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Take a Peek Inside Grimes’ Lab in the ‘Art Angel’ Mini-Doc

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Grimes’ Art Angels is one of our favorite records of 2015. It was met with resounding praise upon its release last month, but the process was not without labor pains; After scrapping the first version of her followup to the wildly successful Visions for being “too depressing,” the animated sprite that is Claire Boucher moved to California to make the neon fever dream that is her new album. 
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How Social Media Can Bridge the Gap Between Political Awareness and Action

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We live in an age of seeming paradox — we’ve never been more connected to or aware of what’s happening in the world around us, and yet we’ve never felt more powerless to effect change in that world. In the past, governments have gotten away with reprehensible actions because those actions were concealed from the public — in the 1950s and 1960s, for instance, the CIA was doing all sorts of terrible things, but the general public could at least say in retrospect that they had no idea what was going on. Today, in the age of Wikileaks and social media, ignorance isn’t really a defense, which isn’t to say that it doesn’t predominate regardless (as ever, The Onion has the best take on that particular topic). But oversaturation is its own form of psychological repression.
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Again With the Cheesy Hanukkah YouTube Videos?

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It begins a few days before Hanukkah each year. First you notice a new parody video, posted on Facebook or Twitter. Naturally, you ignore it. Thanksgiving just ended, after all! But then, within a few days, someone’s grandma, dad, aunt, or cousin finds the video online and sends it to their acquaintances of the younger generation with the subject line “so funny,” “great video!!!!” or something along those lines. Maybe you still ignore it.
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We Need to Put More Thought — and Less Shame — Into Our Conversations About Paris and Beirut on Social Media

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In 2008, terrorists slaughtered 164 people in Mumbai in a series of coordinated attacks around the city. I used to live in Mumbai, or Bombay as most of the locals still call it, and as such, the news of the attacks there really hit me hard. This is a city in which I still have many friends, a wonderful, beautiful, confounding, dynamic city that welcomed me with open arms, a place that’s home to some of the most lovely people you’ll ever meet — and here it was, under attack by murderous fanatics. The news was devastating, the pictures horrifying.
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This Year, NaNoWriMo Is Driving Me Nuts

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Woe unto the writer with a particularly busy November, or the writer dealing with difficult personal circumstances that month, or the writer in the middle of a long and arduous revision process, slowly transitioning one paragraph into the next, or rearranging a manuscript piece by piece by piece. And as the leaves fall and the Thanksgiving Turkeys get pre-ordered across America, even more angst awaits the published, midlist author who has recently been told that, “stories with X just don’t sell,” or “your novel is beautifully written, but just too quiet.”
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