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apollo 11

Apollo 11 was nowhere near woke enough

July 19, 2019 5:07 pm

The usual suspects are preparing their difficult questions about the Moon landing

refinery29 trans english

Trans English is the new common tongue

July 19, 2019 12:36 pm

Refinery29 and GLAAD have torn up the dictionary

faceapp challenge

Why did you participate in the FaceApp challenge?

July 19, 2019 12:10 pm

The app’s privacy policy allows the app to collect information sent by your device

faceapp

Why FaceApp is problematic

July 19, 2019 10:04 am

White people posting photos of their aging faces only serves as a depressing reminder of how long many of them will live

italy

Italy, in seven hours and five trains

July 18, 2019 12:14 pm

People laughed when I told them my plan but nothing beats the window seat of a stopping train hugging the Ligurian coast

politicians

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

July 18, 2019 12:00 pm

The politician who accepts power reluctantly and uses it sparingly is to be found only in Greek myths and in Shakespeare

alan dershowitz

On Jeffrey Epstein and a New Yorker attack on me

July 18, 2019 11:04 am

This is my defense

scarlett johansson

Scarlett Johansson should only be allowed to play Scarlett Johansson in movies about Scarlett Johansson

July 18, 2019 10:57 am

Actors playing the parts of characters with whom they share no lived experience is nothing new

intellectuals

I’m starting a trade union for intellectuals

July 17, 2019 11:33 pm

Someone should go in to bat for academics if they’re targeted by an outrage mob

free speech hate speech

The best response to hate speech is free speech

July 17, 2019 11:24 pm

It’s time to give up on the idea that we can legislate niceness

elon musk brain

Elon Musk’s brain game

July 17, 2019 9:20 am

The tech magnate is on a mission to save the world from the attack of the Killer Robots

bianca devins

The bizarre, normal death of Bianca Devins

July 16, 2019 3:23 pm

If her killer is exceptional, it is in his pathetic keenness to make this a point of pride

medicine

The ethical minefield of crowdfunding for medicine

July 16, 2019 12:14 pm

Many rare illnesses wouldn’t be curable without Big Pharma. But who should be able to access the breakthrough drugs they create?

Rashida Tlaib anti-semitism

Is universalism the true cause of left-wing anti-Semitism?

July 16, 2019 6:04 am

Karl Marx was an anti-Semite and a Jew, and socialism inherits and adapts Jewish ideas of social justice and the day of judgment

scarlett johansson

The brief bravery of Scarlett Johansson

July 15, 2019 4:00 pm

Perhaps the actress would be better off playing a tree than a person with convictions

came from trump
belle delphine bath water

A brief history of selling bath water

July 14, 2019 4:28 pm

What connects Belle Delphine with the leader of a doomsday cult and a Japanese girl punk band?

cisgender

My best friend just came out as cisgender and I don’t know what to do about it

July 14, 2019 4:11 pm

All this time, Andromeda had been living a lie

mayor pete

Mayor Pete, alleged homosexual, shall not be mocked

July 14, 2019 10:04 am

The New Republic bends over and takes one for corporate neoliberalism

journalist

Who counts as a journalist, anyway?

July 13, 2019 7:49 pm

Many of us are still clinging to a mindset in which the ‘journalist’ is hailed as an ideal without prejudice or bias

lego

Lego quote accounts are the new front of the culture war

July 12, 2019 2:50 pm

First a milkshake, now a plastic brick

boris

I love Boris for not firing me when I wrote a play about his sex life

July 11, 2019 4:58 pm

I doubt any other editor would have been so sanguine

coco guaff

Coco Gauff won fair and square, but she played terrible tennis

July 11, 2019 4:48 pm

Sportsmanship is a thing of the past, and Wimbledon crowds now act like soccer fans

climate

Tuscany’s killer climate

July 11, 2019 4:13 pm

As my engine died, a thunderclap exploded overhead and I noticed that I was freezing cold and soaked to the skin

twitter

10 things I’d like to see in ‘a whole new Twitter’

July 11, 2019 2:28 pm

I have taken the liberty of proposing some changes that will actually benefit Twitter’s user base