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Huh? Aretha Franklin Issues Statement After Satirical Site Says She’s Beefing With Patti Labelle

A satirical news site, The News Nerd, published a “report” that Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle are… Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Laura Palmer, Literary Video Games

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This edition features an essay on literature and video games, William Hazlitt as one of the truly great haters, soda pop, and more. … Read More

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New VIDA Count Suggests Shocker: Women Don’t Own Children’s Literature, Either

Pop quiz: name a children’s writer. Think about them in your brain. You’re thinking about a woman, right? Probably someone like J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, or Suzanne Collins. Or maybe you’re thinking of people like John Green and Neil Gaiman? Male writers are really the outliers in children’s publishing, all the way up to YA, where the majority of heavy hitters are women. I can report that a friend (who is male) with a YA book out next year was at a retreat with his agency where he was basically the only guy in the room. But you’ll read a million features about John Green before you hear about the legions of other (female) writers out there. Occasionally someone like Maureen Johnson, the author of ten wonderful young adult novels, will stir the pot with a provocative idea, like her “Coverflip” pitch, which points out how cover images, the gender of the author, and the content inside are all inextricably linked together. While it went viral, did it make a difference? … Read More

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Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Nude ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover Is Empowering, Not Objectifying

Yesterday, when I spotted the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone that features a nude Julia Louis-Dreyfus — whose back is tattooed with the Declaration of Independence, for some reason (it represents some very thoughtful Veep-related symbolism from Rolling Stone‘s photographer and creative team, I’m sure) — I thought, “Wow, she looks great. Good for her.” It’s not very often you spot a 53-year-old female performer in this sort of scenario, particularly when the woman in question is a comedic actor. And then I went about the rest of my day, because at this point in my life, I don’t think too much about naked people on the cover of magazines. It’s sort of the status quo, no? … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: James Baldwin’s Poetry, Remembering Maggie Estep

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the Internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This edition includes a tribute to the late writer Maggie Estep, poetry by James Baldwin, and much more. … Read More

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Catfishing in the Content Farm: Angela Cheng’s War on Lady Gaga Drags Stan Culture Into the Spotlight

Late last year, as Lady Gaga was seemingly everywhere except at the top of the Hot 100 chart, a claim surfaced that she had lost her label, Interscope Records, $25 million on ARTPOP and that they would be forced to make layoffs. Sure, the album underperformed in comparison to Gaga’s previous work, but it still enjoyed sales figures that most artists would be delighted with — it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has to date sold some 679,000 copies stateside, on top of millions more around the world. So how could it have lost so much money? The unsubstantiated report came from music industry “insider” Angela Cheng, and appeared on Examiner.com, a content farm that has done what all content farms hope to do: trick corners of the Internet into believing it’s a credible website. … Read More

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‘Adult’ Magazine’s Website Offers “New Erotics” From a Millennial Point of View

Adult, a magazine of “contemporary erotics and experience,” made its print debut with a beautiful premiere issue in November 2013. Editor-in-Chief Sarah Nicole Prickett described it as “A magazine that you can take to bed,” in an interview with The Cut. It’s taken some time to get Adult on the Internet, where its sensual, intellectual take on sexuality fills a gap in the erotic life online. The pitch for it is kind of “porn for women,” as opposed to Hustler or Playboy, but I don’t think that’s the case, really. It feels — forgive me — millennial, with a joyful, everybody-in-the-pool take on sexuality. And the gaze, as it is, feels more feminine than male, which is something that’s needed in this world. … Read More

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Nate Silver’s Joyless FiveThirtyEight Isn’t Expanding Journalism — It’s Reducing It

In Creativity, Inc., the new book on Pixar’s creative culture by Pixar head Ed Catmull, the name behind movies like Toy Story and Ratatouille and a man who holds a PhD in computer science, rails against relying solely on data: … Read More

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