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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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10 Ways We Totally Relate To BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti

Fusion’s Felix Salmon did a totally epic, 23,000-word “longread” with BuzzFeed founder and nascent media mogul Jonah Peretti, where we, the public, got to learn that even though Peretti is the king of viral content, he’s just like us! (Seriously, if you’re interested in the future of media and the internet, do read it. Peretti’s an emerging power and voice and what he’s doing with BuzzFeed will ripple out into the world.) But in the meantime, here are 10 things we learned about Peretti from the interview — with accompanying GIFs. Of course. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Tao Lin on Knausgaard, Modern Farmer on Twitter

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, debut novelists share their stories, Tao Lin goes to see Karl Ove Knausgaard talk with Zadie Smith, and lots of dogs. … Read More

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Reminder: The Internet Is No Excuse for Rape Threats

It is a sad reality that in today’s world, if you are writing something on the Internet, particularly if you are female, you are very likely to get rape threats from the world at large. The Pandora’s Box of perceived anonymity on the Internet has opened up something broken and ugly in the world, and often throwing around the word “rape” at people who are perceived as less-than is one way to gain control. … Read More

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Why Did the ‘Washington Post’ Publish an Insane Pro-Marriage Piece Without Mentioning Its Author Runs a Pro-Marriage Think Tank?

Yesterday, like pretty much everyone else on the Internet, I read the ridiculous Washington Post column by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson arguing that the way to end violence against women is for women to get married, got angry about it, wrote a piece attacking the piece’s arguments (such as they were), used the word “asspuddings” and said “fuck” a lot, then went home and ranted to the cat about the whole thing until she bit me as if to say, “Enough, for god’s sake.” And just like everyone else, I spent this morning reflecting somewhat more soberly on the whole sorry business and wondering: how in the world did this ever get published? … Read More

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‘Hard Choices’: How Hillary Clinton Took Control of Her Narrative

It is, as The New Yorker‘s John Cassidy put it, “Hillary Week” across America, as the former Secretary of State, senator for New York, first lady, future grandma, and pantsuit poster child criss-crosses the country promoting her new tome, Hard Choices. … Read More

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‘Washington Post’s’ Embarrassing #YesAllWomen Response Should Be the Death of Data Journalism

In case you’re lucky enough not to have seen it yet, the Washington Post just ran a genuinely astonishing piece on violence against women. It was written by two academics by the names of W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson, whose names aren’t the only thing out of the 19th century: the article looks at a bunch of statistics in regard to violence against women and children, and concludes that “the data show that #yesallwomen would be safer hitched to their baby daddies.” I swear I’m not making this up. If you want to read the whole thing, in all its jaw-dropping troll-baiting wrongheadedness, you can click here (don’t worry, it’s going via DoNotLink, so you’re not giving these asspuddings any clicks). Otherwise, just take my word for it: this is the nadir, and hopefully the death knell, of the recent trend toward “data journalism.” … Read More

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Shonda Rhimes’ Commencement Speech Is the Perfect Antidote to Millennial Panic

There’s lots to love about Shonda Rhimes’ Dartmouth commencement speech, delivered IRL on Sunday and available in full here. I’ll start with my favorite: follow that link, hit control+F, and type in “millennial.” The M-word is nowhere to be found, and neither is the faulty logic or preachy tone that characterize most of the think-pieces that use it. Which is ironic, given that Rhimes’ address, unlike the aforementioned TIME cover stories and #slatepitches, contains some funny, heartening, and above all useful stuff. Stuff actually written with 20-somethings, not boomers and Gen X-ers looking for someone else to blame, in mind. … Read More

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