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When did Facebook become so boring?

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Facebook has been in the news a bit lately. As usual, the media seems caught up in a controversy that is, for better or worse, mostly settled. Young people do not care about Internet privacy very much, whatever their parents might hope. Yet while the older generation wonders whether Facebook’s repeated intrusions will ever have consequences, the younger generation is already beginning to treat Facebook differently. This isn’t because Facebook threatens our college or job applications. It’s because Facebook is boring.

CINEMA ISN’T DEAD, BUT THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT IT IS

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For all the talk about the death of film and its usurpation by the cult of TV, the cinema is still the most universally beloved form of entertainment art around the world. More people than ever are watching and writing about … read more →

Do White People Care (Enough) When Black People Die?

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On July 5th, Lieutenant Gordon M. Ambelas of the New York City Fire Department died from smoke inhalation and burns in the line of duty. The same July 4th weekend, 82 people were shot and 16 were killed on the South Side of Chicago.

The President of Iran Retweeted My Tweet

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A new era started in Iran under President Hassan Rouhani. He ran in June 2013 with the slogan “Hope and Prudence,” promising to reduce the security atmosphere which had been escalated in Iran after the 2009 protests. 2009 was also … read more →

Six Questions for Cosplayer Tera Patrick

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AARON:  In an interview you did a couple years ago at Exxxotica, you stated that you always say, “Guys like three things: they like porn, comics and chicks.” Is that why you’re into cosplay now? Or is there something else? … read more →

What Happened to That Weird Bear at Sochi That Everyone Loved?

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With the Sochi Olympics over and Russian aggression in Ukraine underway, it’s worth pondering what happened to that cuddly bear waving, tearfully, goodbye to the crowds of useful idiots waving back at him. Recall that the opening and closing ceremonies … read more →

A Woman in Qatar Wrote a Book About Love, and It Was Banned

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Love Comes Later is the the first novel in English that is set in Qatar. I wrote it. On February 9, I sent the manuscript to the Ministry of Culture so I could get approval for it to be sold … read more →

We Biked From England to Cape Town and Wrote a Cookbook About the Amazing Food We Ate

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First came the journey. Then the cookbook, which was like a map showing all the places we’d been. (See the trailer for more on that.) Where the whole idea came from is still a fuzzy memory. Bravado, inebriation and an … read more →