Fewer people are sweating over the LSAT’s infamous reasoning questions these days.
6 Great Works of Literature Written in 6 Weeks or Less
If you are under the age of 45, chances are that at some point somebody over the age of 45 has condemned your alleged overuse of the word “like.” This person may or may not have said it politely. He or she may have been motivated by an altruistic desire to make you look respectable to others, a self-interested impulse to stop you from irritating them, or something in between.
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com.In a culture that clamors with the noisy public narratives of sexual desire, the implacable silence of sexual refusal is the last remaining taboo. At least, that is what the journalist Sophie Fontanel felt when she composed the opening sentence of her bestselling memoir, The Art of Sleeping Alone.
Between homoeroticism and kitsch
Opera also provided gay people a shared language for emotional expression, first through its extremity of emotion and frequent depiction of doomed love, and later through the virtuosic argot of camp.
9 made-up German words that define the human condition.
Solo cups are usually the domain of college kids at keg parties, but they’ve been in the news lately thanks to a very different demographic: politicians. As TNR senior editor Alec MacGillis pointed out on Twitter yesterday, it’s been a few politically newsworthy days for the iconic red plastic cup:
Where to begin? Should I lead with my morning commute during which, while waiting to cross the street, I saw a grown-ass man in a full-body Gumby costume with no immediately apparent breathing holes but with his Cole Haans still visible saunter casually out of an office building? Or the party invitations stipulating that a costume is "mandatory"? Or the requisite "I don't hate Halloween, but..." because, in this city, you have to say you don't hate Halloween, when in fact, that gnawing feeling that can only be relieved with a hearty eye-roll can only be described as hate, pure and hot?
On the Internet, there are no average photographs, judging by headlines and tweets. Every single gallery is "fantastic," "stunning," and most frequently of all: "amazing." But is amazing always the most amazing adjective to use?
August 21, 1976
The pumpkin's hollow head returns her gaze;His yellow eyes are dancing in the flame.And she, she has him on her window sillWithin a draft that flickers on his brain. His jagged smile and diamond eyesAre mirrored in the darkened panes.Set to be seen, not see, to blaze before the windOr wither on the wick and snap black out. Grinning backwards into the room.On either side and looking in.His gaze, she feels, was sharply cutTo burn beneath her dresses' hems