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The Cutting Truth

In an essay on the experience and expression of female pain, Leslie Jamison considers cutting “an attempt to speak and an attempt to learn”: There’s an online quiz titled “are you a real cutter or do you cut for fun?” full of statements to be agreed or disagreed with: I don’t really know what it feels […]

Psychoanalyzing Putin

Putin Riot in eastern Ukraine (via @tagesspiegel_de )— Nina van Lanschot (@ninavanlan) April 16, 2014 Joseph Burgo makes the case that the Russian president really does suffer from narcissistic personality disorder:...Show More Summary

Looking Back On Leaning Out, Ctd

A reader argues that our post was based on “a common misconception” about Lean In: Sandberg doesn’t champion working over staying home. When she tells women to lean in, she’s not telling them to work: she’s saying that for as long as they choose to work, they shouldn’t have one foot already out the door because of what having […]

A Short Note

In a late night fit of pique, I foolishly argued that Jo Becker’s new book trashing the entire marriage equality movement before 2008 should be withdrawn. It was a stupid thing to write. Of course it should not be withdrawn; it should be engaged, debated and scorned.

Faces Of The Day

Biden’s first selfie. The Onion’s version to follow (I hope).

Disaster Coverage Has Always Been A Disaster

Amber Frost has the archival news footage to prove it: If you’re under the impression that tragic disasters used to be held in a respectable reverence in this country, please refer to the vintage bit of newstainment above, a 1937 Universal Studios newsreel on the Hindenburg explosion. From the Hollywood sturm und drang musical accompaniment to the […]

To Make A Short Story Shorter

In a review of Lydia Davis’s new story collection Can’t and Won’t, Christine Smallwood observes that the famously concise writer “makes the impossible look easy”: Like Proust, whom she has translated, Davis writes the act of writing itself. I don’t just mean that her narrators tend to be teachers or authors, though that’s true; I mean […]

Revisiting Fargo

Linda Holmes explains the premise of FX’s new Fargo series: It seemed, candidly, like an absurd idea when FX announced that it was making a TV series based on Fargo, the Coen Brothers film from 1996. That was a completed story that didn’t lend itself to a lot of obvious “further adventures.” It didn’t seem like very much […]

Embrace The Boredom, Ctd

A few readers complement this post with some class writings: I’m heavily invested in the notion that idleness, laziness, and procrastination are vital to the full flowering of human life. (If they aren’t, I’m fucked.) I’m reminded of this passage from Emerson’s Experience: We do not know today whether we are busy or idle. In times when […]

The View From Your Window

Bedford Hills, New York, 8.20 am.  “WTF? I thought we were done with this crap.”

Hyperactive Prescribing? Ctd

A reader writes, “I figured I’d chime in on the ADHD thread, since there’s still apparently one voice missing: someone who was diagnosed as a child”: That’d be me. At the age of six, in my second marking period in first grade, I was diagnosed with ADHD. Though my memory is hazy of that time, what I […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

On another topic, sometimes, you’ve just got to face the music: As any biologist will tell you, beards are indeed sexy. The question is, does the sexiness of beards depend on the hairiness of the rest of the males in the population? Or is the allure of a beard the same no matter what? To […]

A Poem For Wednesday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: r. erica doyle is the winner of this year’s Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America for a first book of original poetry written by an American and published in a standard edition in 2012. Doyle’s book entitled proxy is powerful and has inspired powerful praise, including […]

Face Of The Day

A Catholic worshipper holds Virgin Mary picture as he prepare for Holy Week celebrations, known as ‘Semana Santa’ on April 16, 2014 in Larantuka, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Easter celebrations in Larantuka started in the 16th century, when Portuguese missionaries entered and acculturated the local people. The ritual appeals to the pilgrims and people from […]

When Do Scandals Actually Sink A Politician?

Seth Masket reviews many studies on the question: Your allies may be quick to abandon you during a scandal if you’re expendable (think John Edwards), but if you’re, say, the president, they may be more likely to rally to your side. Scandals may also be more damaging for black candidates (PDF) than for white ones. Additionally, scandals may be more likely to […]

3D Printing Is Building Itself Up

Reason checks in on the growing 3D printing industry: The latest breakthrough: For the first time ever, scientists have 3D printed a cancer tumor in order to study how to kill it. Growing cancer cells in a laboratory is nothing new—it’s often how new drugs are tested before they hit clinical trials. But those cultures are grown on […]

Sex, Lies, and Text Messages

A new study reveals that people often lie while exchanging sexy texts with their significant others: “Deception during sexting with committed relationship partners appears to be fairly common,” writes a research team led by MichelleShow More Summary

When The Cover Is The Story

According to @RollingStone cover, John Hancock signed the US Constitution… #Merica #History — Lori (@LoriGGFilmz) April 10, 2014 Jill Filipovic suggests that the Rolling Stone gaffe that has fact-checkers around...Show More Summary

What The Hell Just Happened In Nigeria?

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped some 100 teenage girls from a government school in the northeastern state of Borno on Monday. Zack Beauchamp expects the group to hold the girls for ransom: “Their goal is almost certainly...Show More Summary

A Victory For Transgender Indians

In a landmark ruling yesterday, India’s Supreme Court decided that transgender individuals need no longer identify themselves as “male” or “female” on official documents. The court also called for an expansion of rights: Hijras are deprived of jobs, education and health care; turned away at hospitals, limited by the practice of male and female wards. India had […]

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