Culture
  • Leave Veterans and Soldiers Out of the Anthem Debate

    As the earth warms, storms surge, soldiers deploy, and bombs drop, America finds itself riven over…footba ...

    As the earth warms, storms surge, soldiers deploy, and bombs drop, America finds itself riven over…football. The litany of arguments and absurd social media posts fervently attacking or lionizing Coli ...

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  • Burning Man Staves Off Nihilism, If Only Temporarily

    Conventional wisdom tells us that nerds are good at math and non-nerds are good at having fun. But the tr ...

    Conventional wisdom tells us that nerds are good at math and non-nerds are good at having fun. But the truth is that when nerds have fun, the fun is optimized with obsessive precision. That’s kind of ...

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  • Hugh Hefner, a Man Among ‘Mad Men’ (1926-2017)

    Hugh Hefner, perhaps the most famous—and infamous—magazine mogul in history has died at the a ...

    Hugh Hefner, perhaps the most famous—and infamous—magazine mogul in history has died at the age of 91. Some readers will no doubt remember him as the swingin’ uncle who helped you discover ...

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  • The End of Football

    By 2050, the National Football League (NFL) will be like the Barnum and Bailey Circus of today. Bankrupt, ...

    By 2050, the National Football League (NFL) will be like the Barnum and Bailey Circus of today. Bankrupt, closed, irrelevant, morally passe. In the early 20th century, the circus was all the rage. Aft ...

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  • Tom Petty’s Permanent Things

    One of the first music videos I ever saw on MTV was Tom Petty’s “Refugee” in 1980. I was six years old. T ...

    One of the first music videos I ever saw on MTV was Tom Petty’s “Refugee” in 1980. I was six years old. The next time I thought about that song at any length was in 1990 during a heavy make-out sessio ...

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  • What the D.C. Brunch Says About Young Urban Elite

    It is the cosmopolitan D.C. crowd’s version of a riot: a horde of young men and women descending Sunday m ...

    It is the cosmopolitan D.C. crowd’s version of a riot: a horde of young men and women descending Sunday morning onto hundreds of barely differentiated joints to swallow down the same bottomless mimosa ...

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