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Move Over, James Franco: Tom Hanks Pens So-So Fiction for ‘New Yorker’

Move over James Franco and Steve Martin: you aren’t the only fiction-penning celebrities around. This week, The New Yorker features a short story by Tom Hanks — yes, that Tom Hanks — which seems to be heavily influenced by his time working on Apollo 13. While reading, I had do my very best to approach the story, a futuristic space-jaunt called “Alan Bean Plus Four”, as a lighthearted foray into fiction by a revered actor (director, screenwriter, producer, and cultural figure) and not as something I would mercilessly savage if I were in a fiction workshop and a “packet” of my peers’ writing had just arrived in my arms for a pre-class critique. … Read More

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Happy 10th Anniversary to the Boston Red Sox Finally Winning the World Series!

This week marks the 10th anniversary of an impossible feat; when the Boston Red Sox pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat with an improbable four game comeback against their sworn enemies, forever rivals, forged in fire, with the immortal fuck-up of The Curse of the Bambino as the kicking-off point, the ever-smug and very victorious New York Yankees. … Read More

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“Amazon Is Hurting America”: NY Times Columnist On Why the Hachette Conflict Goes Way Beyond Books

“Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.” Thus begins Monday’s ominously blunt column by New York Times regular and Nobel-prize winner Paul Krugman. Krugman, who covers the economy from a progressive perspective, does not approach the controversial question of Amazon: good or bad? as a an author with a recent book out, nor as a rabid culture consumer (although I did see him at a St. Vincent concert in Brooklyn once; shoutout to Paul Krugman’s music taste!) Instead, he’s writing as a politically-savvy economist who sees a company beginning to get out of control. And Krugman has some important thoughts about what Amazon has become so dangerous — not a monopoly, per se, but rather a monopsony. … Read More

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Evan Rachel Wood’s “I Felt Like Meat” Tweet Reveals What Teenage Starlets Go Through

This week, Evan Rachel Wood spoke up on Twitter about posing for a seemingly innocuous, if absurdly too-white Vanity FairIt’s Raining Teens” double-wide cover from 2003. While fans on Twitter waxed nostalgic, the actress popped in to say that she was miserable and felt like meat the day of the shoot. … Read More

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Don’t Panic: Why Pop Culture Wants You to Freak Out About Ebola and Pandemics

Since the terrifying pandemic known as Ebola is officially in the United States, the news has gotten more and more insane by the hour. A nurse diagnosed with Ebola took a plane flight, and tried on wedding dresses in Ohio. A health care worker (also related to the Dallas case), is now on a Carnival Cruise Ship, officially quarantined. It’s enough to make the average person hearing about Ebola through 24-hour news stations, blogs, and radio, liable to freak out. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Kathleen Hale’s Macabre Essays

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the essays of Kathleen Hale. … Read More

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Gone Girl, Bad Weather, and the D: Links You Need to See

Everyone’s content has been on point today, so I just want to thank y’all (y’all here being used in the feminist sense) for making today’s post really easy to write. Here’s what you need to read (or look at) from today’s internet goings-on. … Read More

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This Is Terrorism: Misogynist Shooting Threat Forces Anita Sarkeesian to Cancel Speech

Last night, feminist commentator Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel a planned talk at Utah State University after threats of a mass shooting surfaced. Sarkeesian, who talks, writes, and vlogs about gender in video games, has been targeted by these kinds of nasty misogynist threats for a long time. Her trolling and persecution mostly now comes from the #GamerGate conspiracy theorists — she even had to leave her home at one point. … Read More

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‘Obvious Child’ for the Web: New Online Course Combats “Abortion Stigma”

Americans love to argue about abortion, in the moral-philosophical sense. Is it right or wrong? In what circumstances is it OK, or allowable? The debate goes back and forth, and so do the laws. Just last night, the Supreme Court reversed a circuit court’s decision (which had reversed a still lower court’s decision) to close a number of Texas abortion clinics — roughly accomplishing what Wendy Davis was initially trying to do with her filibuster. The shuttered clinics will now be able to re-open, until they’re targeted yet again. There’s no doubt they will be. … Read More

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