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Making It About Gender

by Michelle Dean The news about humanity is never very good when it comes from Reddit, is it? Today’s contribution comes via an editorial at WIRED. Its authors, Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean Yang, are scientists at MIT. They described the gendered horror show that was their Reddit AMA: Within an hour, the thread […]

A Legal Threat To Legalization

by Dish Staff Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado for legalizing marijuana: Two of Colorado’s neighboring states, arguing that the legalization of marijuana for Coloradans is causing crime problems across state borders, asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to allow them to file a lawsuit directly before the Justices. If the suit goes forward, Nebraska […]

Howard Roark and the Hacker’s Veto

by Will Wilkinson The hacking of Sony and the studio’s subsequent decision to halt the release of The Interview is incredibly weird and it’s left me pretty well stumped. First of all, I’m not 100% positive North Korea is the culprit. I’m not aware of dispositive evidence (maybe the government has it) and it’s more […]

Obama Gives The Gift Of Clemency, Sparingly

by Dish Staff Maya Rhodan passes along news of Obama’s “Christmas clemency”: Obama granted 12 pardons to people convicted of various crimes from 1964 to 1997: possession of an unregistered distillery, counterfeiting, and conspiracy to transport a stolen car. Obama also commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners serving lengthy sentences for drug crimes. None […]

Torturing Her Way To The Top

by Dish Staff Matthew Cole reports on a key torture apologist at the CIA who “repeatedly told her superiors and others – including members of Congress – that the ‘torture’ was working and producing useful intelligence, when it was not”: The expert was not identified by name in the unclassified 528-page summary of the [torture] […]

Will That Cohiba Taste The Same Without The Mystique?

by Dish Staff Roberto Ferdman deflates some of the hype surrounding Cuban cigars, which Americans will soon be able to buy more easily: Each year, Cigar Aficionado, the leading industry magazine, publishes a list of the top 25 cigars in the world. Last year, the number one cigar was the Montecristo no. 2, which is […]

Masculine Energy

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy I can’t stop thinking about Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart’s essay identifying with macho or misogynistic male authors and protagonists: I’d always understood I was a she, and I never wanted to be otherwise. And yet somehow I was convinced that the disparaging things my male heroes said about women didn’t apply to […]

Cast Away

by Dish Staff Chris Mooney flags a troubling new study finding that the world’s oceans now contain more than five trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons: With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that’s nearly 700 pieces per person. The study, published in the journal PLOS One by Marcus Eriksen of […]

Exonerated, But Executed

by Michelle Dean In the midst of the hustle and bustle of yesterday’s Cuba and Sony-centric news, one of America’s ghosts shimmered into view in the background. It was the spirit of a black fourteen-year-old named George Stinney. He was executed in 1944 for the murder of two young white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina. […]

A Poem For Friday

by Alice Quinn “A Morning” by Mark Strand (1934-2014): I have carried it with me each day: that morning I took my uncle’s boat from the brown water cove and headed for Mosher Island. Small waves splashed against the hull and the hollow creak of oarlock and oar rose into the woods of black pine […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

by Chris Bodenner We missed a BOTDT last night because of a Dish holiday reunion with current and former staffers at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, near where we hold staff meetings. Before the drunken revelry, we snapped a rare photo of the whole staff together (except Alice, who joined us at the bar): Andrew, […]

The Simpsons, Eternal

by Dish Staff Marking the show’s 25th birthday yesterday, Todd VanDerWerff pens an appreciation: Yes, the show repeats itself a fair amount, but it would be hard for it not to. And, yes, the show has sort of lost a point-of-view character, as its writers have aged past first the Simpson kids and then even […]

Listening For The Voice Of God

by Dish Staff In an interview about his new book, A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock’n’Roll, David Zahl notices that many of the artists he profiles – who range from ABBA to Morrissey to Axl Rose – “point to some sense of strength being found in weakness, of inspiration being bound […]

Why Not Open Up To Cuba?

by Dish Staff Aaron Blake flags one argument that won’t get much traction – that Cuba is a genuine national security threat: Despite Cuba’s proximity to the United States (about 90 miles from Florida) and its alliance with other antagonistic countries like North Korea and Russia, Americans have grown progressively less and less concerned that […]

Face Of The Day

by Dish Staff A Mynah bird feeds its young in Sydney, Australia on December 18, 2014. By Guillaume Gros/GG.

Getting High For Two

by Dish Staff Libby Copeland tells the story of Tamara Loertscher, “a woman arrested for drug use even though she says she stopped when she realized she was pregnant, brought to court and twice refused lawyers (even though her fetus was given one), and then sent to jail for 17 days, where she was placed […]

Obama Scraps Our Failed Cuba Policy, Ctd

by Dish Staff Erik Voeten notes that, in one respect, Cuba isn’t the only country that’s been internationally isolated by the US embargo: The United Nations General Assembly has voted since 1992 on an annual resolution on the “necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against […]

Sony and the First Amendment, Ctd

by Michelle Dean I got a little unlucky with the timing of yesterday’s post about Sony, which went up right before we learned that Sony was pulling The Interview from release. And also before we learned that federal officials believe North Korea really is behind the hacks. My frustration with James Franco movies seems rather […]

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