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Why Language Can’t Be Tamed

Why Language Can’t Be Tamed

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The Truth About Mary Astor’s Diary

The Truth About Mary Astor’s Diary

In 1936, actress Mary Astor (who had not yet made her most famous film, The Maltese Falcon) and her husband went to court to fight for custody of their 4-year-old daughter. The trial made
Triple Frontier Shows Netflix Using the Narcos Template to Shine a Light on Veterans Issues

Triple Frontier Shows Netflix Using the Narcos Template to Shine a Light on Veterans Issues

Netflix’s newest film is not your average heist movie. No, these men are not Takers or part of Danny Ocean’s crew. This isn’t a revenge job with a Mini Cooper car chase. This is an all-American heist
The Vacuum Cleaner So Easy to Use I Actually … Used It

The Vacuum Cleaner So Easy to Use I Actually … Used It

For years, I regularly coexisted with tumbleweeds of pet fur and became accustomed to small particles of dirt stuck to the bottoms of my feet. I wasn’t dirty per se. I definitely cleaned! I just
Can You Ever Forgive Lee Israel?

Can You Ever Forgive Lee Israel?

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Help! My Co-Workers’ Perfume Makes Me Physically Ill.

Help! My Co-Workers’ Perfume Makes Me Physically Ill.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat.
Trevor Noah: “If You Put Trump in a Prison Jump Suit, It’ll Just Look Like He’s Naked”

Trevor Noah: “If You Put Trump in a Prison Jump Suit, It’ll Just Look Like He’s Naked”

One of the defining characteristics of the era is a sense of nagging unease that Donald Trump might somehow get away with what he’s done, via legal trickery or misguided efforts to spare the country
Netflix’s Fyre Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Hottest, Most Exclusive Island Music Festival Since Lord of the Flies

Netflix’s Fyre Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Hottest, Most Exclusive Island Music Festival Since Lord of the Flies

Depending on how you squint at it, 2017’s Fyre Festival is either a schadenfreude-laden story about rich kids getting their comeuppance or a sweeping fable about the vast gulf between the life
44 Former Senators Warn We Are at a National “Inflection Point” on Russia Investigation, Call on Senate to Defend Democracy

44 Former Senators Warn We Are at a National “Inflection Point” on Russia Investigation, Call on Senate to Defend Democracy

In an open letter in the Washington Post Monday, 44 former U.S. Senators issued an ominous plea to current and future members of the upper chamber: defend American democracy. “We are at an inflection
They Can’t Hear You, Theresa
John Kelly Was Always Just Donald Trump With Better Manners

John Kelly Was Always Just Donald Trump With Better Manners

For nearly two years, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly has served as chief of staff to President Donald Trump.* On Saturday, he announced that he’ll end that tenure by the end of this year. He’ll leave
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Midseason Finale Turns Into a High School (Reunion) Musical

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Midseason Finale Turns Into a High School (Reunion) Musical

Do you miss the Season 1 theme song? “Other Rebecca” does—or at least, that’s what she says in her one line in “I’m Not the Person I Used to Be,” the last Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode until the new
MP Grabs Royal Mace From Parliament Floor in Symbolic Defiance as the U.K. Goes Full British Meltdown

MP Grabs Royal Mace From Parliament Floor in Symbolic Defiance as the U.K. Goes Full British Meltdown

Things got very British in London on Monday, as during the debate over the debate about Brexit, a member of Parliament swiped the mace from floor of Parliament, setting off a tizzy in Westminster.
Can Leonardo DiCaprio—or Anyone—Just Buy Dinosaur Bones?

Can Leonardo DiCaprio—or Anyone—Just Buy Dinosaur Bones?

According to a recent Page Six report, Leonardo DiCaprio may be looking to expand his already formidable art collection with a particularly rare acquisition: a $2.5 million piece on exhibit as part of
Even if Trump Tries to Fire Mueller, He Can’t Fire the Grand Jury

Even if Trump Tries to Fire Mueller, He Can’t Fire the Grand Jury

With special counsel Robert Mueller and other federal prosecutors appearing to narrow in on President Donald Trump himself in recent weeks, concerns have been raised about the potential for
How “Woke Ammon Bundy” Became the Year’s Most Surprising Resistance Figure

How “Woke Ammon Bundy” Became the Year’s Most Surprising Resistance Figure

Ammon Bundy is an unlikely hero of the resistance. In 2016, he led an armed citizen takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon, in protest of federal land-management issues. Two years earlier, he was on
Photoshop Isn’t the Problem

Photoshop Isn’t the Problem

In 2014, American Eagle’s underwear brand, Aerie, announced that it would no longer be airbrushing its models. “We want to help empower young women to be confident in themselves and their bodies,”
Hang Up and Listen: The Edward R. Tebow Edition

Hang Up and Listen: The Edward R. Tebow Edition

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Gene Demby, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin:
The Angle: Please Plead Me Edition

The Angle: Please Plead Me Edition

Plea bag: Special counsel Robert Mueller is strategically showing cooperating witnesses (and potential cooperating witnesses) like Mike Flynn and Michael Cohen that he can take better care of them
Russian Accused of Infiltrating NRA, GOP Will Apparently Plead Guilty (But It’s Not Clear What It Means for Trump)

Russian Accused of Infiltrating NRA, GOP Will Apparently Plead Guilty (But It’s Not Clear What It Means for Trump)

In July, a Russian woman named Maria Butina was indicted for what the FBI described as a successful effort to “infiltrate” the National Rifle Association and Republican Party on behalf of the Russian