Politics

How Rick Perry Could Get Convicted

How Rick Perry Could Get Convicted

We finally found a political issue that unites liberals and conservatives. No, it’s not something that could benefit millions of Americans like raising the minimum wage. Instead, it’s the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry for his alleged abu...

Everyone right and left is mocking it. But the Texas governor ignored statutory procedure and acted unilaterally. Sorry, that’s serious.

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Apps That Let You Vote With Your Wallet

Apps That Let You Vote With Your Wallet

Your social conscience: What a drag.Before the modern information age, there was a sort of justified ignorance. With no political data on the products you purchased, corporate activism largely consisted of memorizing a list of behemoth companies t...

Does the CEO of your pasta maker support gay marriage? What about the Koch brothers? Buycott, BuyPartisan, and other new apps offer you the chance to find out—if you must know.

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Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

As is only to be expected, a fresh wave of controversy is swirling around a court’s imposition of massive fines on two New York farmers who don’t want a gay couple to get married on their property.In today’s news cycle, where outrage is instinctiv...

Two New York farmers who hold weddings on their property have been fined after disinviting a gay couple who hoped to tie the knot there. Is this a win for gay rights, or an encroachm...

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How Rick Perry Could Get Convicted

How Rick Perry Could Get Convicted

We finally found a political issue that unites liberals and conservatives. No, it’s not something that could benefit millions of Americans like raising the minimum wage. Instead, it’s the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry for his alleged abu...

Everyone right and left is mocking it. But the Texas governor ignored statutory procedure and acted unilaterally. Sorry, that’s serious.

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McDonnell Trial’s 5 Weirdest Revelations

McDonnell Trial’s 5 Weirdest Revelations

In his ongoing federal trial for corruption, the former GOP chief executive of the Old Dominion described his relationship with his wife, Maureen, in detail on the witness stand over the past day and half. Together the two are facing a 14-count in...

What could be worse than being tried for corruption? All the strange things that leak out. From pathetic love notes to living arrangements, get up to speed on the ex-Virginia governor.

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Could Maine Re-Elect Its Wingnut Guv?

Could Maine Re-Elect Its Wingnut Guv?

Paul LePage is the incumbent governor of Maine; he struggles to break 40 percent in opinion polls or go a single day without making an outrageous comment. But the one-term Republican could still be spared from rejection. He is lucky enough to be f...

It didn’t take long for Republican Governor Paul LePage to start alienating his voters in Maine but he may be spared by a split in the electorate.

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Entertainment

Sherman Alexie: ‘Loss Is in Our DNA’

Sherman Alexie: ‘Loss Is in Our DNA’

Forgotten, but not gone—such is the plight of Native Americans in the modern U.S.Debates about immigration, profiling Muslims, or police brutality ensure that the causes of many minority groups see their time in the spotlight.The same cannot be sa...

The author talks about the new movie based on James Welch’s ‘Winter in the Blood,’ addiction among Native Americans, and the odiousness of certain sports mascots.

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GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

EDINBURGH — Every actor can recall their worst review; but most try to keep them under wraps. Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones), on the other hand, has put on an entire stage show to celebrate the crushing moments when a crit...

Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones,’ has turned tales of critical bashing into a delightful play. Her advice to the young stars of Westeros: Do theater!

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Tales of A Drunken D-List Horse

Tales of A Drunken D-List Horse

If Catherine the Great were alive today, she’d get a big kick out of Netflix’s latest offering. The animated sitcom BoJack Horseman is an absurdist equine satire that centers on BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett)—a washed-up, hard-partying fo...

The streaming service is getting into the adult animation game with this randy, hilarious sitcom about a washed-up ’90s TV star/horse who’s desperately trying to make a comeback.

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‘Sex Box’: A New Low for Reality TV

‘Sex Box’: A New Low for Reality TV

If you thought Dating Naked, VH1’s boner-poppin’, trolltastic reality series where contestants do just that—and whose participant, Jesse Nizewitz, is suing the network for $10 million for showing a brief flash of her unpixelated crotch while she p...

On Thursday afternoon, WE tv announced plans to bring the controversial UK reality series to the United States in 2015. And reality TV has, unsurprisingly, reached a new low.

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GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

EDINBURGH — Every actor can recall their worst review; but most try to keep them under wraps. Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones), on the other hand, has put on an entire stage show to celebrate the crushing moments when a crit...

Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones,’ has turned tales of critical bashing into a delightful play. Her advice to the young stars of Westeros: Do theater!

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Pamela Freezes Out Ice Challenge

Pamela Freezes Out Ice Challenge

The #IceBucketChallenge has become the latest double-dog-dare-you stunt that social media feeds us on a daily basis, soaking everyone across the nation. Even celebrities have joined in on the action—Lady Gaga, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Lebron J...

Even celebrities known as ice queens are taking up the cold challenge sweeping social media. Not so Pamela Anderson, who used her nomination to condemn the ALS Association.

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The Curse of the Butt Career

The Curse of the Butt Career

By now, you’ve seen Nicki Minaj’s butt.Maybe you were looking for it. You probably weren’t. She was going to show it to you regardless.It’s not been so much a mission she’s been on, to show us all her ass, but some seeming personal vocation. Akin ...

Many celebrities—Nicki Minaj included—reached new heights of fame when we started paying attention to their rear ends. But have those ass-ets also been a liability?

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Boy Shaves Stash, Gets the Girl

Boy Shaves Stash, Gets the Girl

Ever since Eve urged Adam to sample the forbidden fruit, men have been doing crazy things in the name of love. But not since Helen of Troy became known as the face that launched a thousand ships has one rogue seductress had such a singular impact ...

Like a caterpillar shedding its cocoon or a sexual predator shedding his creepy, deeply unflattering mustache, Justin Bieber leaves his old self behind.

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Pamela Freezes Out Ice Challenge

Pamela Freezes Out Ice Challenge

The #IceBucketChallenge has become the latest double-dog-dare-you stunt that social media feeds us on a daily basis, soaking everyone across the nation. Even celebrities have joined in on the action—Lady Gaga, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Lebron J...

Even celebrities known as ice queens are taking up the cold challenge sweeping social media. Not so Pamela Anderson, who used her nomination to condemn the ALS Association.

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World News

Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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The U.K. Jihadists Who Murdered Foley

The U.K. Jihadists Who Murdered Foley

American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State,...

Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions.

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The James Foley I Knew in the War Zone

The James Foley I Knew in the War Zone

I have not steeled myself yet to click and watch the video posted by jihadists Wednesday of the final minutes in the life of American journalist James Foley. I am not sure I ever will.I try to avoid watching, to the extent I can, the online produc...

The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

In a year of bad news for LGBT people across the global south and east, it’s been a good couple of weeks. A court struck down Uganda’s anti-gay law, and the country’s president has backed away from it. Kenya’s parliament rejected a draconian anti-...

The conviction The Hatchet, infamous for filming the torture of gays, is good news. But the violence won’t end until homophobia stops being legal in Russia.

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Crimea: A Vacation From Hell

Crimea: A Vacation From Hell

KERCH, Crimea — After Russian President Vladimir Putin wrested the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine this year, declared it part of Russia (again), and called on true patriots to vacation on its beaches this summer, he waxed a little apologetic about...

Vladimir Putin snatched Crimea from Ukraine as a strategic, patriotic, and touristic prize. You can scratch that last one off the list.

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Will There Soon Be Three Living Popes?

Will There Soon Be Three Living Popes?

ROME, Italy — On the papal plane returning to Rome from an official state visit to South Korea—just hours before learning that his nephew in Argentina was involved in a fatal car accident that killed his wife and two young sons, ages two years and...

Pope Francis said he would definitely consider stepping down, saying his predecessor has opened the door to retiring.

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Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

In a year of bad news for LGBT people across the global south and east, it’s been a good couple of weeks. A court struck down Uganda’s anti-gay law, and the country’s president has backed away from it. Kenya’s parliament rejected a draconian anti-...

The conviction The Hatchet, infamous for filming the torture of gays, is good news. But the violence won’t end until homophobia stops being legal in Russia.

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U.S. News

My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy

My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy

My 4-year-old is starting soccer in the fall. Now, I don’t care how good he is at the sport. Win or lose, that kid’s coming home with a trophy.This idea that we should reward children for merely trying their best? The majority of people are over i...

Of course children shouldn’t always get a prize for participating. But despite a new poll showing a majority think ‘only winners’ should be rewarded, the ‘good job’ medal isn’t all bad.

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The War on Drugs Is Making Thugs

The War on Drugs Is Making Thugs

On Ferguson, the respectable person isn’t supposed to say it, or even think it: that there’s something wrong with the fact that black people start burning things down when one white cop kills one black guy, but seem to think of it as business as u...

Why do blacks vent when a white cop shoots a kid but say little about daily black-on-black murder? Black outrage is selective—but rational.

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War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

Photos of the aftermath of the August 8 attack on Christy Mack are gruesome. The 23-year-old, best known for her tattoos, love of snakes and burgeoning career in the porn industry, is shown bruised and bloody in a hospital bed with both eyes swoll...

Four years before the brutal attack on Christy Mack, the MMA fighter was serving a year in prison and wrote a blog of jailhouse musings—on women, race, and the oppression of men.

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My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy

My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy

My 4-year-old is starting soccer in the fall. Now, I don’t care how good he is at the sport. Win or lose, that kid’s coming home with a trophy.This idea that we should reward children for merely trying their best? The majority of people are over i...

Of course children shouldn’t always get a prize for participating. But despite a new poll showing a majority think ‘only winners’ should be rewarded, the ‘good job’ medal isn’t all bad.

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Ferguson's New Victims: Asian Businesses

Ferguson's New Victims: Asian Businesses

It happened during the L.A. riots, when anger over the police beating of Rodney King spilled into Koreatown. It happened fictionally in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, when an Asian-American business owner was forced to defend his store from riote...

Asian-American-owned businesses in the St. Louis suburb are a mess after days of looting in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing. And one lawyer says the authorities let it happen.

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Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown

Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown

NORTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Michael Brown died, ostensibly, because police considered him a suspect in the theft of a $50 box of cigars. On Tuesday, a 23-year-old man apparently died for much the same reason, again at the hands of police.The unnamed ma...

Police killed a young black man Tuesday who allegedly stole from a convenience store just three miles away from where last week's infamous incident occured.

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Tech + Health

How To Tell If a Study Is B.S.

How To Tell If a Study Is B.S.

“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear,” wrote Edgar Allan Poe. (Or maybe Benjamin Franklin.) Somewhere in between is how you should approach new medical research.Truth be told, most of the medical studies you read about are ...

New studies are published every day claiming breakthroughs. But most of them are full of bad science. Here’s what to look out for.

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Let’s Talk About Silicon Valley Racism

Let’s Talk About Silicon Valley Racism

In a culture that maintains its belief in the individualism of the American entrepreneurial spirit, we tend to turn Silicon Valley tech founders into heroes and public figures. When Steve Jobs passed away, shrines were built for him around the wor...

America’s fastest growing financial and political powerbase is totally dominated by white men; this is not progress.

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‘Real Housewives’ Makes You Violent

‘Real Housewives’ Makes You Violent

It’s no longer just your mom who thinks trashy TV is bad for you: a new study has found that reality shows make viewers more aggressive.Research into the effects of “harmless entertainment” was undertaken by psychologists at Central Michigan Unive...

Move over crime dramas—turns out, reality TV makes viewers more aggressive and violent after watching.

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When Patients Rise From the Dead

When Patients Rise From the Dead

That afternoon, on 7-North, the cardiac ward, I quickly saw three CCU outliers, patients who had been stabilized and no longer required intensive monitoring. When I sat down to write my notes, it was almost 3:30 p.m. How limited our interactions w...

In the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.

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Let’s Talk About Silicon Valley Racism

Let’s Talk About Silicon Valley Racism

In a culture that maintains its belief in the individualism of the American entrepreneurial spirit, we tend to turn Silicon Valley tech founders into heroes and public figures. When Steve Jobs passed away, shrines were built for him around the wor...

America’s fastest growing financial and political powerbase is totally dominated by white men; this is not progress.

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Jackass Tips For #IceBucketChallenge

Jackass Tips For #IceBucketChallenge

Its origin may be nebulous, but its impact is colossal. Since permeating social media this month, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has boosted the ALS Association’s fundraising nearly twenty-fold when compared to money raised in August of last year. But...

Is the viral fundraising effort vulnerable to celebrity self-promotion? Probably—but it doesn’t matter.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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Are Biosafety Labs Harmful or Helpful?

Are Biosafety Labs Harmful or Helpful?

By James Arkin at The Center for Public Integrity Since the 2001 anthrax letter attacks that killed five people and raised the specter of bioterrorism in the United States, the number of high-level biosafety labs operated by governments, universit...

The rapidly growing number of U.S. biosafety labs—those that study potentially lethal pathogens—is causing concern. Are they actually putting the public at greater risk?

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Jackass Tips For #IceBucketChallenge

Jackass Tips For #IceBucketChallenge

Its origin may be nebulous, but its impact is colossal. Since permeating social media this month, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has boosted the ALS Association’s fundraising nearly twenty-fold when compared to money raised in August of last year. But...

Is the viral fundraising effort vulnerable to celebrity self-promotion? Probably—but it doesn’t matter.

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BeastStyle

Joanna Coles, Queen of Cosmo

Joanna Coles, Queen of Cosmo

Joanna Coles is busily tweaking Cosmopolitan, the planet’s best-read women’s magazine and the Hearst Corp.’s most profitable monthly, by sprinkling ever larger chunks of substance and topicality into the glossy permafroth of relationship coaching,...

The British editor of Cosmopolitan says she loves talking about (and having) sex. The key to women succeeding in business? Playing golf, apparently.

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Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

It’s 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve got a hankering for Paris. With a quick click of an app, I find that I can take off on my own private jet at noon the very next day with seven guests of my choosing for as low as $70,000. No, wait, r...

First class is about to go the way of peanuts. A new app helps rich fliers charter their own jets to almost anywhere on extremely short notice. And next it’s targeting those in coach.

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The Ukrainian Face Collector

The Ukrainian Face Collector

In the centuries before photographs and videos could preserve each wrinkle, the exact angle of a nose, and the curve of a smile, a molded cast was used to capture the final likeness of the deceased for posterity. This so-called death mask was hung...

Before the photo, there was the death mask. From Ataturk to Lenin, a collector in Ukraine’s capital has amassed one of the world’s largest collections—and it’s going on view this week.

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Inside the Yezidis’ Last Refuge

Inside the Yezidis’ Last Refuge

It was a religion I had never heard of before 2007. During visits to Kurdistan in the north of Iraq that year, I met members of the religious sect the Yezidis (sometimes spelled Yazidis). Never having heard of the religion before, there was nothin...

On a visit to the Yazidi Temple Complex in Lalish, Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, a colorful, happy day of worship unfolds, for a group whose faith and way of life is grievously threat...

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Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

It’s 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve got a hankering for Paris. With a quick click of an app, I find that I can take off on my own private jet at noon the very next day with seven guests of my choosing for as low as $70,000. No, wait, r...

First class is about to go the way of peanuts. A new app helps rich fliers charter their own jets to almost anywhere on extremely short notice. And next it’s targeting those in coach.

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Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

In our over-scheduled world, the last thing we think of planning in advance are our massages and facials. A new app helps NYC fashionistas make sure their toes never go unpolished.

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Breaking Polo’s Grass Ceiling

Breaking Polo’s Grass Ceiling

When the average person thinks of women in the world of polo, they are likely to envision celebrities and socialites clad in designer sundresses and chic hats observing the action; of Kate Middleton cheering her husband Prince William on.They are ...

For years, polo was the preserve of men—one leading female player even dressed as a man to participate. No longer. We meet the women saddling up and playing to win.

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Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Prepare for the latest head-scratcher from that strange genre known as “performance art.” In “Save the Date,” the German-based artist Mischa Badasyan aims to explore the connection between sex and loneliness using popular gay “hook-up” apps, such ...

The artist Mischa Badasyan is planning to have sex with one guy a day for a year to highlight how lonely apps like Grindr and Scruff make him feel. But is his analysis too simplistic?

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Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

In our over-scheduled world, the last thing we think of planning in advance are our massages and facials. A new app helps NYC fashionistas make sure their toes never go unpolished.

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Women

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ourselves it was a great idea. Our confidence bubbled up partly because our readers share an important bond that links them to each other and us: We’ve all lost our mothers, and many of us have lost our fathers, too. It also...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances v...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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500 Days and Counting

500 Days and Counting

As of earlier this week, only 500 days remain before the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire.  This final phase of a 15-year campaign, which aimed to achieve eight key targets ranging from gender equality to ending extreme poverty, gives us...

The millennium development goals expire in 500 days. Equality Now asks what still needs be achieved when it comes to gender equality.

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Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an an...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances v...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Books

The Dark Secret Doctors Hide From You

The Dark Secret Doctors Hide From You

Doctors are much weirder than anyone realizes. We are people who, despite ourselves, find ourselves drawn to the sick, the dying, the permanently bruised. It surely is perverse. It surely edges into a morally indefensible territory. It surely howe...

A new book about a doctor’s first year as a medical examiner reveals all sorts of grisly detail, but none so alarming as a trade secret the rest of us are perhaps better off not know...

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  • When Patients Rise From the Dead

    When Patients Rise From the Dead

    That afternoon, on 7-North, the cardiac ward, I quickly saw three CCU outliers, patients who had been stabilized and no longer required intensive monitoring. When I sat down to write my notes, it was almost 3:30 p.m. How limited our interactions w...

    In the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.

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Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances v...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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How Religion Turned Texas Red

How Religion Turned Texas Red

Everything is bigger in Texas—and that includes its complicated history of religion, politics, and race.That complicated history has been met by a commensurately large tome from Princeton social scientist Robert Wuthnow in the exhaustive Rough Cou...

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.

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Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over. Especially after the invitations came pouring in from readers who invited me to their monthly book club discussions, ...

Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way.

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Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

Comic book fans with deep pockets are shelling out for a first edition Superman on eBay. The mint 1938 copy of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman and Lois Lane appear for the first time ever. The bidding opened on August 14 for $1 million a...

Could beat Nicolas Cage's record.

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Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over. Especially after the invitations came pouring in from readers who invited me to their monthly book club discussions, ...

Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way.

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