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October 22, 2014

For $2500 You Can Now Own Joan Didion’s Sunglasses

A Kickstarter campaign is selling all sorts of weird Didion paraphernelia. 

Why Are We Calling Our Closest Allies Against ISIS "Terrorists"?

We need the PKK for stability in the Middle East.

If This Ferguson Video Doesn't Inspire You to Vote, Nothing Will

From the Obama ad-man who brought you "Mitt Romney's America."

See 'Low Down': John Hawkes is Our Least Appreciated Master Actor

His performance is quiet and subtle—and will blow you away.

Let Chris Christie Legalize Sports Gambling. It Won't Ruin the Game.

Americans already spend about $380 billion on sports gambling per year.

The CDC's New Ebola Plan Is Better Than a Travel Ban

It's not a travel ban. It's better.

Gas Prices Have Gone Way Down. Why Aren't Republicans Thanking Obama?

Because the president has nothing to do with gas prices!

The Anti-'Klinghoffer' Protests Are the Best Thing That Could Happen to the Metropolitan Opera

The riot that accompanied the Paris premiere of the ballet The Rite of Spring gave Stravinsky’s polytonality its artistic bonafides. Censoring Ulysses certified Joyce a prophet.

BP Didn't Ruin the Gulf, Writes a Politico Contributor Paid by BP

Why pay for ads when you get them for free?

A Soldier Explains What It Was Like In the World War I Trenches

"The trenches only came up to your knees, and no protection at all; and then there was no food."

October 21, 2014

The Data Favors Democrats

It's all in the data.

The U.S. Is Still Violating the Anti-Torture Treaty It Signed 20 Years Ago

And with good reason—we've been egregiously violating our treaty on torture for years. 

Walter Benjamin Was My First Crush

"I found German writer Walter Benjamin through my middle-school history teacher ..."

The Right-Wing Echo Chamber Extends Far Beyond Fox News

Conservatives are way more locked in to one news source than liberals are.

A Reporter Got This Rare Interview With Chairman Mao in 1965, Even Though China Was Entirely Closed to the West

Today, this would be like getting an exclusive interview with Kim Jong-Un. 

My Weekend With Oscar de la Renta

Remembering the kindness and generosity of one of fashion's greats.

Two Reasons To Dial Back Ebola Hysteria

And an important reminder, too...

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