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Lena Dunham, GamerGate and [Insert SEO Keyword Here] — A few weeks ago, after handmade pasta and a few too many specialty cocktails, my friends and I got into it over Lena Dunham. Empowered by that special brand of self-righteousness unique to personal opinions about popular things, we loudly and enthusiastically debated the merits of the Dunham Phenomenon-two of us against and one (me) in favor,...

On The Road Is The Original ‘Why I Left New York’ Essay — In a cosmic sense, I think it's fair to blame Jack Kerouac for the glorification of Leaving New York. Ever since On The Road "defined a generation" in 1957, people exhausted by the hardscrabble urine-scented life of an NYC resident can feel validated, self-righteous even, over their decision to pack up and Go West, to set down...

SorryTelevision — The North American Wife Carrying Championship is a thing. [Photos via Reuters]

I Am Completely Beside Myself About We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves — If there's anything to be said for going into a book completely clueless, it should be said about Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I didn't go into it clueless (as I am categorically incapable of not reading back-cover blurbs) but a friend of mine did, and I've spent the better part...

15 Years Late, I’ve Joined the Neil Gaiman Fan Club — For even for the most casual observer of book publishing today, Neil Gaiman is something of a household name. He's an author that seems almost serendipitously ubiquitous--one morning there's an interview in the New York Times, a week later your friend mentions she loved Smoke and Mirrors, four days after that you scroll past a Facebook...

SorryTelevision — 8 Dogs Who Wish They Could Vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum

Night Film is Two Parts Hitchcock, One Part Stephen King — When 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse, veteran journalist Scott McGrath is determined to get to the bottom of it, even though all signs point to suicide. McGrath, a once celebrated investigative reporter, is still reeling from his public fall from grace years earlier, a discrediting prompted by his repeating an anonymous and disparaging tip about Ashley's... — More than three decades after his first stand-up gig, Bill Maher is still crossing things off his show-biz bucket list. Things like smoking a joint onstage, a 25-year-old dream the comedian finally made real at a Denver show last month.

On The Goldfinch, Dickens and Haters — You know that unique torturous last week of work before you go on vacation, when you're obsessively checking weather reports and find yourself spacing out to to thoughts of fudge and salt-water taffy? That's me right now, just four days shy of my annual sojourn to the peaceful post-Labor Day rhythms of Ocean City, New Jersey.

I Want To Get Drunk With Scott McClanahan — The table of contents for Scott McClanahan's The Collected Works Vol. 1 reads like a set list for a night of boozy storytelling. There's "The Homeless Guy," "The Chainsaw Guy" and "My Dad and the Cop." There's "Kidney Stones" and "Hernia Dog" and "The Prettiest Girl in Texas."
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Oct 22, 2014

@typingelbow "I hadn't planned on staying long, I just wanted some chicken wings. But once I got in...I decided I needed time to think."

Oct 22, 2014

The 2013 expiration of a boost in food stamp assistance is killing Hot Pockets this year.

Oct 22, 2014

26-year-old Chinese woman spends a week in a 24/7 KFC after being dumped.

Oct 22, 2014

Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention, via @chriscmooney

Oct 22, 2014

Lena Dunham, GamerGate and [Insert SEO Keyword Here]

Oct 22, 2014

@stevesilberman Hi Steve, thanks for your feedback. We've changed this headline and agree it was doing readers and the story a disservice.

Oct 22, 2014

"Deinocheirus was much weirder than anyone imagined—like something out of a bad sci-fi movie.“

Oct 22, 2014

I feel like wayyy more people should be tweeting about Ingrid Newkirk's will (h/t @MikeIsaac)

Oct 22, 2014

Kind of loving this @NYMag then/now piece featuring 50s/60s/70s Playboy models

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