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The Uses of Decadence: On Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘A Clue to the Exit’

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“Decadence” is one of those words whose meanings have been eroded by capitalism’s favorite destroyer of language, advertising. In 2015, you can eat a decadent dessert or rent a decadent hotel suite or find it almost unbearably decadent to nap in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Whereas decadence used to mean ostentatious overindulgence as a symptom of a culture in decline, now it just means ostentatious overindulgence — because, presumably, you deserve it!
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Here’s Another Reason Miley Cyrus Probably Deserved That Perfect Nicki Minaj Diss

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As soon as we thought it was safe to embrace Miley Cyrus again — her pipes are so strong, and we love those inclusive Happy Hippie videos — she went and reignited the Nicki Minaj-Taylor Swift feud with an interview that went in on Minaj. If you were watching the VMAs last night, then you saw that Nicki’s response was fast and furious — “What’s good, Miley?” is destined to become a cultural catchphrase. Assuming it was genuine and not scripted, was this public ire deserved?
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2015 VMAs: “Kanye For President” Derails a Series of Calculated Tweetable Moments

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When it comes to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, it must be asked: did we somehow forget about Kanye West? Since the nominations, the announcement of Miley Cyrus as host, and the subsequent beef surrounding both of those things, the hype around this year’s VMAs (August 30) had been surprisingly bereft of Kanye. What Would Miley Do? had basically become the refrain, and in the end the answer was (delightfully): Miley.
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