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EXCLUSIVE: Sacha Baron Cohen, The Improv King Of America
Imagine Ilsa refusing to leave Rick in “Casablanca.” Or if, in “When Harry Met Sally,” after Sally faked her orgasm, the lady in the diner had left in disgust…
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A Tribe Called Quest and the Art of the Mixtape
Photo: Al Pereira/Getty Images Hanif Abdurraqib is a visiting writer in the MFA program at Butler University, an acclaimed poet, and cultural critic whose work…
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Who the hell does Yorgos Lanthimos think he is? - DRUGSTORE CULTURE
1 of 5 ‘The Favourite’ (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018) ‘Dogtooth’ (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009) ‘The Lobster’ (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) ‘Dogtooth’ (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009)…
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Exclusive: American Mercenaries Went To Yemen To Carry Out Targeted Killings
American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East “There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it. We did…
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Kiese Laymon Knows His New Memoir Is Raw. But It’s Not Trauma Porn.
To visit the writer Kiese Laymon in the town where he lives and teaches, you have to fly to Memphis International Airport in Tennessee and then, if you don’t…
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The long, long history of long, long CVS receipts
CVS is a drugstore much like other drugstores, with one important difference: The receipts are very long. How long are the receipts? For at least a decade,…
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4 days ago
Tapping the ‘hidden spring’ of anti-Semitism in Orban’s Hungary | +972 Magazine
BUDAPEST, Hungary — In Hungarian, there is an expression that anti-Semitism is like a hidden spring, often imperceptible yet omnipresent, a source that can be…
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5 days ago
The Red Baron
Catherine Shakespeare Lane Michael Young, London, 1997 Michael Young was an inconvenient child. His father, an Australian, was a musician and music critic, and…
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7 days ago
Standard Patterns in Choice-Based Games
Advertisements When I was analysing the structures of CYOA works a few years back, I began to recognise some strong recurring design patterns. I came up with…
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8 days ago
Trump’s Patron-in-Chief: Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson
L ate on a Thursday evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his first visit with…
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8 days ago
Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Other People’s Screens
You’re not a creep, though you are a thief. You’re also a human. Image What we can see as we commute. Credit Hannah La Follette Ryan for The New York Times…
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Daniel Radcliffe and the Art of the Fact-Check
Daniel Radcliffe Illustration by João Fazenda Fact: the actor Daniel Radcliffe is currently starring in the Broadway show “The Lifespan of a Fact,” as a…
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For Poorer, For Richer
Like many of Buffalo’s refugees from Burma, Htay Beh used to leave her sparsely furnished Riverside home and head to the Niagara River to catch dinner: fish…
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Matthew Weiner in the Mirror
Matthew Weiner, photographed in an editing bay in his Hollywood offices. Photograph by Philip Montgomery. Matthew Weiner has written a lot of iconic television…
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White Supremacists Still Have a Safe Space Online. It’s Discord.
Photo illustration by Slate. When more than 500 white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the alt-right marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, they…
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10 days ago
The Supreme Court Is Headed Back to the 19th Century
Alicia Tatone W hen the Louisiana State Militia finally arrived at the Colfax courthouse on April 15, 1873, all it could do was bury the bodies. Two days…
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11 days ago
In Literature, Who Decides When Homage Becomes Theft?
Notes on the Culture Appropriation goes both ways, and increasingly it’s being seen as a creative freedom for writers who have been excluded from the literary…
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11 days ago
The untold story of Stripe, the secretive $9.2bn startup driving Apple, Amazon and Facebook
O n a hot summer’s day in a lush, green Cairo garden just a stone’s throw from the Nile, 29-year-old Mostafa Amin is talking about bread. He’s speaking with the…
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12 days ago
The Chinese Motherboard Hack Is a Crisis, Even If It Didn’t Really Happen
Savita Kirloskar / Reuters It’s easy to forget in the app era, but Silicon Valley got its name from microchips. The generation that transformed orchards into…
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A Former Obama Operative Built a New Anti-Republican Attack Machine
One evening in September, Tanya, a consultant at a big New York firm, was on her laptop scrutinizing public records and reading posts on VKontakte, the Russian…
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12 days ago
My Great-Grandfather the Bundist
Volkavaisk Bundists, 1905 “There, where we live, that is our country.” —Motto of the Jewish Labor Bund During his elder years, my great-grandfather, the…
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My dad showed me how to be a journalist, a Jew and a man | Jonathan Freedland
‘To reach my childhood bedroom, you had to go through my father’s study: I would fall asleep to the clack-clack of his typewriter.’Illustration: Matt Kenyon I f…
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13 days ago
The Suffocation of Democracy
Culture Club/Getty Images German President Paul von Hindenburg and Chancellor Adolf Hitler on their way to a youth rally at the Lustgarten, Berlin, May 1933 As…
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14 days ago
Totalitarian physics & moral threshing by Jacob Howland
T hi s year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first publication in the Soviet Union of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate , a nine-hundred-page novel of life…
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15 days ago
The Value of Human Text Analysis: Q&A with Alvin Chang
We spoke with Vox’s Alvin Chang about making a widely shared interactive on short notice, finding the story in a text transcript, and how to decide what counts…
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16 days ago
The Comforting Fictions of Dementia Care
The memory-care unit in Ohio’s Chagrin Valley is designed to look like an American town from its residents’ childhoods. Photograph by Philip Montgomery for The…
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16 days ago
Meet The Ohio Woman Whose Run-In With The FBI Gives Us A Window Into Robert Mueller's Trump–Russia Probe
Nick Hagen for BuzzFeed News Cassandra Ford WASHINGTON — Cassandra Ford tends to stay online late into the evening and then sleep in. So when two FBI agents…
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16 days ago
Believing Women, and the Gaslighting of M.I.A.
Maya Arulpragasam a.k.a. M.I.A. Photo: Abramorama The big revelation of the documentary titled MAYA / MATANGI / MIA , which hit U.S. theaters last weekend, is…
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17 days ago
America’s Missing Labor Party
For nearly half a century, an air of inevitability has clung to the decline of the American labor movement. As union density has fallen to near 10 percent and…
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17 days ago
Journalists Just Can’t Quit Microsoft Word. But Some Are Trying.
Earlier this year, when setting out as a freelance writer, I found myself for the first time without the backing of a work computer with Word or a free student…
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18 days ago
Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever — Krebs on Security
Most of us have been trained to be wary of clicking on links and attachments that arrive in emails unexpected, but it’s easy to forget scam artists are…
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18 days ago
The Radio Auteur: Joe Frank, Ira Glass, and Narrative Radio
Michal Story Joe Frank working in the studio at KCRW, Santa Monica, 2012 Through his broadcasts over the course of forty years, Joe Frank, who died at…
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18 days ago
Georgia’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System
When Seth, who has autism, was four, he was placed in a new school. A family member described it as a kind of ghost town. Photograph by LaToya Ruby Frazier for…
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19 days ago
The Movie Assassin
The Movie Girl In October 1996, I was 27, a freelance film reviewer at Philadelphia’s second best (of two) alt-weeklies and excited to see and review Anthony…
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19 days ago
Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret
Devin Nunes has a secret. Nunes is the California Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has become famous in the Trump era for using…
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19 days ago
Where local news has adapted to digital — and where it can still grow (hint: not geographically)
So you want to support local news. But can you even find the subscribe button on the Daily Planet’s clunky website to do so? Is the website optimized for a…
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20 days ago
Analysis | The straw man in the new round of the reading wars
English teacher Laurel Taylor reads a children's book about how different animals perceive a cat to her 12th-grade honors students at T.C. Williams High School…
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21 days ago
The rise and fall of the company behind ‘Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games
Each May, as the elementary school year was winding down, our teachers would send us home with a new educational CD-ROM — hoping, I assume, that it would keep…
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Opinion | She reported her rape. Her hometown turned against her. Can justice ever be served?
About that night Aug. 11, 2006, was a sweltering Friday night in the midst of a long, fatally hot summer. A 16-year-old girl reported that she was raped that…
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28 days ago
Community Plumbing: A History of the Hardware Store
Crest Hardware Art Show, 2012. [ Garrett Ziegler ] The Franquinhas have been selling hardware on Metropolitan Avenue in North Brooklyn since 1962. Brothers Joe…
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29 days ago
Civic Tech as a Tween – Cyd Harrell – Medium
The civic tech community in the US is about 10 years into a 5 year project. I’m counting from the Apps for Democracy contest hosted in DC by then-city CTO Vivek…
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29 days ago
Why we want our journalists to take a stance at The Correspondent
Design by Leon Postma and Harald Dunnink ( Momkai ) A majority of Americans cannot name a news source they consider to be “objective”. No surprise there, I…
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29 days ago
Golf illustrations sustained Valentino Dixon while in prison for murder, a charge he was declared innocent of in court on Wednesday after 27 years in jail - Golf Digest
After 27 years in prison, a man who loves golf walked free today. Not only that, he was given back his innocence. Of course, the state can regift innocence…
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29 days ago
It's time for journalism to stand for something
Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. There are moments when you can tell what they will feel like in retrospect: hitting bottom, a…
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If Oxford shrugs
How can Oxford diversify its intake—and what happens if it doesn’t? Photo © JAMES BRITTAIN/VIEW PICTURES/UIG VIA GETTY IMAGES The opening scene of the latest…
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Google Knows Where You’ve Been, but Does It Know Who You Are?
In August, The Associated Press published an investigation into how Google handles the data it collects, following a curious discovery by a graduate researcher…
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Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism
This is a crib of a talk that Data & Society Founder and President danah boyd gave at the Online News Association conference in Austin, Texas on September 13,…
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My Affair With the Intellectual Dark Web – Great Escape – Medium
T his is the story of the past three years of my life. It’s romance in a way, but it’s also a breakup story. It begins sometime in 2015, a year during which my…
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How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million
Gwyneth Paltrow. Credit Credit Amanda Demme for The New York Times O n a Monday morning in November, students at Harvard Business School convened in their…
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Why Did the New York Review of Books Publish That Jian Ghomeshi Essay? We Asked the Editor.
O. J. Simpson was not found guilty in a criminal trial. I assume, even if he didn’t have other issues, we might have paused before asking him to write an essay.
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5 weeks ago
The Outline and the curse of media venture capital
Photo via Adobe Stock. It began, as so many similar stories do, with a series of tweets. On September 4th, a writer at The Outline, a news startup founded in…
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My pilgrimage into the Jewish future: Partying, praying, prostitution and absolution in Uman
UMAN, Ukraine - On the first morning of the year of 5779, most of the Shacharit prayers in Uman were over. Thousands were streaming out of the synagogues in…
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5 weeks ago
Returning to the Vienna of the Past – Airbnb Magazine – Medium
Two Soviet émigrés revisit their first glimpse of the West, with its handsome cafés, cultured locals, and memories around every corner. Words by Boris Fishman…
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Where in the World Is Larry Page?
Larry Page was a no-show. The co-founder and de facto leader of Google is famous for his wild bets on airborne taxis and space elevators, but he apparently…
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A Man in Full
Karl Ove Knausgaard concludes his autofiction epic IT IS ONE THING to write down the shameful truth of what you really think about someone else; another to…
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Read Knausgaard From First Word to Last and He Will Change You
Doris Liou So here we are, at the end of the carnival. The sixth and final book of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s vast and consuming diaristic novel My Struggle is out…
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Cape Town Is an Omen
R ainfall in Cape Town is a dramatic affair. In the winter wet season, ominous clouds and strong winds rumble in from the northwest, carrying with them the…
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See No Evil
by Miriam Posner Software helps companies coordinate the supply chains that sustain global capitalism. How does the code work—and what does it conceal? The Port…
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The Architecture of the Medieval Page
It may seem a stretch to compare page design with architecture, but the comparison really works, I think. Looking at the medieval page, it is not difficult to…
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Brands Are Not Our Friends
Laurent Hrybyk I didn’t realize how seriously companies take social media until last year, when I opened my front door and saw a delivery guy holding a stack of…
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The Strange Numbers That Birthed Modern Algebra | Quanta Magazine
Abstractions blog The Strange Numbers That Birthed Modern Algebra By Charlie Wood September 6, 2018 The nineteenth-century discovery of numbers called…
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Why Design Thinking Works
Idea in Brief The Problem While we know a lot about what practices stimulate new ideas and creative solutions, most innovation teams struggle to realize their…
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Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo
Noctiluxx/Getty Images When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose. Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been…
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6 weeks ago
The Queen of Rue
Kudos by Rachel Cusk Rachel Cusk; drawing by Siegfried Woldhek In introductory studio art classes students are often assigned a negative-space drawing—that is,…
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A Work of Art
G. Botsford: Untitled , 1971 For many years my late husband, Gardner Botsford, kept a small black-and-white snapshot on his desk of a man and woman wearing…
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America's Elite Universities Are Censoring Themselves on China
There is an epidemic of self-censorship at U.S. universities on the subject of China, one that limits debate and funnels students and academics away from topics…
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6 weeks ago
Drinking the Kool-Aid – Youth, Now – Medium
T revor had rented an Audi Q5 in Monsoon metallic, a luxury SUV but smaller than it should have been, given the four of us and the camping stuff and the cooler,…
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6 weeks ago
Was the Philosopher Julia Kristeva a Cold War Collaborator?
The Kristeva affair has become a major case in the ongoing public debate about how to deal with the dark legacy of Bulgaria’s Soviet-era secret police.…
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How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships - American Press Institute
How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships By Published 09/04/18 6:41 am Photo: Tim Pierce via Flickr When Journal Star executive editor…
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Basic EQ In Hindenburg - Transom
Improving the Clarity of Sound Even under the best recording circumstances, occasionally your audio needs tweaking. Maybe you picked up some background noise…
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The Audio Producer’s Guide To Loudness - Transom
Today as you mix audio productions you most likely monitor levels with a peak meter — those two little bars that jump up and down in tandem with the waveform —…
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Podcasting Basics, Part 5: Loudness for Podcasts vs. Radio - Transom
This article evolved from an email to the AIR listserv back in March. Questions around levels for podcasts and radio kept coming up, so I sat down one night in…
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An American Family’s Struggle for Student Loan Redemption
On Halloween in 2008, about six weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, my mother called me from Michigan to tell me that my father had lost his job in the sales…
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The Second Chechen War: Testimony of an Eyewitness
Illustration by Polina Zaslavskaya. All rights reserved. Note from the editors: In August 1999, Russian forces started a brutal air campaign against Chechnya,…
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Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf
‘We need to cultivate a new kind of brain: a “bi-literate’ reading brain’Illustration: Sebastien Thibault L ook around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the…
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6 weeks ago
Teachers Are Moonlighting As Instagram Influencers To Make Ends Meet
One teacher in Texas told BuzzFeed News she makes a $50,000 a year, but made over $200,000 in a year through Instagram. Lixia Guo / BuzzFeed News If you saw Amy…
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6 weeks ago
The Twenty-Five-Year Journey of Magic: The Gathering
Illustrations by Ed Steed In his youth, Richard Garfield, the mathematician who created Magic: The Gathering, liked to play and invent games. Before his family…
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7 weeks ago
'Since U Been Gone': The Crossover Pop Needed, The Anthem Rock Deserved
Kelly Clarkson performs during the KISS 108 FM Jingle Ball in Lowell, Mass. in 2004 — the year her second album, Breakaway , cemented her status as a pop…
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Demanding Kinder Classrooms Doesn’t Make You a Snowflake
About The Trust Project is a collaboration among news organizations around the world. Its goal is to create strategies that fulfill journalism’s basic pledge:…
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The Scourge of "Relatability"
Photograph by Alex Majoli/Magnum. If Twitter is a place in which a user may be rewarded for exposing his most stupid self, Ira Glass put the medium to good use…
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