Politics

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton attends a presentation of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

In the last few days, I’ve heard from a couple of relatives who have, or know of friends who have, come down with a case of Hillary Anxiety. Having covered Clinton’s 2000 Senate race closely and spoken at the time with many New York women among wh...

You don’t have to say you love her, because the election isn’t even directly about her. It’s about finally undoing the Reagan revolution.

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David Wildstein, former director of Interstate Capital Projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, listens during a hearing at the State Assembly in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Wildstein, the appointee of Governor Chris Christie at the center of a controversy over lane closures in Fort Lee, invoked his right to remain silent at a legislative hearing. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bridgegate’s Key Player Pleads Guilty

Bridgegate’s Key Player Pleads Guilty

David Wildstein pleaded guilty Friday for his role in Bridgegate, the scandal involving massive traffic jams caused by the unexplained closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. If Wildstein, as a top-tier executive...

So who is he and what does that mean for Chris Christie?

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Etymology of the word 'thug'

The Etymology of ‘Thug’

The Etymology of ‘Thug’

As rioters in Baltimore took to the streets this week, countless media organizations casually referred to the predominantly black protesters as “thugs.” Then, to the surprise of many reporters and anchors, black interviewees disputed this characte...

For most of history, the word didn’t have a racial connotation. But now it most definitely does. So just. don’t. use it.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton attends a presentation of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

In the last few days, I’ve heard from a couple of relatives who have, or know of friends who have, come down with a case of Hillary Anxiety. Having covered Clinton’s 2000 Senate race closely and spoken at the time with many New York women among wh...

You don’t have to say you love her, because the election isn’t even directly about her. It’s about finally undoing the Reagan revolution.

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Why it's hard for politicans to appear 'natural'

Let Candidates Be Weird and Phony

Let Candidates Be Weird and Phony

Running for president frequently involves the unnatural pursuit of the natural. It’s like trying to choose a spouse through the Miss America Pageant or The Bachelor. How do you begin to get a sense of what someone is really like through an oddly r...

Nobody is buying the transparently inauthentic “authenticity” the Hillary Clintons of the world keep selling. So why even bother with this very strange ritual of staged chats and pho...

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College Students Are Human Veal

College Students Are Human Veal

Every time we seem to have reached peak insanity when it comes to the intellectually constipated and socially stultifying atmosphere on today’s college campuses, some new story manages to reveal vast new and untapped reservoirs of ridiculousness. ...

Abetted by idiot administrators, today’s students seem incapable of living in the real world.

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Entertainment

Racing fans embrace near the paddock at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2015. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will feature a field of twenty horses with the winner receiving a gold trophy and a $1.24 million payday. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Derby’s Best Pre-Race Instagrams

The Derby’s Best Pre-Race Instagrams

In case you couldn’t tell from all the people suddenly dressed like colorblind riverboat gamblers, it’s Kentucky Derby time. Unironically hailed as “the greatest two minutes in sports,” the 141-year-old horse race also holds the title as longest p...

Horses, mint julips and hats. It’s time for the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.’

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Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland has fought with drugs. He’s also fought with his fellow members of both the 90s grunge-adjacent Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, the toothless superband he formed with discarded Guns ‘n Roses personnel.Now, he’s fighting with...

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman ruins “Vasoline” at show with newest band.

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EN8NKX Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 28th April, 2015. A sign at the MGM Grand advertises about the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on April 28 2015 in Las Vegas , the fight scheduled to May 2 2015 © Yaacov Dagan/Alamy Live News

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

I’ve long savored a definition of the sentimentalist from James Joyce’s Ulysses, but I've only recently come to see how it applies to sentimentalists like me who follow and chronicle professional boxing.Actually, the last part of that sentenc...

A lifelong boxing fan confronts the cost of the physical damage inflicted by the sport and decides that watching a match is a tacit endorsement of that damage.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Singer Ben E. King performs during the 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at Symphony Space on December 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

Ben E. King, a soul singer who spent a year with The Drifters, but had his greatest success with Stand By Me, which he co-wrote with the Brill Building stalwarts Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, died on Thursday. The song, covered countless times, w...

His impassioned vocals on one of the greatest songs of the last 100 years will live on forever.

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Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland has fought with drugs. He’s also fought with his fellow members of both the 90s grunge-adjacent Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, the toothless superband he formed with discarded Guns ‘n Roses personnel.Now, he’s fighting with...

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman ruins “Vasoline” at show with newest band.

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Actress Kristen Wiig arrives at the gala for "Welcome to Me" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto September 5, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR454UT

Kristen Wiig’s Best Performance Yet

Kristen Wiig’s Best Performance Yet

In 2011, five women pooped themselves. It was supposed to change the world. The future of women in comedy rested on the shoulders of these women who were so brash and entertaining in the blockbuster Bridesmaids. And the Patron Saint of Equal-Oppor...

She could’ve been the female Will Ferrell. Instead, she capitalized on 'Bridesmaids' to carve out an unexpected career, leading to her best turn yet in ‘Welcome to Me.’

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Meet the Next Generation of Terrorists

Meet the Next Generation of Terrorists

Among the Believers, a chilling new documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, opens on a terribly cute 5-year-old boy. His father has just abandoned his mother, leaving him alone in the world, so he’s turned to Abdul Aziz Ghazi, kno...

The documentary Among the Believers provides an eye-opening behind the scenes portrait of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, which trains young children for jihad.

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New Orleans Jazz fest

How the Rich Stole Jazz Music

How the Rich Stole Jazz Music

Fats Domino has dementia now, but he’s still beloved here in his hometown, where the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival concludes this weekend with a special tribute to the 87-year-old rock and roll giant. “Listen,” begins the Jazz...

You can still find the cream of New Orleans music at the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, but critics say high ticket prices keep most of the city’s own residents from attending.

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Actress Kristen Wiig arrives at the gala for "Welcome to Me" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto September 5, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR454UT

Kristen Wiig’s Best Performance Yet

Kristen Wiig’s Best Performance Yet

In 2011, five women pooped themselves. It was supposed to change the world. The future of women in comedy rested on the shoulders of these women who were so brash and entertaining in the blockbuster Bridesmaids. And the Patron Saint of Equal-Oppor...

She could’ve been the female Will Ferrell. Instead, she capitalized on 'Bridesmaids' to carve out an unexpected career, leading to her best turn yet in ‘Welcome to Me.’

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World News

Members of the 2nd Iraqi police regiment celebrate their return to the southern Iraqi city of Basra on April 14, 2015 after fighting alongside government forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in Samarra and Tikrit.   AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tikrit: The Ghostown Ruled By Gunmen

Tikrit: The Ghostown Ruled By Gunmen

By Mustafa HabibTIKRIT, Iraq—It’s been a month since the fighters from the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, were expelled from Tikrit. We went there and found a graffiti-covered ghost town ruled by opposing groups of gunmen, none of whom trust on...

The extremists were forced out, but the people have not come back. Now Shia militias, government soldiers have carved up the city.

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Spanish matador David Galvan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at The Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain April 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1A6CD

The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

From the aftermath of Baltimore’s unrest to an amazing rescue from Nepal’s tragic earthquake, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

From the aftermath of Baltimore’s unrest to an amazing rescue from Nepal’s tragic earthquake, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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ODESSA, UKRAINE - MAY 01: A child stands outside the Trade Union building in Odessa, where wreaths and flowers have been placed on May 01, 2015 in Odessa, Ukraine. Forty-two pro-Russian activists died when the building was set on fire during clashes on May 2, 2014. Although life in the port city of Odessa is continuing as normal, residents are worried that a pro-Russian uprising could erupt imminently. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

Ukraine's Astroturf Revolution

Ukraine's Astroturf Revolution

On Friday, about 4,000 policemen, rapid reaction forces, and other Ukrainian law enforcement units marched and drove armored vehicles on Kulikovo Pole in the center of Odessa. Police officials explained that the parade was especially gaining the a...

On the one-year anniversary of the day pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian advocates clashed on the fiery streets of Odessa, terror attacks and “fake People’s Republics” are still worrying...

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The Queer Fightback Begins As Gay London Is Wiped Out

Gay London Is Being Wiped Out

Gay London Is Being Wiped Out

LONDON — Gay London faces total annihilation. The shock closure of legendary London queer bar the Black Cap last week has stunned the city’s queer community. Another jewel has fallen from a once glittering tiara.In the last five years more than a ...

London’s once great gay scene is being shut down by gentrification and rampant rent hikes that threaten to destroy the city’s queer community.

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Spanish matador David Galvan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at The Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain April 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1A6CD

The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

From the aftermath of Baltimore’s unrest to an amazing rescue from Nepal’s tragic earthquake, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

From the aftermath of Baltimore’s unrest to an amazing rescue from Nepal’s tragic earthquake, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

A 10-year-old pregnant with her stepfather’s child will not be allowed to get an abortion because the government of Paraguay doesn’t believe that her life in immediate danger.On April 23, the unnamed girl was reportedly checked into the hospital b...

The girl is pregnant after being raped by her stepfather but the government of Paraguay has refused to grant her an abortion, stating that her life is not in danger. Activists are ar...

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A riot policeman fires a teargas cannister at protesters demonstrating against the ruling CNDD-FDD party's decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in Bujumbura, Burundi April 28, 2015. Burundi's government told diplomats on Tuesday to stay neutral and not side with protesters who accuse President Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by announcing he will seek a third term in office.

Burundi Fears The Return Of Bloody Past

Burundi Fears The Return Of Bloody Past

In Burundi, which most Americans think of as an exotic source of high-end coffee, the announcement from its president that he would seek a third term in violation of the constitution risks undoing a hard-won peace and recovery following the bloody...

Hutu militiamen are in Burundi and the president speaks of political opponents lying ‘face down’ on the ground. Is Rwanda’s neighbor facing slipping back into ethnic conflict?

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A Climber's View Of The Everest Earthquake

Should We Rescue The Everest Climbers?

Should We Rescue The Everest Climbers?

One week on from Nepal’s massive earthquake, the situation remains grim: the thousands dead or injured; the homeless children, numbering in the millions, all in need. The quake couldn’t have come at a worse time, we’re told—as the seasons are chan...

Should Nepal’s few rescue helicopters be used to help its poor citizens—or wealthy adventurers who knowingly sought out a deadly mountain?

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Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

A 10-year-old pregnant with her stepfather’s child will not be allowed to get an abortion because the government of Paraguay doesn’t believe that her life in immediate danger.On April 23, the unnamed girl was reportedly checked into the hospital b...

The girl is pregnant after being raped by her stepfather but the government of Paraguay has refused to grant her an abortion, stating that her life is not in danger. Activists are ar...

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U.S. News

Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  Baltimore residents celebrate at the corner of West North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray while police in riot gear stand guard on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City state's attorney, ruled the death of Freddie Gray a homicide and that criminal charges will be filed. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Cops Almost Saved Freddie Grey

Cops Almost Saved Freddie Grey

On what was supposed to have been Maryland’s Fallen Heroes Day, six Baltimore police officers stood as prisoners in the same booking facility where Freddie Gray was being transported to when he pleaded for medical assistance.The most serious charg...

As the Maryland State Attorney read a statement of probable cause, it was clear everything following Freddie Gray’s death could have been prevented.

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 The lynching of Leo Frank, who was accused of raping Mary Phagan, an employee of his Georgia pencil factory, and convicted on very little evidence in a decision that many belief was motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead of waiting for the courts to carry out Frank's death sentence, an angry mob stole Leo Frank out of prison and lynched him in the woods.

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

When I was a young boy I remember watching my grandfather, Nathan Belth, write at the dining room table of his Upper West Side apartment. He spread out research materials over the big surface and wrote in longhand on yellow legal pads. He was not ...

The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when a mob caught up with him.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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From Riots To Block Party After Charges

From Riots To Block Party After Charges

BALTIMORE—Over the past week, Baltimore has suffered riots, looting, tense protests, destruction, and a state of emergency. On Friday evening, it seemed as if Charm City was ready to party.In a press conference, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn ...

Charm City was giddy with a sense of justice after charges for the six cops involved in Freddie Gray’s death. But it’s too early to celebrate.

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Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City Attorney, speaks in a February 2015 file image. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

The Prosecutor Who Could Save Baltimore

The Prosecutor Who Could Save Baltimore

Editor's Note: This story has been updated.The Freddie Gray case now goes from the Baltimore police to the city’s 35-year-old state’s attorney who decided Friday to criminally charge several police officers involved in Gray's arrest.Balt...

Marilyn Mosby, who is black and from a family of cops, has charged several police officers in the case of Freddie Gray's arrest and death.

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Tech + Health

Business of Recovery

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Until a few years ago, Greg Horvath was making around $30,000 a month as an interventionist, confronting people with drug and alcohol problems and persuading them to go to high-priced rehabs. But as he was becoming wealthier, he says, the people h...

A new documentary by a former rehab insider shines a skeptical light on the tony business of high-priced addiction centers.

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Rubella is gone - why it's a BFD

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

A few days ago, I learned that part of my medical education has been rendered essentially obsolete, and I couldn’t be happier about it.In a joint statement issued on April 29, the Pan American Health Organization and its parent agency the World He...

Rubella, which causes terrible birth defects in unborn infants, has finally been eradicated from the Americas. Let’s hope it’s gone for good.

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Messenger crashes into Mercury - what can we learn from space probes?

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

Pour one out for MESSENGER space probe. Today, at around 3:30 PM EST, MESSENGER crashed into the planet Mercury, no doubt shouting “SCIENCE!” as it went. That final crash marks the end of an amazingly successful scientific mission, extended to fou...

At 3:30 PM EST, the little space probe that could completed its final mission. But do not weep because MESSENGER died as it lived—bringing us a greater understanding of mysterious Me...

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists in Switzerland are using ghosts to battle the effects of some mental disorders. Okay, not Patrick-Swayze-and-the-pottery-wheel ghosts, or even throw-a-sheet-over-me-and-call-me-spooky ghosts like Casper, but instead the sort of ghostly ...

New technology creates digital ghosts to help the psychotic.

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Making Art Out of Sexual Trauma

Making Art Out of Sexual Trauma

Nirbhaya, the new play based on the atrocious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in Delhi, is composed of the stories of sexual violence from five women, who were unified by the news of Singh’s attack. Better known around the world by her ps...

A powerful new play on the 2012 gang rape and murder of an Indian student showcases actresses who have survived sexual violence in their own lives.

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The Cure for Brain Disease In Your Gut

The Cure for Brain Disease in Your Gut

The Cure for Brain Disease in Your Gut

Why are we making such little progress in our attempts to uncover the causes of various forms of brain degeneration? These days we frequently hear about breakthroughs in our understanding of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthr...

Researchers are just now starting to link inflammation in your gut with some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases we have.

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Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists in Switzerland are using ghosts to battle the effects of some mental disorders. Okay, not Patrick-Swayze-and-the-pottery-wheel ghosts, or even throw-a-sheet-over-me-and-call-me-spooky ghosts like Casper, but instead the sort of ghostly ...

New technology creates digital ghosts to help the psychotic.

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BeastStyle

1968:  Full-length image of American art collector Peggy Guggenheim (1898 - 1979) standing in front of a Picasso painting 'On The Beach' at the Peggy Guggenheim museum, Venice, Italy. She wears a light blue cape and a floral dress.  (Photo by Tony Vaccaro/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Art of Being Peggy Guggenheim

The Art of Being Peggy Guggenheim

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection sits on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, a somewhat unassuming one-story, white-walled palace that is filled with one of the most visited collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.Millions of ar...

Hers is one of the premier collections of modern art in the world, and Peggy Guggenheim’s private life was as passionate and colorful as her collecting.

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Bob Simon’s Earthy Farewell

Bob Simon’s Earthy Farewell

“Michael, what do you think?” 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon asked his longtime producer, Michael Gavshon, during one of their daily gossip sessions. “Should I be going for Brian Williams’s job or Jon Stewart’s?”It was February 11th—only 79 da...

From his love of dirty jokes to his deep spirituality and love for his grandson, family and friends gathered to remember the veteran CBS newsman.

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British 'Beach Body' ad fight

Britain Is Nuts to Ban ‘Beach Body’ Ads

Britain Is Nuts to Ban ‘Beach Body’ Ads

Sharpie-wielding political activists have overtaken London Underground, writing outraged slogans on posters featuring a svelte, bikini-clad model next to an innocuous question: “Are you beach body ready?”They’ve scribbled “NOT OKAY” and “Fuck Your...

Are ads featuring slim, beautiful models, promoting a “beach body” image, sexist and worthy of banning? We need to grow up.

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The next gen of FIT stars

The Future of Fashion Is in Their Hands

The Future of Fashion Is in Their Hands

Are they the world’s next great designers?On Thursday night, seniors from the Fashion Institute of Technology will present their final collections to New York’s fashion insiders and tastemakers at the school’s annual Future of Fashion show, hosted...

We ask talented seniors at New York’s F.I.T. about their inspirations, as they present their final collections to the fashion-world elite.

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Bob Simon’s Earthy Farewell

Bob Simon’s Earthy Farewell

“Michael, what do you think?” 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon asked his longtime producer, Michael Gavshon, during one of their daily gossip sessions. “Should I be going for Brian Williams’s job or Jon Stewart’s?”It was February 11th—only 79 da...

From his love of dirty jokes to his deep spirituality and love for his grandson, family and friends gathered to remember the veteran CBS newsman.

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Oxford University Sex Accuser letter

A Letter to My Sex Attacker

A Letter to My Sex Attacker

There is something profoundly disturbing about realizing you’ve read so many personal accounts of rape and sexual violence, open letters to attackers, terrifying, gut-wrenching narratives that they seem to blur together, repeating tropes and messa...

Ione Wells’s defiant letter to the man who violently attacked her places sexual assault as a crime against the community, not just the individual.

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Did My Coming Out Cause Dad’s Suicide?

Did My Coming Out Cause Dad’s Suicide?

The Alison Bechdel of real life is, and looks, pretty much like the adult “Alison Bechdel” you see on stage in playwright Lisa Kron’s extremely funny, extremely wrenching Broadway adaptation of Bechdel’s 2006 graphic novel, Fun Home.Lean, watchful...

The dark heart of ‘Fun Home’—author Alison Bechdel’s feelings of guilt over her dad’s suicide—doesn’t sound very Broadway. But this brilliant musical may sweep the Tonys.

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Model Adrianna Lima presents a creation during the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York November 13, 2013.

Victoria’s Secret? They’re No Angels

Victoria’s Secret? They’re No Angels

When Victoria’s Secret tweeted out the “MAJOR NEWS” that it was adding 10 new Angels models, you could almost hear the breathy, sultry British accent gasping at the announcement, her appropriately ample breasts heaving out of her Very Sexy Lace-Up...

The scantily clad Victoria’s Secret “Angel” models are shamelessly, fleshily objectified. But our feminist author is not put off enough to stop buying her undies there.

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Oxford University Sex Accuser letter

A Letter to My Sex Attacker

A Letter to My Sex Attacker

There is something profoundly disturbing about realizing you’ve read so many personal accounts of rape and sexual violence, open letters to attackers, terrifying, gut-wrenching narratives that they seem to blur together, repeating tropes and messa...

Ione Wells’s defiant letter to the man who violently attacked her places sexual assault as a crime against the community, not just the individual.

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Books

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

“We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side” By Amy K. Nelson, Medium’s Matter The gangs of Baltimore believe they can do a better job policing their community than the police. ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder By ...

Baltimore gangs, jilted Kickstarters and Oliver Sacks. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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  • WILLIAM FAULKNER US novelist and screenwriter here about 1955

    William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

    William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

    William Faulkner had recently begun a draft of “Dark House,” the novel that would ultimately become Absalom, Absalom!, when he arrived in New Orleans on February 15, 1934. He came to attend an air circus that was being thrown to celebrate the open...

    Alicensed pilot himself, Faulkner tackled the bizarre subculture of daredevil fliers in ‘Pylon,’ a novel permeated with the Depression’s desperate neuroticism.

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Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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 The lynching of Leo Frank, who was accused of raping Mary Phagan, an employee of his Georgia pencil factory, and convicted on very little evidence in a decision that many belief was motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead of waiting for the courts to carry out Frank's death sentence, an angry mob stole Leo Frank out of prison and lynched him in the woods.

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

When I was a young boy I remember watching my grandfather, Nathan Belth, write at the dining room table of his Upper West Side apartment. He spread out research materials over the big surface and wrote in longhand on yellow legal pads. He was not ...

The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when a mob caught up with him.

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Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

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