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baddieani: Artist Of The Future

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Aniebietabasi Ekong, known to the Internet as baddieani, is a whole new breed of artist, the kind that that could only exist in the Internet Age.

Men I'd Like to F*ck! (Better Read on in Case It's You, Guy-at-the-Office)

Juliette Fretté | Posted 05.31.2016 | Comedy
Juliette Fretté

If society actually does care about you and the one-eyed snail, it's nowhere near as much as people praise hot chicks and the omnipotent V.A.G. Online lists abound of all sorts of female fuckables and you're just feeling . . . left out right?

'Out 100' Responses Are Telling and Useful

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.17.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

Of course, newsstand magazines can be expected to put attractive -- impossibly attractive, computer-altered -- models on the cover. But with reader reactions being what they are, maybe it's time to reconsider how our community is framing itself.

The Crippling Effect of My GPS

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.13.2016 | Travel
Ralph A. Miriello

It is alarming how easily I was lulled into the comfort of believing I had an infallible friend on board; an all-seeing, all-knowing, road omnipotent that could make all the right choices for me, leaving my brain free to ponder the myriad of other distractions that confront me when I am driving.

The American Bystander

Maura Dickey | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Maura Dickey

I want to be like the man on the subway who told the operator about the woman's seizure, because as soon as he did, people followed suit and offered help. We have the power to choose whether to justify passivity or actively decide to do the right thing, and as a society I believe we ought to break free from our psychological tendency to just stand by.

35 HELPFUL Things Banksy Could've Done Instead of Dismaland

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 08.21.2015 | Comedy

Banksy unveiled his "theme park" named Dismaland this week. It features disappointing rides and attractions such as a contorted Ariel trying to ...

Cleaning Out a Drawer and a Game of Back to the Future

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.12.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I challenge you to help me decide if the future predicted by these cards has arrived. I'll share my predictions. Feel free to add your own. OK, here goes.

Why Cities Aren't Covered in Empty Cans of Coconut Water

Tommy Campbell | Posted 08.10.2016 | Green
Tommy Campbell

There is no way you can argue with me that it is ever okay to throw anything on the ground. Even if you hand me free Nickelback tickets, I will happily walk them to the nearest garbage.

Social Media Is Ruining Everything

Benjamin Gordon | Posted 05.11.2016 | College
Benjamin Gordon

A typical day for me starts out with me turning off the alarm on my smartphone and immediately taking the opportunity to check all my texts, instant messages, emails, status updates... you get the picture.

The Moment Trumps the Selfie

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisbeth Darsh

Some part of me wants to tell people to stuff their phones in their pockets and stand in front of an incredible piece of art and just be. Breathe and feel what the art brings forth in you. All of the emotions are not comfortable, but they're important to feel. Or at least I think so.

Despite Progress, Still Much to Be Done: Reflections on Dr. King's Birthday and 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Colette A.M.Phillips | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Colette A.M.Phillips

As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the Selma March, we also must acknowledge that we are still not a harmonious nation - or world - a half-century after these two central events in the history of civil rights.

How 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Critiques Our Culture

Meg DeBussey | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
Meg DeBussey

Evidently the real dangers to society are those at the top of the social hierarchy, those whom appear to be innocuous and hide in plain sight. As current events have shown, this is a woefully true observation.

Summer Reading with Our Daughters

Robert Hoch | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Robert Hoch

I am glad for the disarray of our coffee table. Maybe it's a little raft in a world too full of conventional politics, a raft salvaged from cast off pieces, caught in the currents of a deeper wisdom, a more authentic quest for freedom.

Shoes and Shotguns

Georgina Beven | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Georgina Beven

I arrive at Zumiez, but rather than being confronted by a packed window display of knockoff shoes, I am greeted by the words of a large sign: "Forever in Our Hearts."

The Sex Part Always Gets in the Way

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Sharon Kay Edwards

I've had male friend after male friend in my life, and it always goes to sh*t because it's impossible to just be friends. I mean REAL friends with openness and freedom.

Susan Patton: The Anti-Singlehood Crusader

Erin Gibson | Posted 04.22.2014 | Women
Erin Gibson

I love long titles! They give you the gist of the article without spoiling the confusing, condescending points to follow.

U No Read, Me No Write

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
Melody Moezzi

Until recently, no editor ever encouraged me to write for the skimming, scanning, browsing, not-actually-reading "reader."

ReThink Review: Elysium -- The 1 Percent in Orbit

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.

ReThink Review: The Purge - Horror and Republican Ideology

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The action and, surprisingly, the political and social commentary that seems to criticize republican ideological dogma still has me pondering what I thought would be a run-of-the-mill slasher movie.

April Fools Rush In

Donna Henes | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Donna Henes

Clowns are an essential element of ritual in most places in the world. Their antics provide an over-the-top immorality, which, by negative example, serves to highlight and strengthen the integral values of society. The Hopi say that clowns show life the way it should not be.

ReThink Review: God Bless America -- Bobcat's Scream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Bobcat Goldthwait is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. At least, the two main characters of his dark comedy God Bless America won't.

Black and Blue Friday

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.23.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Aranka Smith

I grew up in an era where there were only a handful of logical explanations for getting up in the middle of the night. We did not wake up to go shopping. Anywhere. For anything. Ever.

Stage Door: The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, White

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Steve Jobs was a genius and showman. Apple products revolutionized the way we live, making the company and its co-founders legendary. As storyteller M...

Iranian Actress Faces 90 Lashes For Movie Role

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.10.2011 | Arts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- An Iranian opposition website says an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearin...

Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation

Caroline Hagood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Caroline Hagood

Elissa Stein and Susan Kim's Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation, approaches its taboo topic with plenty of irreverent humor and refreshing bluntness.