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New York City, December 6, 2016

★★ The clouds were high and flattened, silvery-white on the morning. The black shape of an airplane acquired contour as it moved slowly from west to east.

Some Thoughts On Trolls

What a remarkable age in which we live. A mythical troll “The troll has it both ways. He is magnificently indifferent to social norms, which he transgresses for the lulz, yet often at the same time a vengeful punisher: both the Joker and Batman.

Real Artists Don’t Need Christmas Albums

Soundscan Surprises, Week Ending 12/1 Back-catalog sales numbers of note from Nielsen SoundScan. Photo: Deirdre Woolard The definition of “back catalog” is: “at least 18 months old, have fallen below №100 on the Billboard 200 and do not have an active single on our radio.” The holiday season is a big time for the back catalog!

Realistic New York Airbnb “Experiences”

Take a bite out of the Big Apple, worms and all! Image: Tim Snell “Book experiences designed and led by some of the most interesting people out there.

The Day The Laughter Died

Will anything ever be funny again now that Donald Trump has won the presidency? Image: Johan Lange It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater.

Anxiety Monster

The Adventures of Liana Finck Liana Finck does not make eye contact. We are beside ourselves. Anxiety Monster was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Arandel, “Aleae III”

Nobody knows anything, but especially the people who tell you it will all be okay. Photo: felix.castor It’s cold and gray and wet outside and we’re still closer to the beginning of the week than the end of it.

New York City, December 5, 2016

★★★ Clinging blue tendrils of the rainy night held back the arriving day. An older brother in a checked huntsman’s cap and a younger brother in a soft hat with antlers chipped away at each other waiting at the elevators.

“Gifting” Is Gross

An arbitrary vocabulary preference, explored Flickr One thing people like to talk about that traditionally moves my barometer 0.00 fucks is the word “moist.” Are you familiar with this phenomenon?

The Illustrated Donald Trump

Selected quotations from the President-elect’s books, visualized. Amy Kurzweil is the author of Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir.

The Arc Of The Atlatl

The rise of spear-throwing among hobbyists and modern hunters Image: Joshua Tree National Park In the autumn of 2007, Aaron Swope of East Hempfield, Pennsylvania, killed his first deer at the age of seven.

10 Other Possibilities For Person Of The Year

Here are some alternate choices! That’s right. 10. Who Cares? 9. It Doesn’t Matter 8. None Of This Matters 7.

How To Not Drink At The Office Christmas Party

Sometimes your inhibitions are actually useful. Image: Phil Sexton “Why is drinking at office parties such a thing in the first place?

Aquaserge, “Tour du monde”

It’s another day in a endless parade of another days. Photo: Bob Jagendorf Just listen to this and try to enjoy it.

New York City, December 4, 2016

★★★ The clear sky gradually whitened, with faint streaks on it. The five-year-old tore around the apartment till he agreed to go down front for a while with his basketball.

Belcher Family Values

“Bob’s Burgers” is an exception in the world of animated sitcoms: The Belchers actually like each other.

What Can I Do About My Racist Parents?

And other answers to unsolicited questions. Image: Daniel Oines “I think my parents are racist. What can I do?

Playing Yourself-Improvement

Let’s try to get better at playing ourselves in 2017. Flickr At the New Yorker today, Jia Tolentino declares 2016 “the year we played ourselves.” She describes the phenomenon like this: The act of playing yourself can be loosely defined as working against your conscious intentions.

The Lost Generation

The Adventures of Liana Finck Liana Finck is on Instagram and sometimes in The New Yorker. She lives in Albuquerque, in case you’re trying to find her.

Duckett, “Everything Works Backwards”

You know who knows anything? Nobody. Photo: MaxPower0815 I am currently reading Tony Judt’s Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, and I am at the part where the Soviet Union has collapsed and the nations of Eastern Europe are finally free from Communist oppression.