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For Flavorwire, the Future of Celebrity Op-Eds Is a Love Story

Where will you be in 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 50 seconds? Will you have clicked out of this link already?

Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you’re reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in journalism who still believes that celebrity op-eds are not dying… they’re just coming alive. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Nick Cave, Midnight Breakfast

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 week: Katherine Faw Morris in conversation, Nick Cave, a lit journal we love, and more. … Read More

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Watching Teenage Car Crashes in Slow Motion: Are Justin Bieber and Shia LaBeouf Doomed?

In Teddy Wayne’s 2013 book The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, the protagonist is an 11-year-old pop star with a great range, a love of Michael Jackson, a manager named Jane, and an entourage. He’s the head of a multimillion-dollar corporation that involves singing songs about true love to tween girls every night — and he’s also the loneliest boy in the world, playing video games and searching for anyone who could be his absent father. It is a quick, sharp, sad-as-hell read, the story of a boy stuck in a glimmering prison; it is also a book that completely presages Justin Bieber’s recent publicity troubles as his star is on the wane. As a reader, you spend the book feeling bad for poor, lonely Jonny, ready and waiting for the moment that he snaps and breaks out of his life. … Read More

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How Not to Write About Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy’s new starring role, in Tammy, and the fact that she’s more of a household name than ever mean she’s garnered quite a bit of press recently. While not purposefully malicious, some coverage can be insensitive about her weight in a particularly ignorant way. To call an actress whose last several films have earned over $100 million at the box office “America’s plus-size sweetheart” instead of merely “America’s sweetheart” fixates on her differences, despite the intended compliment. … Read More

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Nobody Asked Sky Ferreira If She Was OK With Terry Richardson (But Now We Know She Is)

Sky Ferreira is what you’d call an “epic” Facebook user. The lengthy, uncensored explanations she posts there routinely make headlines, in part because she’s typically responding to an accusation made by the media. This time, Sky defends Terry Richardson, the alleged sex abuser of young models/photographer who’s worked with Ferreira since she was 17 with nary an incident of inappropriate behavior. She focuses on her experiences with Richardson, careful not to demean the experiences of other women. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Russian Accents, Teenage Punks, Essays

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 week: two essays you must read, American writers writing Russians, Sara Marcus on We are the Best!, and more. … Read More

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How to Write About the Ambiguities of Consent: Put Survivors First

Consent is complicated. The idea that widely accepted definitions of what does and doesn’t constitute a sexual encounter where all parties are on board need to be (at least) reexamined and (at most) revamped entirely isn’t a new one. Given the ever-increasing furor over sexual assault on college campuses, however, ambiguous consent is getting more airtime than ever, from progressive activists and apoplectic conservatives alike. And in two of the latest pieces to come out of the debate over colleges’ responsibility to survivors, we have a case study in how to talk about the massive gray area surrounding sexual consent and assault… and how not to. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Vintage Ralph Lauren, Flannery O’Connor Talking Smack

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 week: LGBTQ books, Flannery O’Connor being extra awesome, Mavis Staples on The Last Waltz, and more. … Read More

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Why Do We Care So Much About Emoji?

Two people have explained to me that I’m not all that great at using emoji in text messages. One friend got technical and told me it’s a matter of spacing and balancing the text with the emoji I picked, while the other simply said that my “emoji game is nagl,” without explanation, like they’d dropped some huge stink bomb in the room. … Read More

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“Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?” Asks ‘New York’ Magazine Cover Story

New York magazine has posted its latest cover story online, and it’s clearly all anyone is going to be talking… Read More

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