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Longform You Have to Read: The Truth About David Lynch and ‘Twin Peaks’

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 going to get Lynchian. … Read More

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Watch: Prank for ‘Ouija’ Movie Involves Bulging Eyeballs and a Zombie

Creakiness is part of the charm of New York flooring (as much charm as flooring can have, really) — we adapt to floorboards… Read More

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Zadie Smith Saves the New York City Essay From Cliché

It’s fair to say that the “New York essay” is having a moment. Or maybe it’s always having a moment. But with Sari Botton’s two anthologies about loving and leaving and just having a great time in New York (last year’s Goodbye to All That and this month’s Never Can Say Goodbye), and former Granta editor John Freeman’s upcoming Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst Times in Today’s New York, one thing is sure: in 2014, the New York City essay is bountiful. … Read More

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Intel Panders to #GamerGate, Is On the Wrong Side of History

Hey, remember #GamerGate? If you thought that the ridiculous kerfuffle over nasty feminists saying mean things about the poor innocent people on 4chan was over and done with, you might be unpleasantly surprised to know that the gamers in question have been harassing advertisers on sites that publish those journalists whose views they find offensive. Striking a blow for free speech, y’all! This campaign boasts at least one unfeasible success: #GamerGate has managed to gaslight Intel into pulling an advertising campaign from the video-game criticism site Gamasutra. High five, Internet bros! … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Scary Viruses and Super Freak-Outs

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 by just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading.

This week: disease is in the air. After reading Eula Biss’ On Immunity: An Inoculation, and opening the newspaper to read that the first confirmed case of Ebola is in the U.S., it feels like the right time to explore some necessary journalism about how humans deal with pandemics, disease, and vaccinations. … Read More

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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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