Posts Tagged: slate
“Nerd culture” may be, at this point, thoroughly subsumed into the capitalist mainstream (see: The Big Bang Theory, the explosion of Comic-Con’s popularity, they’re seriously gonna make more Star Wars movies, etc.), but there’s still a group of geeks out there swapping obscure bits of knowledge for knowledge’s sake....more
At the intersection of Eastern and Western culture, male and female, past and present, lies a rich and bewildering confluence of identities....more
The latest casualty in the decline of print media is the Boston Phoenix, a beloved alt weekly that is already sorely missed.
To help lay it to rest, Slate and Longform.org compiled a list of some of the Phoenix‘s best stories about drugs, riots, legal trials, and of course, family....more
Slate‘s recurring feature “The Longform Guide to…,” curated by Longform.org, is usually fascinating, and the most recent installment is no exception.
In “honor” of the revelation that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s girlfriend never existed, Max Linsky leads us through a maze of stories on Internet hoaxes....more
Originally from Poland, Borensztein’s portraits are a sarcastic take on the American Dream, and although the series was shot in the ‘80s, many of the photos embody a certain timelessness....more
Before yesterday, I suspect most people outside Missouri had never heard of Representative Todd Akin. I barely recognized the name myself, even though I consider myself a bit of a political junkie and I currently live in the neighboring state. All I really knew is that he was beating Senator Claire McCaskill pretty handily in her re-election bid, and that the Democrats were likely to lose that seat come November....more
“What the Gawker ethos (i.e., the sneer) comes down to is this: Everyone is a phony, except presumably those writers at Gawker who labor tirelessly to point out this phoniness (think Holden Caulfield gone a little sour, and getting a little old).”
At Slate, Katie Roiphe critiques Gawker, providing an analysis of their mode of operations....more
“Ugly and pointless new usages appear in the media and drift into everyday conversation:
Faze, as in “it doesn’t faze me”
Hospitalize, which really is a vile word
Wrench for spanner
Elevator for lift
Rookies for newcomers, who seem to have flown here via the sports pages.”
BBC News released an article on “Americanisms” in July of this year....more
What does a memoir that documents the painful loss of a family member and J. Crew’s summer catalog have in common? Nothing, which is why memoirist Robin Romm wrote this piece in Slate about their eerily similar aesthetic.
The popsicle on the cover of her book was a symbol of her mother’s declining health from cancer....more
The editor of Lez Get Real, a site with “A Gay Girls’ View on the World,” was revealed as Bill Graber, a 58 year old man, using his wife’s name to run the site....more
Remember all those VHS tapes that added up to a compendium of everlasting Civil War knowledge?
It turns out Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series isn’t entirely accurate, but in fact, “deeply misleading and reductive.” This may feel like a betrayal for those of us who were weaned on his sentimental historical depictions, or mesmerized by the zooming in and out of battle scene paintings....more
Foghorns show up in much of my writing, but that’s because I cultivate a disingenuously melancholy disposition that my actual life, full of hilarity and good-natured insults, completely belies.
But today I discovered that “a distant barking dog” appears in everything ever written by anybody. At Slate, Rosecrans Baldwin ponders this strange ubiquity of blandly barking canines:
“If a novel is an archeological record of 4.54 billion decisions, then maybe distant barking dogs are its fossils, evidence of the novelist working out an idea.”
Prospective novelists take note: eliminate your barking dog urge!...more
Ray Bradbury conjures up for me images of sun-drenched Nebraska meadows, autumn landscapes beset upon by Buick-sized ravens and dusty towns overrun by sinister carnivals. He reminds me of the childhood I never quite had except in my head.
He’s the writer I remember enjoying the earliest and now he’s ninety-years old and still working....more
Grilling is such a big deal that Mike Judge built an animated series around the charcoal versus propane debate twelve years ago and the show is still going strong. I don’t doubt that Hank Hill would print out, photocopy, and hand out copies of Brendan Koerner’s article on grilling to his prospective clients....more
Not enough sleep? Echoes of a faint hangover? Then it’s time for Saturday Morning Links.
Dahlia Lithwick and Doug Kendall point out that conservative politicians who are upset about empathetic judges probably ought to stick a sock in it.
Whether you’re an academic or a free-lance writer, you might want to take a look at this piece on the inside of an essay mill....more