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Abandon Normal Instruments: How Brian Eno Became The Master of Creative Experimentation
Brian Eno, photo Michiko Nakao Brian Eno, the self-described “non-musician” who helped craft some of the most brilliant pop music of the 20th century, has…
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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid T he sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an…
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The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry
H uman beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber up to a wobbly standing position; a day-old zebra foal can…
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Polls show Americans distrust the media. But talk to them, and it’s a very different story.
(Rob Dobi for The Washington Post) The July email from Daniel Hastings, a Post reader who lives in Washington, was harsh: “You never have any intention of…
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Understanding news? We’re not even close – Eric Newton – Medium
“… the basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we…
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Should I Follow Design Trends? - DESK Magazine
Hi, I’m Tobias, a German designer living in New York. I’m the author of this blog, nice to meet you! → Follow on Twitter → Follow on Instagram I’ve gotten many…
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For Houston Marathon women's champ, wedded bliss extends to race
Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 2 Caption Close Image 2 of 2 Ethiopian runner Biruktayit Degefa, center, is helped by her husband Abinet…
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Fan Nonfiction
Video games are haunted by the unseen. Fans lose themselves wondering what’s going on behind the tinted windows of offices in Bellevue, Washington, or Kyoto,…
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Human-Centered Design and the Missile False Alarm in Hawaii
I wasn’t in the room where it happened, but I experienced the consequence. On Saturday, January 18, 2018, somebody pushed a button in Hawaii that sent an…
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Exclusive Networks Of Teens Are Making Thousands Of Dollars By Selling Retweets
BuzzFeed News Teens and twentysomethings with large Twitter followings are making thousands each month by selling retweets, multiple users who engage in the…
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The Encyclopedia of the Missing
From the outside, it’s just another mobile home in a neighborhood of mobile homes on the northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. There’s the same carport, the…
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The Decline of The New Criterion | John Ganz
It’s one of the pathetic and touching pieties of liberals in America: the belief in the Noble Conservative. Many liberal people, unlike our more guarded cousins…
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Pop Culture’s Great Awokening
In 2017, it was possible to see parables everywhere. The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency was one in which the destabilizing fact of that presidency was…
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How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list
Kyle Bean For The Washington Post On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade…
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Memories of Mississippi
Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos Danny Lyon outside a movement headquarters in Albany, Georgia, 1962 It was the summer of 1962. I had just finished my third year at the…
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Beyond the Rhetoric of Algorithmic Solutionism
If you ever hear that implementing algorithmic decision-making tools to enable social services or other high stakes government decision-making will increase…
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The Military Gave Her a Shared Sense of Purpose, But Not a Home | The War Horse
By Andrea N. Goldstein I moved back to New York City in May 2017. It’d been planned all year: Finish my first year of graduate school after separating from the…
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The Most Awful Train Station in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse
To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark.…
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Fog Count
I t’s early morning and I’m hunting for quarters. Downtown Fayetteville is quiet and full of stately stone buildings: mining money, probably. We’re in the heart…
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The Believer - The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison - @believermag
My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies. I’m called a Standardized Patient, which…
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The Network Uber Drivers Built
Cole* is a part-time Uber driver in Atlanta. On his first week on the job, he finds himself driving a passenger who has clearly had too many drinks. The…
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[Letter from India] | The Newlyweds, by Mansi Choksi | Harper's Magazine
O n the night of November 27, 2016, Dawinder Singh dropped a bottle of sleeping pills outside his neighbor’s door. He had a soft, cheerful face, a head of…
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How to fix Facebook—before it fixes us
In early 2006, I got a call from Chris Kelly, then the chief privacy officer at Facebook, asking if I would be willing to meet with his boss, Mark Zuckerberg. I…
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Can Washington Be Automated?
WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s a brisk late November afternoon in an 8th-floor office overlooking downtown Washington’s Thomas Circle. The White House is an easy five…
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W. G. Sebald and the Emigrants
The Ostwald family in 1935. Left to right: Martin, Hedwig, Max, and Ernst. Photograph courtesy David Ostwald I met Martin Ostwald in 1996, shortly after I…
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The Posthumous Sublime
The Emigrants is the best book of fiction that I have read this year so far (I read it in January). I felt hopelessly incapable to write anything about it so I…
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10 New Principles Of Good Design
2017 was a year of reckoning for the design community. UX became a weapon , AI posed countless new challenges , and debate erupted over once rock-solid design…
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Email newsletters are the new zines
Caroline Crampton isn’t lacking for an audience. A longtime political journalist, she’s been a web editor for the New Statesman , the 103-year-old British…
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The Case for the Subway
L ong before it became an archaic, filthy, profligate symbol of everything wrong with our broken cities, New York’s subway was a marvel — a mad feat of…
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Lauren Greenfield’s Gilt Edge
Lauren Greenfield Christina, twenty-one, a Walmart pharmacy technician, on the way to her wedding in a coach drawn by six miniature white ponies, Walt Disney…
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“Oh My God, This Is So F---ed Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Dark Side
Romans of the Decadence (1847), by Thomas Couture, as updated to parody Silicon Valley’s male-dominated sexual and sexist culture. Photo Illustration by Darrow.…
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Catapult | Why We Must Believe Women: My Family’s Legacy of Violence and Murder | Chelsea Bieker
Author’s note: Names have been changed to protect individuals’ privacy. * In 1980 my Aunt Lydia accused her husband Mark of spousal rape. It was the first case…
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Coates and West in Jackson
Race Dec 22, 2017 18 Min read time Share: America loves pitting black intellectuals against each other, but today's activists need both Coates and West. When…
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Christmas in July
Spaarnestad Photo/Bridgeman Images The Netherlands, 1912 My first summer job was trimming Christmas trees in July. It was a shitty job, like most summer…
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CABINET // The Game of War: Debord as Strategist
Constant Nieuwenhuys, New Babylon/Amsterdam , 1963. The only member of the Situationist International to remain at its dissolution in 1972 was Guy Debord…
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HQ Trivia Is a Harbinger of Dystopia
Twice a day, HQ Trivia players tune in to a smartphone game-show app, where an emcee poses 12 wholesome questions, each with three possible answers. Players who…
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Frederick Wiseman: The Tawdry Gruesomeness of Reality
From Sinai Field Mission, © 1978 Zipporah Films, Inc. Fred Wiseman has been my idol for a long time. In the 1970s it wasn’t all that easy to see his films. For…
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Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?
I t is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray paint and the rungs of…
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Pickup Artists with Chinese Characteristics
The Fei doctrine goes something like this: Chinese girls love Korean TV shows, saccharine melodramas like Boys Over Flowers or Hi! School: Love On , where men…
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The Long, Hard, Stupid Way
What follows is an transcript of a talk I gave at the 2011 Do Lectures in Wales. The text may differ from the actual phrasing in the presentation, but the…
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Reconstructing Lost Worlds With Poop
Forty years ago, the great tropical ecologist Dan Janzen noticed something funny about the plants in Costa Rica. Many species invested a lot of their energy in…
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The Man Who Invented The Republican Internet — And Then Sold It To Far-Right Nationalists Overseas
The video quickly catches your eye, with bold, flashing numbers against a bloodred background. As sinister music charges toward a dramatic finish, a warning…
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The NBA has surpassed the NFL as the league of America’s future | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
LeBron James reigns supreme.Photograph: AP A lthough football has long been America’s favorite child among professional sports, there are clear indicators that…
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Major League Baseball's Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics
“On a historical basis, a decade from now, we’ll be looking back saying, ‘That was the highest route efficiency that’s ever been captured in baseball.’” That’s…
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How Arthur Sulzberger Outwitted Don Graham
Kathy Willens/AP Photo For decades, they were the two most important newspaper magnates in America. Today, the ex-publishers of the New York Times and the…
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The Man from Red Vienna
Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left by Gareth Dale Leo Popper, Karl Polanyi, and Michael Polanyi, circa 1908 What a splendid era this was going to be, with one…
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The Pope's Long Con
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Dec. 13, two days after the release of this investigation, Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide in Bullitt County. Read our organization's…
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Mathematics for Human Flourishing
Why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes? How can the deeply human themes that drive us to do mathematics be channeled to…
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My No-Good, Very Bad Dinner Party
Not long ago, a group of friends and I began reminiscing about memorable dinner parties we’d attended. Almost at once I was flooded with an overwhelming barrage…
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Amanda Hess @ amandahess "I Love You Daddy" becomes treasured cult film of edgy college art bros in 3, 2 ... vulture.com/2017/12/louis-… Louis C.K.’s I Love You…
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"Darkest Corners Of The Criminal Underworld." A Dirty Bank And Its Powerful Protectors
Lilit Khachatryan cast a cool eye over the two private detectives who had just barged into her office. The pair of British ex-cops had been brought in to…
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Inside Steve Bannon’s #War Against Twitter
Steve Bannon and his associates at Breitbart News planned a broad financial, legal, and editorial campaign to damage Twitter, according to documents obtained by…
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How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web
"I just came across this email," began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months ago. On a Mac.…
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6 Ways to Fix Silicon Valley, Open Up the Internet, and Save the Middle Class
Photo: Getty Images Have Silicon Valley’s biggest companies become too powerful? This series examines monopoly and power in the tech industry — and what, if…
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YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content
Before YouTube pulled the ads from “Ted”’s channel, it was making him tens of thousands of dollars a month. The father of two, who asked to use a pseudonym for…
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Want Proof That Patience Pays Off? Ask the Founders of This 17-Year-Old $525 Million Email Empire
It's a beautiful day in his neighborhood, and Ben Chestnut is thinking about pain. Late-afternoon sun is shining on Atlanta's BeltLine, an abandoned train track…
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Mangilaluk’s Highway
This story deals with topics that may cause trauma invoked by memories of past abuse for survivors and intergenerational survivors of the residential school…
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Language Rules for the Digital Age
Matt Dorfman A WORLD WITHOUT ‘WHOM’ The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age By Emmy J. Favilla 392 pp. Bloomsbury. $26. I don’t actually remember a…
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Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster
Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. Chad was named for a mistake. In the eighteen-hundreds,…
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Is It Ever OK for Journalists to Lie?
James O'Keefe, of Project Veritas, speaks at on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, on Wednesday. | AP Photo What the latest Project Veritas…
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Ajit Pai's Shell Game | Backchannel
I’ve got bad news for everyone who is working overtime to protest Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai’s campaign to eliminate net neutrality: You…
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Female facial hair: if so many women have it, why are we so deeply ashamed?
On average, women with facial hair spend 104 minutes per week managing it, according to a 2006 British study.Photograph: Mona Chalabi for the Guardian Women…
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When Should a Child Be Taken from His Parents?
Mercedes, a mother of four, has spent eight years trying to regain custody of three of her kids at the Bronx Family Court. Illustration by Anna Parini What…
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The Origin of Silicon Valley’s Dysfunctional Attitude Toward Hate Speech
Illustration by Erik Carter On January 30, 1989, an article appeared in the student-run Stanford Daily under the headline “ Racial slurs cause University to…
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Ten Long Years of Trying to Make Armie Hammer Happen
Back in 2007, 19-year-old Armie Hammer was readying himself to become a movie star. No matter that his roles, at that point, were limited to quick one-episode…
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Secret recordings and charges of ‘fake news’: How two award-winning student journalists exposed their principal’s missteps
Last Dec. 8, the managing editor of the Townsend Harris High School newspaper, The Classic, recorded a remarkable scene on her iPhone: Her classmates at the…
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Ku Klux Klambakes
Ball State University Archives & Special Collections Ku Klux Klan paraders, Muncie, Indiana, 1922 Most of us who grow up in the United States learn a reassuring…
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Zuckerberg and the Imaginary Cosmopolitan - Ethan Zuckerman
Source: Jim Wilson, New York Times (August 21, 2013) Zuckerberg and the Imaginary Cosmopolitan In December 2010, Paul Butler was a software engineering intern…
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How Peter Thiel and the Stanford Review Built a Silicon Valley Empire | Stanford Politics
This is the cover story for the November 2017 issue of Stanford Politics Magazine. Read the editor’s note and check out the digital version of the print issue…
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Where Millennials Come From
A generation has inherited a world without being able to live in it. Illustration by Adrian Tomine Imagine, as I often do, that our world were to end tomorrow,…
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The Making of an American Nazi
O n December 16, 2016, Tanya Gersh answered her phone and heard gunshots. Startled, she hung up. Gersh, a real-estate agent who lives in Whitefish, Montana,…
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How to Tell If You’re a Jerk - Issue 54: The Unspoken - Nautilus
H ere’s something you probably didn’t do this morning: Look in the mirror and ask, am I a jerk? It seems like a reasonable question. There are, presumably,…
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Asian-American Cuisine’s Rise, and Triumph
The American-Chinese restaurant is, like the diner and the mom-and-pop restaurant, a cornerstone of the American dining vernacular. Here, the interior of White…
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We Are All Implicated in the Post-Weinstein Reckoning
The anger window is open. For decades, centuries, it was closed: Something bad happened to you, you shoved it down, you maybe told someone but probably didn’t…
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How Donald Trump rules America's Garden of Dicks and sparked the #MeToo movement
U.S. Donald Trump harvey weinstein #MeToo Hollywood Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment “Women, you have to treat ’em like shit.” —Donald Trump, New York magazine,…
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A Gangster Place in the Sun: How Spain’s Fight Against the Mob Revealed Russian Power Networks — ProPublica
This story was co-published with The Atlantic . Among the wealthy sophisticates who came and went from their seaside villas on the Spanish island of Mallorca,…
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Russian Money in Silicon Valley
A new trove of leaked documents, the so-called Paradise Papers, have revealed that Yuri Milner, a Russian businessman with extensive investments in Silicon…
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Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 54: The Unspoken - Nautilus
J ulian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates,…
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He Perfected a Password-Hacking Tool—Then the Russians Came Calling
Five years ago, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on Delpy's laptop.…
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Year One: Resistance Research
Caitlin O'Hara/Reuters People attending a bilingual healthcare town hall, Phoenix, Arizona, July 5, 2017 For the next few days, I’m not letting my joy be…
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Cryptocurrency Mania Fuels Hype and Fear at Venture Firms
Bart Stephens has found himself in high demand lately. After four years of investing in cryptocurrency and preaching its gospel, his venture-capital peers are…
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