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New York City, December 16, 2014


★★★ Heavy dampness or a thin mist was on the air, fading the colors of distant buildings. The gray morning clouds thinned out to blue patches in the early afternoon, and the sun cast shadows.

Dog Versus Baby


I have owned a dog for my entire adult life—more properly, a Chihuahua. First, there was Sal. Then, for a brief period, there was Sal and Penny.

The Triumphant Rise of the Shitpic


In the first chapter of his book, After Photography, digital photography theorist Fred Ritchin explains the central selling point of digital over analog: Digital is based on an architecture of infinitely repeatable abstractions in which the original and its copy are the same; analog ages and rots, diminishing over generations, changing its sound, its look, its smell.

Bodies Uncounted

There are perhaps other weeks of the year that the New York Times could have chosen to lay off more than twenty reporters and editors, weeks that are not so deep into the holidays.

That Girl Is Poison: A Brief, Incomplete History of Female Poisoners


The idea that “poison is a woman’s weapon” is an old, made-up sawhorse. The concept has been invoked in works like Game of Thrones and Sherlock Holmes (not the Cumberbatch version, you didn’t miss anything), and bolstered by popular fiction: the terrifying grandmother from Flowers in the Attic, the adorable little old ladies from Arsenic and Old Lace, very nearly Marie from Breaking Bad, and the evil queen/gnarled old witch from Snow White.

Garbage Garbage

“2014 was simply a trashpile of world events and sewer people. The slop started piling up at the start and never slowed down.”

I Would Die 4 U Seth Rogen

New York City, December 15, 2014


★★★★ Morning sun entered the apartment from the west, off a high window across the way. A spider, glowing amber, marched up the sunny wall.

Carols, Revisited


We three kings of Orient are CUTE. You three kings are so cute. Bearing gifts we traverse afar So, is there a Mrs.

Maybe You're Sad Because You're Not Telling Yourself To Be Less Sad


Having a hard time during the holidays? The line forms to the rear, say hi on your way back there, I’ll be the guy with the frowny-face and the red, watery eyes.

Eat the Ginger


Around Christmastime, when you search for recipes with “ginger,” you get exclusively sweet things: gingerbread, gingersnaps, ginger cake, ginger donuts, ginger biscotti, ginger muffins.

My Tin-Roofed Outbuilding in Dar es Salaam


[byline] In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city and de facto capital, $500 a month will get you a little room in a tin-roofed outbuilding.

Racial Profiling In New York City: Latest Victim Speaks Out

“I believe the choice of a star from the Sopranos to persuade an Italian-American Council Member in a district with a large Italian-American population is profiling, and I resent it.

December 16, 2014: Beware of Teens

New York City, December 14, 2014


★★★ The morning sky was all gray clouds with soft ridges. By lunchtime, some of the ridges downriver and in the west had become channels of light blue.

Sisters, Ranked


We are five: always, five, the five of us, the group of us, the lot. “You guys,” “the girls,” “the sisters.” Once, when I was young, someone asked me how many sisters I had and I answered, quickly, without giving it a thought, “five,” as if I couldn’t extricate myself from the larger being, the group, that we made up.

Three Ways to Experience Culture Shock


Brought to you by South African Tourism As a country rich in both ancient and contemporary history, South Africa’s culture can be experienced everywhere from tribal villages to vibrant cities.

Three Ways to Experience Culture Shock


Brought to you by South African Tourism As a country rich in both ancient and contemporary history, South Africa’s culture can be experienced everywhere from tribal villages to vibrant cities.

When Your Ex-Boyfriend Is Kale


People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, BuzzFeed News sportswriter Lindsey Adler tells us more about what it’s like to really love Kale.

Conversation In a Bar: Rosie Schaap


One afternoon each week, I like to go to a bar with someone and sit and have drinks and talk. Sometimes, with the other person’s permission, I will recount the experience here.


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