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This Week in Lines


by Jake Gallagher 7:55 AM Thursday, August 21 — Barney's Warehouse Sale, The Metropolitan Pavilion at 19th and 6th Length: Seventy-six people Weather: 66 and partly cloudy Crowd: Under caffeinated clothing addicts Mood: Half asleep yet fully dressed Wait Time: Fifteen-to-twenty minutes Lingering Question: How has this “warehouse” not been cleaned out yet?

Bethany Beach, Delaware, August 21, 2014


by Tom Scocca ★★★★★ White haze surrounded the sun. The forecast of showers—deferred so many days now—seemed plausible for the first time.

The Flight of the Ladybugs


by Cat Ferguson Every winter, ladybugs coat trees and hillsides in the Sierra Nevada mountains with bright orange scales.

Shabazz Palaces, "#CAKE"

by John Herrman Here is Shabazz Palaces with its first full video from Lese Majesty. The group, like this song, is all sharp edges and extreme angles—the album's tracks often don't take shape until halfway through, which is exhilarating and disorienting.

Don't Meat the Eggplant


by Dan Nosowitz Most summer produce has a cult of worship; there are those who wait all year for the few weeks of tomato season, those who will serve fresh corn with every meal, those who will gorge on peaches until the sweet-tart juice carves furrows into their faces like Grand Canyon erosion writ small.

Don't Meat the Eggplant


by Dan Nosowitz Most summer produce has a cult of worship; there are those who wait all year for the few weeks of tomato season, those who will serve fresh corn with every meal, those who will gorge on peaches until the sweet-tart juice carves furrows into their faces like Grand Canyon erosion writ small.

The Fall of the Humanities and the Tyranny of Recommendation Letters: A Novel and a Chat


by Jessica Gross and Merve Emre Dear Committee Members is the second novel from PEN/Hemingway award finalist and creative writing professor Julie Schumacher.

The Fall of the Humanities and the Tyranny of Recommendation Letters: A Novel and a Chat


by Jessica Gross and Merve Emre Dear Committee Members is the second novel from PEN/Hemingway award finalist and creative writing professor Julie Schumacher.

A Poem by Laura Eve Engel

by Mark Bibbins, Editor Escape Hatch Was thinking escape hatch is what I’d require. I think escape hatch to myself in the park and see it slink on its two good legs away from view, leaving me with this turned- over feeling.

Who's a Good Trendspotter? You Are, You Are.

by John Herrman "It's never been cooler to look like a baby." 0 Comments The post Who's a Good Trendspotter?

Have You Considered Your Leaders' Optics Lately?

by John Herrman It's been a while since we got a good "president playing golf" story: Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

Have You Considered Your Leaders' Optics Lately?

by John Herrman It's been a while since we got a good "president playing golf" story: Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, August 20, 2014


by Tom Scocca ★★★★ The little patch of ocean view lay in bands of color: clear pale blue sky, deep blue water, green grass, yellow sand.

The Shoemakers of Gedikpaşa


by Erich Strom During my first days in Istanbul last month, I found myself navigating through expanses of Istanbul’s subway system so new that they did not appear in my 2013 transit map.

What's So Special About 'The Richard Pryor Special'?


There's a famous story about The Richard Pryor Show — as Richard Pryor's star was rising in Hollywood in the 1970s, NBC commissioned the man to make a 10-episode sketch program to be broadcast in prime time. Family-friendly viewing not being Pryor's first priority, he clashed with the censors again and again until finally they let him off with only four episodes.

Travis Scott, "Quintana Pt. 2"

by John Herrman "THIS IS NOT A MIXTAPE FREE ALBUM AND VIDEO FOR THE KIDS," tweeted Travis Scott after posting the sprawling, guest-packed Days Before Rodeo in full.

The Great Hope of TV's Female Crime-Stoppers


I don’t remember how or why I first started descending into Law & Order afternoons, letting bright days slip by in the darkness of my parents’ den with the curtains drawn.

Journalism Funded


by Matt Buchanan The Huffington Post asks: What happens in Ferguson and the St. Louis metro area the day after everybody leaves?

Journalism Funded


by Matt Buchanan The Huffington Post asks: What happens in Ferguson and the St. Louis metro area the day after everybody leaves?

Brand Citizens United


by John Herrman That my shampoo, lunch, toilet paper and vitamins may have been discussed in a single company's annual meeting is something I both take for granted and otherwise bury as deeply as possible.


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