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How The Bachelor And Bachelorette come up with their crazy contestant bios, from chicken enthusiast to panstrapreneur to dog lover.

slate.com — To film The Bachelor, Kelly Travis took six weeks off her job doing business development for a construction company. She made it through five episodes, enjoyed hanging on some Vietnamese beaches, was eliminated peaceably, and accomplished her goal of barely conversing with Bachelor Juan Pablo at all.
Jan 19, 2016

Bachelor job descriptions "seem dreamed up by some new-agey trust funder or a particularly dull child." slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jan 19, 2016

RT @juliaturner: Bachelor job descriptions "seem dreamed up by some new-agey trust funder or a particularly dull child." slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jan 19, 2016

RT @browbeat: How The Bachelor comes up with its contestant bios a la "chicken enthusiast" & "dog lover": slate.com/blogs/browbeat… https://t…

Jan 19, 2016

“In 20 years, when you Google my name,” he said, “the last thing I want to pop up is ‘Panstapreneur Bachelorette.” slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jan 19, 2016

I investigated how The Bachelor comes up with contestants' "occupations" & why they've gotten even crazier over time slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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The one thing Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler nails? Its portrayal of women's diaries.

slate.com — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's new comedy does not tell you many things about what it is actually like to be a woman. In the movie, two sisters, reckless Kate (Fey) and responsible Maura (Poehler), decide to host one last blowout rager in their childhood home before their parents sell the house.
Dec 21, 2015

I wished Sisters were a better movie but I sure loved that scene where the sisters read from their teenage diaries: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Dec 21, 2015

RT @lbennett: I wished Sisters were a better movie but I sure loved that scene where the sisters read from their teenage diaries: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Dec 21, 2015

RT @Slate: The one thing Sisters nails is its portrayal of women's diaries: slate.me/22ksGE9 pic.twitter.com/7wfrLxXgZR

The best sentences from the year’s novels, poetry, and nonfiction.

slate.com — "Florida is California on a Troma budget." "She always expected to grow up boyish like Meg, but she took after Lee's mother instead: an eye-popping hourglass in miniature, but nervous about it, with skinny legs and bitten nails." "She never wanted to forget this moment, this smell, these exact shades of sunshine, lemon, maize, construction hat, yolk, taxi, sunflower, bumblebee, mustard."
Dec 01, 2015

The 23 best lines of 2015, including @haszombiesinit's “Florida is California on a Troma budget": slate.com/articles/arts/…

Dec 01, 2015

I look forward to this every year. the last one is my favorite! slate.com/articles/arts/…

Life during the 2016 election.

slate.com — As soon as John Di Domenico puts on the wig, his whole chest seems to inflate. He smoothes the wispy nape hairs, pats down the orange shelf of bangs. Normally his posture is shuffling, his shoulders bent. But as soon as he plunks on that wig, his stance opens.
Nov 12, 2015

RT @Slate: What life has been like during the 2016 election for a longtime Trump impersonator: slate.me/1kP0tU6 pic.twitter.com/JL1eWfkZk7

Nov 12, 2015

Had a surprisingly touching chat with a Donald Trump impersonator who grew up idolizing Trump, then became him: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Nov 12, 2015

What life has been like during the 2016 election for a longtime Trump impersonator: slate.com/blogs/browbeat… via @BrowBeat

Nov 12, 2015

A surprisingly poignant profile of a Trump impersonator, from @lbennett slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Nov 12, 2015

RT @xwaldie: The brilliant @lbennett spoke to a Donald Trump impersonator in this great (sad!) story: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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Laura Bennett: Gluten-free before it was cool

dallasnews.com — I was 9 years old when I first heard the word gluten. "You can't eat gluten anymore," my mom informed me after we'd left the doctor's office. "No more spaghetti." Her face suggested this was good news. I hadn't gained weight in more than a year and I looked like a tiny goblin with bangs.

Media trolling at its best.

slate.com — Friday afternoon, the New York Times Magazine tweeted: Could You Kill a Baby Hitler? There was an infographic poll (42 percent yes; 30 percent no; 28 percent "Not sure"), and a call for responses.
Oct 23, 2015

RT @Slate: In praise of @NYTMag's Baby Hitler poll, media trolling at its best: slate.me/1S1Oqya pic.twitter.com/UTgFEYNzym

Oct 23, 2015

RT @Slate: In praise of @NYTMag's Baby Hitler poll, media trolling at its best: slate.me/1S1Oqya pic.twitter.com/UTgFEYNzym

Oct 23, 2015

RT @Slate: In praise of @NYTMag's Baby Hitler poll, media trolling at its best: slate.me/1S1Oqya pic.twitter.com/UTgFEYNzym

Oct 24, 2015

Baby Hitler @NYTMag poll was high-order trolling. Twitter redeemed itself in response. By @lbennett slate.com/blogs/browbeat… @Slate @BrowBeat

Oct 24, 2015

RT @laurahelmuth: Baby Hitler @NYTMag poll was high-order trolling. Twitter redeemed itself in response. By @lbennett slate.com/blogs/browbeat… @Slate @BrowBeat

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All the sex scenes in Jonathan Franzen's Purity, ranked by plausibility.

slate.com — Purity is a superb novel, with fascinating characters and a deeply satisfying plot. Also, because it is a novel authored by Jonathan Franzen, it is full of very strange sex. In fact, one of Purity's greatest gifts to the culture is the bounty of new sex scenes it contributes to...
Sep 29, 2015

"Women do not often become impregnated with sperm from anal hate-sex with their ex-husbands. And yet—" slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Sep 29, 2015

All the sex scenes in Purity, ranked by plausibility: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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Here are seven great ones.

slate.com — In my Slate piece "The First-Person Industrial Complex," I wrote about the challenges and pitfalls of today's first-person online economy: the way the Internet incentivizes the publication of quick-turnaround, sensational, news-pegged essays in ways that can have serious consequences for writers. But of course, some of the best personal essays...

How the harrowing personal essay took over the Internet.

slate.com — A few months ago, Natasha Chenier submitted a piece to Jezebel about her sexual relationship with her dad. She described meeting her biological father for the first time at age 19 and being gradually overtaken by lust for him.
Sep 14, 2015

"It wasn’t about sex or abuse or her dad...This time, she got no reply." The age of the harrowing pers. essay slate.me/1Y2Qla3 @slate

Sep 14, 2015

Why did the harrowing personal essay take over the Internet? slate.com/articles/life/… via @slate

Sep 14, 2015

"The best thing they have to offer is the worst thing that ever happened to them." slate.com/articles/life/… pic.twitter.com/4YLxNYbfX1

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I was gluten-free before it was cool. I was diagnosed with celiac in the 1990s.

slate.com — "I Was Gluten-Free Before It Was Cool" was published on Aug. 17, 2015. In this piece Slate senior editor Laura Bennett, who was diagnosed with celiac disease in the '90s, writes about the golden age of glutenlessness. For more information on how to subscribe to the Slate Plus podcast...
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Feb 04, 2016

RT @zengerle: For such a boring conversationalist, @IChotiner does amazing interviews. His latest w/ @aoscott is no exception. t.co/TH3SQScpmb

Jan 27, 2016

"The inexorable grinding of a machine producing, potentially, error": Great Errol Morris intvw about true crime TV slate.com/articles/arts/…

Jan 26, 2016

RT @dankois: Slate dot com is looking for a funny, opinionated, enthusiastic culture blogger for nights & weekends. Email me if you're perf…

Jan 25, 2016

.@willapaskin watched so much TDS and wrote such a sharp, fair essay about Trevor Noah on the brink of an election: slate.com/articles/arts/…

Jan 22, 2016

RT @gabrielroth: There are a couple of editor jobs open at Slate; perhaps you should apply for one? It’s a good place to work. slate.com/jobs

Jan 21, 2016

"I just think the Oreo is an amazing cookie." @IChotiner interviews NYT food critic Pete Wells: slate.com/articles/arts/…

Jan 19, 2016

I investigated how The Bachelor comes up with contestants' "occupations" & why they've gotten even crazier over time slate.com/blogs/browbeat…


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