James Blake

From 'Deadpool' to 'Hamilton' to 'Stranger Things,' this was the year of pop-culture collisions

From 'Deadpool' to 'Hamilton' to 'Stranger Things,' this was the year of pop-culture collisions

Without someone deciding to attempt a smart — sometimes unlikely — combination, much of what we admire wouldn’t exist.

Absent DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul would just be lobbing to empty air. The latest Korean American fusion dish would be a lonely hamburger dreaming longingly of kimchi slaw. The heavenly Labradoodle would be but a mythical creature.

But rarely has so much disparateness been brought together so frequently, or so effectively, as in entertainment circa 2016. This has been the year of the combination — or, more accurately, the collision. Creators took ingredients from remote places, studied them closely, then ground them together. In all that genre-mashing and...

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