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Notes Toward a Healthier America: Links You Need to See

Good afternoon, and welcome back to your permanently-recurring workweek. The internet has been abuzz today with Taylor Swift drama and—well, that’s it, to be honest. But I managed to dig up some more quality #content that you really need to ingest. … Read More

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Astounding Carl Sagan Quotes About the Wonders of the Cosmos

Intrepid astronomer and science advocate Carl Sagan envisioned society’s potential as peaceful, compassionate, curious, awe-inspired, and, yes, even skeptical. In his PBS series Cosmos, Sagan explored a rarely talked-about perspective regarding our place in the vast universe, bringing mind-bending concepts about life and space to popular culture. In honor of the science writer’s cosmic legacy — this weekend marked what would have been Sagan’s 80th birthday — we’re looking back on several thought-provoking quotes about our planet and… Read More

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Old New York Was Sexier Than New New York: Links You Need to See

There’s nothing more to be said about NYC’s general scrubbing-up and watering-down that took place during the Giuliani and Bloomberg years. We’ve all generally accepted that New York (Manhattan in particular) is headed toward upperclass oblivion. And these new (somewhat NSFW) photos by Arlene Gottfried, taken during the ’70s and ’80s (and compiled in her book Sometimes Overwhelming), show a New York that is just generally more interesting than anything you’ll see on, say, Humans of New York. … Read More

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Robyn Is on Postal Stamps and Micropenises Are Still Worthy of Long Articles: Links You Need to See

The scene today in New York City is a bleak one, gloomy and cold and windy to boot, the stone facades of the old downtown buildings stained dark from the torrents of rain. It’s cause for introspection, self-analysis, and, of course, reading. Maybe even reading about micropenises. … Read More

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“It’s Like Hair Dye for Your Soul”: Talking Philosophy, Buddhism, and Depression with Andrew W.K.

A couple of months back, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves published an essay wherein she recalled a meeting with Andrew W.K., and the striking difference between Andrew W.K. the performer — loud, flamboyant, fond of partying — and Andrew W.K. the person. Graves suggested that his party-centric persona was about hiding unhappiness, rather than expressing it. At the time, this struck me as a rather unfortunate misreading of what the idea of Andrew W.K. was all about. But whether you agree or disagree with Graves, her piece was just the latest installment in a long history of theorizing about what Andrew W.K. means. The best person to talk about this, of course, is Andrew W.K. himself, which is why I was delighted to get the chance to have lunch with him in New York last week. … Read More

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Are Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift Flirting? : Links You Need to See

What better a way to avoid thinking about the fact that the Republicans overtook Congress (and, honestly, what better a way to be a good Democrat than to avoid thinking about such a thing, leading, possibly, to the next dreaded Republican victory?) than to stare at some funny and perhaps even informative (but decidedly unpolitical) shit from around the internet? I can’t think of anything. So here’s some funny and perhaps even informative but decidedly unpolitical shit from around the internet. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The Dispute About the Ethics of Tipping Continues: Links You Need to See

The custom of tipping has been raging among food critics and the restaurant industry for at least a year now (with pieces at Esquire, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal all weighing in on the debate). Adam Platt at Grubstreet is the latest writer to partake in the dispute in a long-ish piece titled “Is It Time to Topple Tipping? Adam Platt Tries (and Fails) to Go Gratuity-Free.… Read More

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Remembering Laika the Space Dog: Links You Need to See

We all know the story of Laika the Space Dog, the brave pup who ventured into space in a Soviet rocket ship and died in-transit. At Motherboard, Becky Ferreira has written a piece on the lingering heartbreak of Laika’s death and the questions that arise regarding the ethics of sending an unsuspecting dog into space to die for human progress and science. Whatever side of the fence you sit on, it’s a lovely  essay (seriously–I felt my eyes welling up while reading it) and is worth a read. … Read More

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Lena Dunham’s Triggering Art Doesn’t Make Her an Abuser, No Matter What Some Transphobic Bigot Insists

This past weekend, The National Review‘s Kevin Williamson, notable for his transphobic piece “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman” and an infamous “women who get abortions should be hanged” tweet, moved on to attacking Lena Dunham for writing about her own rape in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.  … Read More

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