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Is Monica Lewinsky a Feminist Icon?

Monica Lewinsky is a heroine, and not just as the fictional subject of a web video series. Instead, as she takes tentative steps back into the public eye, she may be emerging as an icon for a younger generation of feminists, at least according to a long profile by Jessica Bennett in the New York Times in conjunction with Lewinsky’s well-received TED Talk on cyber-bullying last week. … Read More

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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler: Even a Free Burrito Is “Selling Out”

AUSTIN, TX: To quote the leader of one of the biggest rock bands in the world, “It’s a waste of mental energy to think about this cesspool. You should just be in your cheap bedroom making something good.”

This cesspool, of course, is the music industry — specifically its current obsession with social media and digital data. Our… Read More

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Is It Time to Get Hopeful About Harper Lee?

Now that the Harper Lee exploitation story is fizzling out for the second time, let’s take a moment to remember that the author has always reserved as much ire for journalists as for any other type of carpetbagger. Since the revelation that Lee’s attorney, Tonja Carter, found a manuscript of the unpublished novel Go Set a Watchman — a novel we already knew existed at some point — members of the press, spurred by their own perfunctory reporting, have presumed that the whole thing was an elder-abuse scam meant to earn agent, attorney, publisher — just someone, really — millions of dollars. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Tales of Stormy Weather

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at some stormy weather. … Read More

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The Best of Literary Criticism in 2014

I’ll give it to you straight: 2014 was a weird year in literary criticism. There were a lot of “hybrid” pieces, the kind that I’m not altogether fond of. But there were, to be sure, a number of substantial essays and reviews that worked to open up possibilities in literary writing. Here, with mere hours remaining in the year, are the best pieces of literary criticism (that I can remember) from 2014. Did I miss something? Too bad. 2014 is over, and it doesn’t make sense to have two rage years in a row. … Read More

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Photos, Furries, and Photos of Furries: Links You Need To See

Between 5,000 and 10,000 people in the United States reportedly identify as furries; despite the community’s growing numbers, their culture is primarily misunderstood and ridiculed. BuzzFeed has a thorough piece about furries, describing what it’s like for those who identify as such to realize what they’re interested in and “come out” to their families and friends about it. It’s an enlightening story—I had several of my own misconceptions about the community corrected. … Read More

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Uber, Ebola, and Other Evils: Links You Need To See

Welcome back to the real world, weekenders. Remember Ebola? There was a panic here in the States because a handful of people, mostly medical professionals, in major American cities had gotten it–Dallas, Manhattan. There are no known cases of Ebola in the US at present. But there are in West Africa. As of December 4, there were more than 17,000 reported cases of Ebola, spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and will likely blast through the CDC’s prediction of petering out at 20,000. But no one’s really talking about it anymore. Let’s talk about it. … Read More

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The Awkward Ménage à Trois of Men, Women, and Music

There he is — across the crowded dance floor, two rows down from you in a college lecture, cracking open a beer at someone’s house party: a cute guy wearing the T-shirt of your favorite band. It’s not love at first sight, probably, but it’s infatuation or at least curiosity. You’ll use that thing you have in common to start a conversation, one of you will mention that you were considering checking out a certain show Friday night, you’ll start following each other on Spotify, and sometime after that you’ll be deep into a relationship whose foundation is music. … Read More

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“Amazon Is Hurting America”: NY Times Columnist On Why the Hachette Conflict Goes Way Beyond Books

“Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.” Thus begins Monday’s ominously blunt column by New York Times regular and Nobel-prize winner Paul Krugman. Krugman, who covers the economy from a progressive perspective, does not approach the controversial question of Amazon: good or bad? as a an author with a recent book out, nor as a rabid culture consumer (although I did see him at a St. Vincent concert in Brooklyn once; shoutout to Paul Krugman’s music taste!) Instead, he’s writing as a politically-savvy economist who sees a company beginning to get out of control. And Krugman has some important thoughts about what Amazon has become so dangerous — not a monopoly, per se, but rather a monopsony. … Read More

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Meet Cassandro, the Liberace of Lucha Libre: Links You Need To See

The world of professional wrestling is a strange, difficult one. The world of lucha libre? Even stranger, even more difficult, and dominated by the types of straight, male figures that you’ll find walking around in Ed Hardy and UFC shirts. Imagine, then, trying to navigate that world as a an out, flamboyant gay man. Well, that’s exactly what Cassandro has done. Fusion has the story of Cassandro, one of the first out exoticos — flamboyant luchadores — and it’s a deep, ultimately uplifting one, touching on his estrangement and reconciliation with his father, as well as his battle with addiction and sobriety. It makes sense that a gay luchador finally made it big in the sport, what with the bodies, the pomp, and the personalities: professional wrestling is almost like high-contact drag. So, good on you, Cassandro. … Read More

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