Cruel Obituary Focuses on Colleen McCullough’s Appearance

In April 2013, the New York Times notoriously memorialized rocket scientist Yvonne Brill by mentioning her “mean beef stroganoff” and position as the “world’s best mom” in the opening paragraph, before “surprising” readers with her scientific accomplishments: “But Yvonne Brill, who died on Wednesday at 88 in Princeton, N.J., was also a brilliant rocket scientist who in the early 1970s invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits.” … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Tales of Stormy Weather

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 some stormy weather. … Read More

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Stop Freaking Out About ‘Newsweek’s’ Silicon Valley Cover and Read the Story It’s Advertising

Behind every provocative magazine cover lies an article whose worth we can only determine by actually reading it. Newsweek’s cursor-lifting “upskirt” cover appeared last night, and initial outrage poured forth on Twitter, as it so often does. Then the article, “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” was published. And it became clear, to me at least, that the cover was an extremely accurate representation of the content. Was it unnecessarily titillating, too? Maybe, but if it brought readers in, I think it did its job. … Read More

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Jonathan Chait and Anita Sarkeesian: What It Really Means to Be Silenced

By now, it’s safe to assume that everyone who cares about “political correctness” — pro, anti, or “it’s complicated” — has not only absorbed Jonathan Chait’s New York magazine cover story on the topic, but read plenty of rebuttals to its arguments. Flavorwire’s Judy Berman took a polite chainsaw to Chait’s piece a couple of days back, and I don’t have a lot to add to what she said. But at this point, it’s worth taking a look at how Chait’s reacted to criticism of his essay: with, for the most part, the perception that people are focusing on him and his identity, rather than his arguments. … Read More

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Watch Jon Stewart Do What He Does, Ridicule CNN’s Blizzardmobile

Monday sent the whole northeastern United States into a blizzard-crazy tailspin, rocketing sales at grocery stores and forcing people… Read More

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‘This American Life’ Episode Humanizes Internet Trolling as Only Radio Can

Just about every writer whose work is posted on the Internet has to deal with the bane of the comments section, but for Lindy West, a former Jezebel staffer who currently writes for publications like GQ and The Guardian, the comments section has become a war zone. She’s candid and funny, unafraid to criticize rape jokes or explain how airlines discriminate against fat people, and her fearlessness has made her one of the most notable voices on the Internet. … Read More

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Indiana’s Republican, State-Run News Service Might Be Even Scarier Than You Think

Indiana, the trashcan where I was born, has come an inch closer to fulfilling its greatest ambition. More than ever it resembles Francoist Spain.

Yesterday, the Indianapolis Star reported that Republican Governor Mike Pence’s administration will launch “Just IN” — the IN stands for Indiana — a taxpayer-funded, state-run news outlet that “will make pre-written news stories available to Indiana media, as well as sometimes break news about his administration.” The outlet will feature “stories” and “news releases” written by state press secretaries. … Read More

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Jonathan Chait Doesn’t Really Care About Free Speech

“Can a white male liberal critique the country’s current political-correctness craze (which, by the way, hurts liberals most)?” asks the print-edition subtitle of New York Magazine pundit Jonathan Chait’s latest provocation. (For maximum outrage-baiting effect, the version that appears in the magazine is also titled “Trigger Warning,” and the subhead ends with the tease, “We’re sure you’ll let us know.”) A better question would have been, “Can any writer connect the Charlie Hebdo shootings to trigger warnings in college classes, protests against universities hosting bigoted speakers, the term ‘mansplaining,’ and a Facebook group for women writers without sounding hysterical?” The answer, of course, is “nope” — and, furthermore, “grow up.” … Read More

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Writers, Money, and the Economy: Why Time Is the 21st Century’s “Room of One’s Own”

Ann Bauer’s eye-opening essay about being a “sponsored” writer (actually version of a piece by Bauer that’s been kicking around the writing blogosphere for a few years), published yesterday on Salon, has fostered an intense, multi-pronged online discussion about writing and money. In the piece, Bauer lists several anonymous examples of acclaimed writers who have benefited from an extra financial boost but thrive on the myth of their genius. But her main aim is to admit that she’s accomplished much, much more as writer since marrying a high earner later in life than she did in her years as a struggling mom with financial woes. … Read More

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‘Modern Farmer’ Magazine Is Dead

Pour one out for the goat cam, because the excellent National Magazine Award-winning publication Modern Farmer has now “ceased publication,” … Read More

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