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How to Talk About Art

The ability to create art is the primary thing that separates us from animals, not counting elephants who learn to paint. But conversations about art can sometimes be intimidating. How does one discuss art intelligently? First, ask yourself, “What is art?” Answer: “Pictures of stuff.” Second, place the artwork in a context. What period does …

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So, Your Latte Art Looks Like a Dick?

Hello! Welcome to the Latte Art Troubleshooting Hotline, where our flannel-clad, black frame-wearing, asymmetric hairstyle-rocking baristas are feigning interest to assist you in making your latte art represent your individually artistic, spiritual, and contemporarily gentrified needs. For espresso questions, press 1. For foam questions, press 2. For beard net ordering and usage guidelines, press 3. …

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Welcome to Adjunct Heaven

Hello there, twenty-something! Your body gave out from a potent mix of grading, cheap wine, and podcast binging. As I speak, your friends and family are crafting a tombstone from your student loan notifications. Yes, your corporeal form may be a withered husk, but fear not, for unlike the doctoral programs you applied to, you …

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I’m Diversifying My Groomsmen

Tim: As you know, Jenna and I are tying the knot in less than a year. I had a list of groomsmen all set, but then I came to a shocking realization: of the four friends I’d chosen, all were straight white males. This is problematic. I hate to say it, but unless you can …

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Finding Love Through Meetup Groups

The coalition of outdoor adventurers You’re looking for a low-key hookup in a discreet location. You appreciate a little dirt under your fingernails, and you can tolerate, at least for one night, the notion that the combined scent of bug spray and sunscreen can be seductive. You may be overly confident about how nice your …

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The Lonely Planet Guide to ISIS

History The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is a culturally rich caliphate with a long history. The area experienced its first heyday around AD 796 and its second heyday never. Since the first millennium, things have become a little grittier in the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa. This is varsity level travel. But adventurous souls …

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JARRED

A therapist’s office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, present day. Therapist: Do you remember the day it began? Do you remember where you were? Patient: Zabar’s. Therapist: What did you notice first? Patient: The raised print on the jars — the swirled font, and the words “Mason” and “Atlas.” Therapist: Had you recently had a baby? Patient: I don’t see …

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