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October 21, 2014

Walter Benjamin Was My First Crush

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

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...

These Two World Leaders Are Laughing While the Planet Burns Up

They don't care one bit about our planet.

October 20, 2014

I'm a Black Journalist. I'm Quitting Because I'm Tired of Newsroom Racism.

"White people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone."

The Problem With Brunch Isn't the Jerks. It's That It Ruins Lunch.

You could be having MUCH better meals on your weekend.

The Situation in Kobani Might Be Too Dire For Airdrops to Make a Difference

The U.S. has airdropped in weapons, but it may be too late.

There's a Worrisome Amount of Support in Jordan for the Islamic State

Less than 2/3 of Jordanians consider ISIS a terrorist organization.

The Supreme Court Isn't Likely to Stop Texas' Xenophobic Voting Laws

Texas Republicans fear that Hispanics are poised to take over their state.

October 19, 2014

No Author Is Too Good for Her Amazon Critics

It's time to come to terms with publishing in 2014. Everyone is a critic. Everyone’s got a soapbox. 

What a Past Epidemic Teaches Us About Ebola

Was there hysteria over a handful of cases? Check. Scapegoating of immigrants and public health officials? Check.

Hey, Bill Maher: There Is No Such Thing as “Islamic Extremism”

There is no such thing as “militant Islam” or “radical Islam”; there’s just Islam. 

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