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Judy Berman

Editor-in-Chief

Judy Berman is Flavorwire's editor-in-chief. Her work has appeared in publications including the LA Times, Slate, The Atlantic, and The Believer. Before joining Flavorwire, she was an editor at Salon. She lives in Gowanus, the most wonderful neighborhood in all of Brooklyn.

Features

The Uses of Decadence: On Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘A Clue to the Exit’

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“Decadence” is one of those words whose meanings have been eroded by capitalism’s favorite destroyer of language, advertising. In 2015, you can eat a decadent dessert or rent a decadent hotel suite or find it almost unbearably decadent to nap in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Whereas decadence used to mean ostentatious overindulgence as a symptom of a culture in decline, now it just means ostentatious overindulgence — because, presumably, you deserve it!
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ABC Family Refers to Transgender ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Villain as “He. She. It” in Deleted Tweet

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Controversy tends to follow the ABC Family hit Pretty Little Liars. For most of its run, critics and fans have argued over whether it’s acceptable for the teen drama to depict high-school student Aria’s relationship with her teacher, Ezra, in a positive light. Earlier this month, in its midseason finale, the show gave viewers a new, arguably offensive twist to debate. (Spoilers after the jump.)
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Yes, “The Best-Ever Bitcoin Cannabis Drone Entrepreneurs in San Francisco” Is a Mountain Goats Parody — and It’s Glorious

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If tech founders are the new rock stars — though let’s really, really hope they aren’t — then perhaps stoner kids who dream of starting a company that delivers weed via drones are the new teen-outcast metal bands. That is, at least, the conceit of an utterly wonderful parody of The Mountain Goats classic “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton.”
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