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Longform You Have to Read: Mary Gaitskill’s True Stories

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 best of Mary Gaitskill’s nonfiction work. … Read More

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You Guys, We Just Weren’t Smart Enough to “Get” Alessandra Stanley’s Shonda Rhimes Piece!

“When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away with Being an Angry Black Woman.” I must have read that sentence five times, unable to believe that multiple editors would OK it as a lede in The New York Fucking Times. But what followed wasn’t much better: unsupported judgments and inaccuracies about one of America’s most powerful television voices, particularly when it comes to portrayals of racial diversity in the workplace. … Read More

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No, Third-Wave Feminism and Hookup Culture Aren’t Responsible for Rape on Campus

The cover story for this week’s New York magazine is a lengthy profile of Emma Sulkowicz and the burgeoning college anti-rape movement, written by Vanessa Grigoriadis. It’s notable for the number of interviews and amount research involved — and, sadly, also for a couple of highly questionable paragraphs that skirt perilously close to victim-blaming. I’m not setting out to tear down the piece here — as a whole, it’s a fascinating and in-depth piece, and you should read it. I do, however, think the views Grigoriadis expresses, even in passing, are worth examining and challenging. … Read More

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Tavi Covers Reinvented Nylon Magazine

Nylon is a magazine that’s happily in flux. Their new Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Lee, (who has filled the seat of… Read More

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What Do This Year’s Wildly Disparate National Book Award Longlists Mean?

If you like awards, this week has been super-fun, between the MacArthur “Genius” Grants (shout out Alison Bechdel!) and the National Book Awards’ longlists in the young adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction categories. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Moving to the Country

In a world where you have more options for satisfying your longform reading needs than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, their status as classics, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re trading the city life for an idyllic country move. … Read More

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Proper Cultural Criticism for Serious Men: Introducing ‘Actually…’ Magazine

Blogging is all very well, but I think we can all agree that there’s a dearth of Serious Cultural Criticism these days. Happily, we’ve gotten word that some of our finest critics are putting together a new music magazine that will explain everything to lesser mortals — Actually… is a new home for the cultural explainers you never knew you were missing. We’re very excited to have gotten our hands on proofs of the cover and table of contents of the first issue. Click through to see what you’re going to learn, kids. … Read More

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