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David Holmes

David Holmes is Pando’s East Coast Editor. He is also the co-founder of Explainer Music, a production company specializing in journalistic music videos. His work has appeared at FastCompany.com, ProPublica, the Guardian, the Daily Dot, NewYorker.com, and Grist.
You can follow David on Twitter @holmesdm
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    Blank Frank: How House of Cards lost its magic — and how it can get it back

    No narrative has dominated the modern golden age of television like that of the “anti-hero.” Mirroring the golden age of film in the 60s and 70s, which brought us Clyde Barrow, Michael Corleone, and Kit Carruthers, the anti-hero saga introduces a charming but morally bankrupt lead who descends further and further into pure evil until whatever likable qualities that first endeared him to audiences — these characters are almost always men — are lost. Tony Soprano is an anti-hero. Walter White is an anti-hero.…
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    The real reason nobody is going to pay for Tinder? Creepiness isn’t a business model

    The dating app Tinder, which lets users accept or reject potential mates in their area by swiping right or left, has plenty of users — 50 million, according to some sources. But like so many wildly popular products in the new app economy, it doesn’t make any money. The company hopes to change that today with the launch of Tinder Plus, a paid version of the app that, for $9.99 a month in the US, will offer users additional features like…
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    Read all 13 recaps from our sleepless House of Cards marathon

    We also gave each review its own separate article page. To browse through those, click here. Netflix just flipped the switch on Season Three of House of Cards, and with a pot of coffee brewing and a freezer full of popsicles (nothing but the coldest snacks for the coldest show on television) I’m staying up all night to watch it. Follow all the outrageous political machinations here (and on my Twitter feed) as I recap each episode. Note: This isn’t a live blog…
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    An average season ends on a high note: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 13, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 39″ I know there’s only been three seasons of House of Cards, but nevertheless this third season feels…
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    “An empire without heirs.” House of Cards Season 3, Episode 12, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 38″ If it weren’t for the words of former male prostitute novelist and a suburban housewife who fantasizes…
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    Will Claire jump? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 11, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 37″ After almost ten episodes of having to suffer through some light-world version of Frank Underwood who lacked…
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    How Frank got his groove back: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 10, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 36″ The first two seasons of House of Cards were both slow starters, hitting their stride around…
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    Prepare for war? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 9, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 35″ When we last left Frank Underwood at the end of “Chapter 34,” the man bore…
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    Has Frank become… boring? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 8, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 34″ With Claire and Frank on good terms again, it’s back to business for the Underwoods.…
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    Will Frank lose his Lady Macbeth? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 7, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 33″ Frank and Claire have fought in the past, but even Frank admits in this episode that…

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