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 Kate M

I Am Strangely Okay With Bono Being Named Woman of the Year

I Am Strangely Okay With Bono Being Named Woman of the Year

Bono is named Woman of the Year by an Authoritative Fashion Magazine. Shit hits fan. But is it necessary?

Okay. The internet is in an uproar. And I kind of get it. I mean, it’s not cool when a South Park meme, or really any of the absurdist White libertarian comedy spaces from the late 90′s becomes reality.  Or is it. I don’t know. I’m going to be at a panel talking about Tracy […]

 Kate M

An Open Letter to The Alamo Drafthouse: Please stop with all the Ala”bro”ing.

An Open Letter to The Alamo Drafthouse: Please stop with all the Ala”bro”ing.

Freelance reporting in a city built on oil money will, as The Silver Jews’s frontman David Berman notes, “Make you want to sit with the bad kids in the back.” I unceremoniously turned away from two freelance posts earlier this year because the work would not jibe with my sense of morality. In the end, […]

 Sean X. Ahern

The Fragile Gender: Masculinity’s Crisis

The Fragile Gender: Masculinity’s Crisis

I don’t want to write about Return of Kings–the vile website ran by human pitstain “Roosh V” (aka Daryush Valizadeh) that reads like a Johnathan Swift pamphlet sans the social commentary. Many have already taken time out of their hectic lives to condemn the website’s recent “call to arms” to fight for the legalization of rape. […]

 Brandon Michael Lowden

Here Is What the MTA Will Do with Your Extra $4.50 a Month

Here Is What the MTA Will Do with Your Extra $4.50 a Month

Like the subway trains themselves, the MTA's budget plans have been kept hidden underground... until now.

If you’re a New Yorker like me, you probably already know that as of today (March 22nd), the MTA has ratcheted up the subway and bus fare once again, from $2.50 to $2.75 per ride or from $112 to $116.50 for a monthly pass.  (Here’s the New York Times coverage of the increase, and here’s […]

 Sean X. Ahern

Pat Broderick Returns to Comics, Woos New generation of Fans by Hating on Cosplayers

Pat Broderick Returns to Comics, Woos New generation of Fans by Hating on Cosplayers

Pat Broderick, lets bro down here for a moment, shall we? I know a lot has changed since you left comics back in 1995. At the time, the comics market looked less desirable than sushi from a Parkway Sonoco station at 3am. I don’t blame you for leaving and finding better employment elsewhere. It made […]

 Corrigan Vaughan

Robin Williams Dead at 63: “A Call for All of Us to Take Better Care of Each Other.”

Robin Williams Dead at 63: “A Call for All of Us to Take Better Care of Each Other.”

I don’t want to be the eulogy girl. I really don’t. But the fact of the matter is that death is familiar to me in a way that most things are not. Maybe it was growing up in front of a cemetery. Maybe it was that strong, New England ghost story tradition. Maybe I’m just […]

 Charles

Let’s Talk About Spoilers

Let’s Talk About Spoilers

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and hate the Moff

Yesterday, the scripts for five episodes of the new series of Doctor Who leaked all over the internet. The BBC, paralyzed with the crippling fear of all their plans being revealed, pleaded (actual word used in 98% of news articles) with fans to avoid the leak, to stop-gap the spoilers, to keep the new episodes […]

 Sean X. Ahern

“Old man take a look at my life”: A Father’s Day Essay

“Old man take a look at my life”: A Father’s Day Essay

You know that Neil Young song “Old Man”? You know, off of the breathtaking Harvest album?I bet you do, but if not it is the whale song that I use to connect with my father, aurally, whenever I visit home for any set amount of time. There are some great lines in there, like this […]

 Corrigan Vaughan

Welcome to Isla Vista. Don’t Go Out Alone.

Welcome to Isla Vista. Don’t Go Out Alone.

A few blocks from where I write this in my UCSB apartment, a memorial service is happening. I’m not there, obviously. I have my reasons, not the least of which is that I feel that it is not my tragedy. Which is entirely false. It is, in fact, my tragedy. It is my tragedy because […]

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