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China Bans Puns

The Guardian reports that China has officially banned wordplay, on the basis that it promotes “cultural and linguistic chaos.” China’s… Read More

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‘Paper’ Magazine Founder David Hershkovits on Kim Kardashian’s Internet-Breaking Cover: “It’s Almost Like Israel and Palestine”

Kim Kardashian has appeared on magazine covers nude before. But this week, when Paper Magazine positioned Kim K ass-first on its Winter 2014 issue under the tagline “Break the Internet,” the world took the command seriously — for better and for worse. For a magazine that routinely places movie and music stars on its covers, the Jean-Paul Goude photographs of Kardashian are some of Paper‘s finest visual work. But for a 30-year-old print publication trying to sell its downtown Manhattan view of the arts to an Internet overloaded with pop culture, the Kim K cover was an inspired jackpot. … Read More

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On Loving “Bad” People: Links You Need to See

With the polar vortex looking down on the East Coast and the sun setting on one of our last days of loveliness, perhaps we should be focusing on indoor activities: This may be a little old, but BuzzFeed’s piece about people’s pooping preferences is extremely timely and crucial. Most of us have been privately pooping since we were five or so, and thus our habits have solidified, let’s say, in isolation, without outside influence. There are some odd findings here; for example, 9% of those polled take off their shirts to poop. Not sure what purpose that serves, but you know, whatever…floats your boat. … Read More

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House of Blues and Larry Flynt’s Hustler Hollywood Will Be Demolished to Make Way for Luxury Hotels

Soon the glory-days of the Sunset Strip — where you could purchase a “Peanut Butter Fudgepacker” smoothie and do your weekly… Read More

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Tavi Gevinson Listens to ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ on Long Walks, and More From Her Reddit AMA

Tavi Gevinson, every young person’s favorite multi-hyphenate, just finished up a Q&A over at Reddit. In it, several… Read More

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