Politics

Be the Smarter Bro, Jeb: Don’t Run!

Be the Smarter Bro, Jeb: Don’t Run!

So Jeb is running. Or is he? And he’s really formidable! Or… is he?I can’t remember in my adult lifetime a presidential candidate quite like Jeb Bush. Every presidential election we have our A-list candidates, your Clintons and your Romneys and yo...

Why the former Florida governor would be smarter to sit out 2016.

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Texas Rep. Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Texas Rep. Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The owner of www.blowme.org is facing a lawsuit for sexual harassment. What it makes it really awkward is that he’s a Member of Congress.Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican congressman from Texas just elected to his third term in Washington DC, is...

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was sued last week for making a number of sexual comments about and creating an awkward work for a former female staffer.

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How A Jeb Candidacy Would Hurt Christie

How A Jeb Candidacy Would Hurt Christie

Among the people who have declared their candidacy for president, or the intention to do so one day soon, are Vermin Supreme, whose platform includes a plank to give every American a pony; a 9/11 truther; the Florida pastor who rose to fame promis...

With Jeb Bush’s tease that he might be set to enter the 2016 presidential fray, the other Republican hopefuls should be afraid—very afraid.

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Be the Smarter Bro, Jeb: Don’t Run!

Be the Smarter Bro, Jeb: Don’t Run!

So Jeb is running. Or is he? And he’s really formidable! Or… is he?I can’t remember in my adult lifetime a presidential candidate quite like Jeb Bush. Every presidential election we have our A-list candidates, your Clintons and your Romneys and yo...

Why the former Florida governor would be smarter to sit out 2016.

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Mom Scolds Pundit Sons on C-SPAN

Mom Scolds Pundit Sons on C-SPAN

A live segment on C-SPAN's Washington Journal turned into a time-out for Brad and Dallas Woodhouse, brothers who fall on the opposite ends of the political spectrum, when their mother called in to air some family grievances.“Oh God, it’s Mom,...

Joy Woodhouse calls in to tell her bickering boys Brad and Dallas to “get this out of your system” before Christmas.

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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

The first time I heard the phrase “men’s rights movement,” I think I rolled my eyes. And I probably rolled them pretty hard, because come on: Men have all of the rights. They control all of the things: The U.S. Congress, corporations, banks, Holly...

The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.

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Entertainment

Tim Burton Steps Back Into Reality

Tim Burton Steps Back Into Reality

For the past decade or so, Tim Burton was a bit lost in CG land. While fanciful and flamboyant blockbusters like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland boasted impressive visuals, they seemed to lack that touch of soul and child...

The visionary filmmaker behind classics like Edward Scissorhands and Batman sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss his latest project and odd passions.

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The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

As a child, I spent my weekends marinating in catastrophe. Saturday afternoon meant a trip to the Playhouse Theater for a matinee of mayhem—Planet of the Apes, Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno.I’ve s...

Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy.

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U.S. Blessed Killing Kim Jong-Un on Film

U.S. Blessed Killing Kim Jong-Un on Film

The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictato...

Sony emails say State Department officials cleared a rough cut of ‘The Interview.’ Now hackers are threatening to bomb any theater that shows it.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

As a child, I spent my weekends marinating in catastrophe. Saturday afternoon meant a trip to the Playhouse Theater for a matinee of mayhem—Planet of the Apes, Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno.I’ve s...

Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy.

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Sony Hackers Issue 9/11 Warning

Sony Hackers Issue 9/11 Warning

Just one day after Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton convened a town-hall meeting for Sony employees in the wake of the company’s widespread data breach and proclaimed, “This won’t take us down,”  hackers released a “Christmas gift”: Lynton’s ...

The hacking group that calls itself the Guardians of Peace has released Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton’s emails and are threatening people who see ‘The Interview.’

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D’Angelo Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For

D’Angelo Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For

Depending on the level of Internet vacuum you exist in, you’re likely aware neo soul maestro D'Angelo and his backing band The Vanguard Beyoncé’d a new album, Black Messiah, at midnight on Sunday. His first in 15 years, a long-awaited and muc...

Children conceived to ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ are in high school now, getting ready to get down to D'Angelo’s music themselves.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Sony Hackers Issue 9/11 Warning

Sony Hackers Issue 9/11 Warning

Just one day after Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton convened a town-hall meeting for Sony employees in the wake of the company’s widespread data breach and proclaimed, “This won’t take us down,”  hackers released a “Christmas gift”: Lynton’s ...

The hacking group that calls itself the Guardians of Peace has released Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton’s emails and are threatening people who see ‘The Interview.’

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World News

The Pope’s Diplomatic Miracle

The Pope’s Diplomatic Miracle

Vatican City — Shortly after the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected as Pope Francis in March 2013, he reached out to American president Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro to encourage open dialogue in finding a s...

As the first Latin American Pope, Francis was the power behind the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations, the Vatican revealed today.

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Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Justice for the five men accused of conspiring to bring about the 9/11 attacks have been delayed another week by the cancelation of court proceedings—the latest road bump on a years-long process to bring the process to a ...

Fourteen long years after the bombing of the Twin Towers, the legal proceedings for the men who allegedly plotted the attack drag on. And on. And on.

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When Will Pakistan Quit Its Crazies?

When Will Pakistan Quit Its Crazies?

Today’s horrific attack in Peshawar on a military school, in which scores of children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban, should put Pakistan’s security choices over the last few decades in a stark light. And while the immediate reaction from th...

For decades, Pakistan’s generals have treated jihadi groups as assets to use against India. That policy didn’t protect their very own children.

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How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy

How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy

KAZAN, Russia—On Monday evening, shoppers at the Korston-Kazan Mall here in the capital of Tatarstan were mesmerized by news that the ruble has become just about the weakest currency in the world. At currency auctions, it traded at around 64.45 ru...

The crunch is coming for people on the street, and the Kremlin doesn’t have any good answers for them.

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Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Justice for the five men accused of conspiring to bring about the 9/11 attacks have been delayed another week by the cancelation of court proceedings—the latest road bump on a years-long process to bring the process to a ...

Fourteen long years after the bombing of the Twin Towers, the legal proceedings for the men who allegedly plotted the attack drag on. And on. And on.

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Kim Jong-Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off

Kim Jong-Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off

Today, the hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace promised further attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment. They mentioned a “Christmas gift,” which could mean additional disclosures on Dec. 25 of information stolen from Sony—or somethi...

The mourning period for his late father ended today. If this Dear Leader is definitively tied to the Sony hack, we may be at the beginning of an even more dangerous new era.

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The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

As a child, I spent my weekends marinating in catastrophe. Saturday afternoon meant a trip to the Playhouse Theater for a matinee of mayhem—Planet of the Apes, Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno.I’ve s...

Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy.

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Putin Can’t Bully or Bomb a Recession

Putin Can’t Bully or Bomb a Recession

Vladimir Putin has finally encountered two foes he can’t bully or bomb: the global currency and capital markets.In a humiliating turn of events, the ruble has lost about half its value against the dollar so far this year. In Tuesday trading alone,...

Sanctions and rising oil prices have collapsed Russia’s currency, and there’s not a damn thing he can do about it. In fact, it’s going to get worse.

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Kim Jong-Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off

Kim Jong-Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off

Today, the hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace promised further attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment. They mentioned a “Christmas gift,” which could mean additional disclosures on Dec. 25 of information stolen from Sony—or somethi...

The mourning period for his late father ended today. If this Dear Leader is definitively tied to the Sony hack, we may be at the beginning of an even more dangerous new era.

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U.S. News

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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Vet Who Slayed Ex-Wife, Family Is Dead

Vet Who Slayed Ex-Wife, Family Is Dead

PENNSBURG, Pennsylvania — The ex-Marine who went missing after terrorizing multiple Pennsylvania communities by diabolically scratching off a hit list which included his ex-wife and five of her kin—has been discovered dead in the woods just yards...

A two-day manhunt throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania to reel in a retired Marine is over.

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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Open-Carry Militia Mom ‘Murders’ Family

Open-Carry Militia Mom ‘Murders’ Family

“Sometimes removing some people out of your life makes room for better people.” That innocuous inspirational quote, posted to the personal Facebook page of Veronica Dunnachie, 35, now appears to be a cryptic warning of things to come.Dunnachie was...

A Texas woman who allegedly shot and killed her ex-husband and stepdaughter was an enthusiastic member of the 3%ers Texas militia movement.

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Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru

Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru

For black women and their hair, sometimes things can get complicated. Titi Branch, along with her sister Miko, taught countless women that didn’t have to be.At 45, Branch had helped create a successful salon in New York City with her sister—and a ...

Titi Branch, cofounder of the wildly successful haircare line Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair Products, was an inspiration to black businesswomen and the beauty industry.

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Tech + Health

The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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2014 Made Us Want to Shut Off the Web

2014 Made Us Want to Shut Off the Web

The Internet is like booze—a little bit gives you a pleasant buzz. Too much, though, and you’ll want to barf. And 2014’s Internet, a lot of times, had us running for the toilet. From creeps and trolls to hoaxes and hackers, these are the things th...

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Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Water, water everywhere, but where did it come from? One common explanation is that the water in Earth’s oceans was brought by comets, which bombarded the planet during its earliest period. It’s a simple, logical, and testable story.But that doesn...

A new study complicates the long-held idea that comets created Earth’s oceans.

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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Marijuana legalization activists and drug policy makers were shocked with a Los Angeles Times story Thursday exposing a directive that the U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing or selling pot on their lands. But the memorandum, which has t...

In a strange move, the Justice Department issued a memo allowing Native Americans to grow marijuana on their lands. But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.

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Running Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

Running Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Running has plenty of benefits: It revs your metabolism, helps you build stamina and offers a solid excuse to spend money on killer sneaks. But this new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease might ...

A new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease might offer the best reason yet to lace up your shoes and grind out some serious miles.

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Fraternities in a Post-UVA World

Fraternities in a Post-UVA World

“Ban fraternities.” These two words emerged as a popular rallying cry early this year and they have only gotten louder as stories of sexual assault on U.S. college campuses continue to dominate headlines. But after Rolling Stone's rape story ...

Whether Rolling Stone’s article is factual or not, fraternities have two choices: Keep the status quo, or usher in a new era of proactiveness in the face of sexual assault.

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Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Marijuana legalization activists and drug policy makers were shocked with a Los Angeles Times story Thursday exposing a directive that the U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing or selling pot on their lands. But the memorandum, which has t...

In a strange move, the Justice Department issued a memo allowing Native Americans to grow marijuana on their lands. But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect 100 Gift, $100The Merchants of Beverage mission is to perfectly outfit every tippler’s home bar. With this gift package, you can help save your friends from bar embarrassment (and ensure your own highfalutin drinking during your next v...

For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.

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The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

This year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded grants to fund a musical production about the life of Marilyn Monroe, a new staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd—and an opera based on the My Lai massacre of 1968.The horrific episod...

One of the most horrific episodes of the Vietnam War is being made into a government-funded opera. Expect intensity, though not explicit gore.

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I’m a Digital Hoarder

I’m a Digital Hoarder

My parents are building a mausoleum for themselves in my childhood home.They are both complicit in this, though my mother is the more egregious offender. A classic hoarder, she has commandeered full rooms to house her extensive collections of Chri...

Hoarding has always conjured nightmare scenarios of impassible rooms filled to the brim. But in the Digital Age, we're at risk of a new type of hoarding that is equally problemat...

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I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

I stared at Shelsky’s sweet potato and celeriac pancake with a hunger that was literally insatiable. Ironically, I was forbidden from ever actually tasting this latke, a delectable hallmark of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, because of my observan...

Chanukah has begun which means one thing: lots of latkes. Unless you’re a kosher Jew at a Latke Festival, that is. Since when was the traditional version thrown out for one made of h...

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The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

This year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded grants to fund a musical production about the life of Marilyn Monroe, a new staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd—and an opera based on the My Lai massacre of 1968.The horrific episod...

One of the most horrific episodes of the Vietnam War is being made into a government-funded opera. Expect intensity, though not explicit gore.

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The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger

The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger

When Rizzoli bookshop closed this past year on 57th Street, many people lamented its loss. It was the last really elegant shop of its kind left in Manhattan. But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness. After all it wa...

The Rizzoli in New York City was no ordinary bookstore in its ’70s heyday. Celebrities flocked to this glamorous and buzzy temple of literature and culture.

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Beaten By His Church for Being Gay

Beaten By His Church for Being Gay

“I didn’t think I was going to come out alive.”This is how 21-year-old Matthew Fenner described to the Daily Beast a torturous two-hour “deliverance” spearheaded by members of his former North Carolina church—The Word of Faith Fellowship. They wan...

Matthew Fenner claims members of the North Carolina-based The Word of Faith Fellowship subjected him to a brutal attack. Now the case is going to court.

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Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru

Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru

For black women and their hair, sometimes things can get complicated. Titi Branch, along with her sister Miko, taught countless women that didn’t have to be.At 45, Branch had helped create a successful salon in New York City with her sister—and a ...

Titi Branch, cofounder of the wildly successful haircare line Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair Products, was an inspiration to black businesswomen and the beauty industry.

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The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger

The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger

When Rizzoli bookshop closed this past year on 57th Street, many people lamented its loss. It was the last really elegant shop of its kind left in Manhattan. But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness. After all it wa...

The Rizzoli in New York City was no ordinary bookstore in its ’70s heyday. Celebrities flocked to this glamorous and buzzy temple of literature and culture.

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Women in the World

The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less than half of the more than 100 entities that are currently challenging the mandatory coverage of birth control, have also won the right to stop paying for their employees’ birth control. Twenty-five more for-profits are...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—On days when self-described 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the war court, he is removed from his cell at the detention facility here and moved swiftly into an area designated Area of Operati...

The accused mass murderer has a rather, um, unusual life in captivity—from the body scanners to the anti-sniper netting to the demands that female guards stay far, far away.

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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

The first time I heard the phrase “men’s rights movement,” I think I rolled my eyes. And I probably rolled them pretty hard, because come on: Men have all of the rights. They control all of the things: The U.S. Congress, corporations, banks, Holly...

The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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Books

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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  • The Many Faces of Chuck Close

    The Many Faces of Chuck Close

    In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

    In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

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Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Among the many inexplicably poor choices made by the producers of Exodus: Gods and Kings—a release date months from Passover, a subtitle that will surely discomfort some monotheists in the potential audience, a Red Sea crossing that, unadorned by ...

The Biblical Moses is interesting because he’s timid and not a natural leader. The Moses in ‘Exodus,’ now slaying Egyptians in a multiplex near you, has no such problems.

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Norman Mailer: Secret Teddy Bear

Norman Mailer: Secret Teddy Bear

“You have to be slightly innocent to be a novelist,” Martin Amis has observed. The remark comes to mind while reading The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. Of course, innocence is not a word usually associated with Mailer, a writer often caricatu...

Norman Mailer was known for his toughness and temper, and his letters have plenty of that, but they also show his kindness and generosity with other writers.

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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Peter Finn & Petra Couveé (PantheonThe biggest fans of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel, it turns out, were to be found at CIA headquarters in Langley. Finn and Cou...

The CIA’s love affair with Dr. Zhivago, a female Thoreau’s fight to save sea turtles, the Parthenon’s secrets, and a history of the office—it was a good year for truth.

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Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Among the many inexplicably poor choices made by the producers of Exodus: Gods and Kings—a release date months from Passover, a subtitle that will surely discomfort some monotheists in the potential audience, a Red Sea crossing that, unadorned by ...

The Biblical Moses is interesting because he’s timid and not a natural leader. The Moses in ‘Exodus,’ now slaying Egyptians in a multiplex near you, has no such problems.

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The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?In the fall of 1787, the art establishment—and by extension Paris—found itself shaken by a self-portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile ...

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

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Owning Up to Possession’s Downside

Owning Up to Possession’s Downside

The Japanese have different words for love. To them, it’s plain weird that we love spaghetti and love our children and love our lovers, all with the same word, when surely the thing being described as love is radically different in each case.By th...

We say ‘my shoe’ and ‘my lover,’ but the sense of possession isn’t at all the same, or isn’t it, maybe a little? Oh, the heaven and hell wrought by the casual use of a pronoun.

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Gangsters and Grifters of Chicago

Gangsters and Grifters of Chicago

A new photobook from the Chicago Tribune gives readers a look at never before seen photos of Chicago's famous underworld.

A new photobook from the Chicago Tribune gives readers a look at never before seen photos of Chicago's famous underworld.

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The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?In the fall of 1787, the art establishment—and by extension Paris—found itself shaken by a self-portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile ...

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

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