throne of an obsolete monarchy became America’s biggest story — at the expense of just about everything else.

We need the fluffy, feel-good news in our lives. But at what point do guilty pleasures simply become bad habits?

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It’s natural, and even necessary, to like things that have no intrinsic value. There’s nothing wrong with mindless entertainment in and of itself: sappy songs, cat videos, whatever. We don’t need to swim exclusively in the deep waters of capital-H Hard news, where it’s all environmental warnings and political dumpster fires.

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