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A Leaked Email From the Founder of a “Millennial Commune”

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This weekend, the New York Times dropped its latest hate-read in the section that has slowly but surely supplanted Styles as the paper’s go-to dumping ground for trend pieces that make the 0.1% feel less alone and the 99.9% rage-sob over their student loan bills: Real Estate. Just in case knowing that “millennial communes” exist isn’t bad enough, we’ve unearthed* an early email from the co-founder of just such a business — before all the venture funding got to his head. Fascinating stuff.

Bro!
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Camille Paglia Talks About This Crazy Weather We’re Having

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Camille Paglia, self-appointed feminist gadfly, is back at Salon with an interview in which she rides her various well-worn hobbyhorses into the glowing late-July sunset. Almost everything she says in this most recent (beware, there are more coming) installment — about topics like Bill Cosby, Emma Sulkowicz and the Clintons — ranges from incorrect to out of touch to genuinely insightful to extremely funny. She loves Freud, and also really loves Camille Paglia.

Well, not to be outdone in the scramble for those precious Paglia pageviews, we also talked to Paglia* about the hottest topic of the day: the hot weather we’ve been having lately. I mean seriously, it’s humid. So humid that only one thought came to mind: what does Camille Paglia think about the state of the thermometer, nay, both the thermometer and the barometer? Read on to find out.
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The Onion Is Releasing a Web Series Spoofing VICE’s Pairing of Conflict Coverage and Youth Culture

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Nothing, regardless of how obscure or unexpected, is safe from falling into the funhouse mirror of being Onion-ized.  Today alone, topics ranging from stadium bathroom floors to Dr. Seuss to garbage were subjected to The Onion‘s absurdist spin. But some subjects — particularly some media companies — need a little extra attention from the parody journal.
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Reddit Disasters Pile Up: Are The Trolls Running the Site?

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Another high-ranking female employee at Reddit — namely, Head of Community Jessica Moreno — is leaving the company, and although she doesn’t mention gender issues or harassment directly in her statement, the look is not good for the site. As Re/Code’s Noah Kulwin notes, “[Moreno]’s exit is the latest by a female higher-up at the social news site at a time when the company’s efforts to rein in the most toxic elements of its community have been in the spotlight.”
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Gawker Will Undergo “Relaunch” on Monday; Nick Denton Says Ta-Nehisi Coates Would Be His Ideal Editor

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According to Adweek, after a now-infamous (and now-nonexistant) article about the sex life of Condé Nast’s CFO led to a cataclysmic week for Gawker’s infrastructure (long half-apologies from Nick Denton! the resignation of Max Read and Tommy Craggs!  labyrinthine posts about said resignations! revisitations of ongoing drama in the comment thread! etc!), Gawker will undergo a “relaunch” on Monday. (They’ll also physically be moving their offices). 
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