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Jon Stewart made sense of the insanity all around us

David Remnick has a nice ode to Jon Stewart in the New Yorker this week, in which he correctly identifies the comedian as the best press critic we’ve had since A.J. Liebling. But that understates Stewart’s achievement. Over 17 years, the nice Jewish boy from New Jersey became the most interesting journalist on television. Particularly for war news—and it’s astonishing...

Video: Naked Men Try To Escape Cops After Smoking Synthetic "Weaponized" Weed

40 minutes agoUnited States / New York : Gothamist

City and state officials have been attempting to crack down on synthetic marijuana, which officials say has sent hundreds of New Yorkers to the hospital this year. And at an NYPD briefing today, Commissioner Bill Bratton addressed this...Show More Summary

Video: "Breakdancers" Surprise New Yorkers With Beautiful Ballet Moves

48 minutes agoUnited States / New York : Gothamist

The Improv Everywhere crew recently added a little ballet to NYC breakdancing. Enlisting professional ballet performers to pose as breakdancers in Washington Square Park, the dancers "hype up their tumbling routine to a gathered crowd before realizing they brought the 'wrong music.'" And it all unfolds beautifully from there. [ more › ]

Here are 4 of our favorite Jon Stewart media moments

Perhaps no actual journalist has been accorded the kind of public adulation that has preceded this week’s exit of fake newsman Jon Stewart. New Yorker Editor David Remnick weighed in, deploying elevated language to describe Stewart in terms that would probably make the comedian bristle. Show More Summary

E.B. White's Romance Tips From The 1920s Are Awfully Similar To Today’s Sex Advice

Is Sex Necessary?, a peculiar book written in the 1920s by E.B. White (Charlotte's Web) and James Thurber (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and myriad New Yorker cartoons), defines love as a “pleasant confusion which we know exists.” Loving someone, then, is analogous with confusing them. Show More Summary

Medical roundup

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Scorecards on complication rates and outcomes may reveal little about who’s a bad doctor since best docs sometimes take hardest cases [Saurabh Jha, KevinMD] “Anatomy of error: a surgeon remembers his mistakes” [The New Yorker] When parents...Show More Summary

3 THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE NEW YORKER ABOUT FREE SPEECH: In an article published in the latest issu…

3 THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE NEW YORKER ABOUT FREE SPEECH: In an article published in the latest issue of The New Yorker, “The Hell You Say,” I learned: 1) “For many modern free-speech advocates, the First Amendment is irrelevant.” That’s news to me! The First Amendment sure seemed to help in this case settled […]

Here Are the Most Damning Portions From the Big Darren Wilson New Yorker Profile

19 hours agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

The New Yorker was facing criticism Monday for publishing a lengthy profile of Darren Wilson, the former police office who shot and killed Michael Brown one year ago this month. Wilson was never prosecuted for Brown’s killing, which sparked days of turbulent clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Show More Summary

New Yorker Editor David Remnick Eulogizes Jon Stewart, 'Invaluable Patriot'

It’s going to be a fawning and funereal week for liberals, all competing with each other to see who can offer the most overripe eulogy for Jon Stewart. New Yorker editor David Remnick called Stewart an “invaluable patriot” because he took on what novelist Philip Roth called the “indigenous American berserk.” That must be the crackpot equivalent of American exceptionalism.

Why the 'ruthlessly efficient' editor-in-chief of The New Yorker never tweets

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Remnick says he is "ruthlessly efficient" with his time. And the prolific editor's work shows it. The author of six books and editor of several anthologies also oversees one of the world's most prestigious magazines, the weekly New Yorker. Show More Summary

The ex-cop who shot Michael Brown a year ago opens up about his life as both an outcast and a hero

As the one-year anniversary of the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown approaches, The New Yorker has a new profile of the former Ferguson, Missouri cop who killed him. That cop, Darren Wilson, has gotten thousands of letters...Show More Summary

In New York, Evidence of the Long Arm of the Law

The New York Police Department reaches into New Yorkers’ lives nearly 2 million times per year, and it overwhelmingly targets people of color, a new report charges. NYPD officers were involved in 1.91 million “punitive interactions”Show More Summary

McDonald's Create-Your-Taste Kiosks Hit New York City in the Gut

Will New Yorkers embrace this new fast food technology or continue to line up for Chipotle? Amid slumping sales and fierce competition McDonald's continues to roll out new initiatives in the hopes of regaining popularity with the American (and international) public. Show More Summary

Unemployed Darren Wilson living off donations, only shopping “with like-minded individuals — where it’s not a mixing pot”

The racially coded language used by the man who shot Michael Brown does him no favors in brutal New Yorker profile

Officer Darren Wilson Still Can't See How He Could Possibly Be Racist

The New Yorker profiled former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for its August 10 issue, the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Wilson. The biggest takeaway from the piece seems to be that Wilson had the opportunity to be a dumb kid but didn’t give others like Brown the same chance. Show More Summary

This Map Shows How New Yorkers View The Rest Of The United States

New Yorkers are well known for thinking their city is the center of the United States. According to one vintage map, it actually is.  The map which was recently recirculated by Redditor Ambamja, comes from the David Rumsey Map Collection, which houses some 61,000 images online. Show More Summary

The New Yorker: Jon Stewart's Heroic Run

Four nights a week for sixteen years, Jon Stewart, the host and impresario of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” has taken to the air to expose our civic bizarreries. He has been heroic and persistent. Blasted into orbit by a trumped-up...Show More Summary

Sweating Like A Ho In Church: Temperatures In Iran Reached Over 165 Degrees During The Weekend

Temperatures In Iran Reached 165 Degrees Just when you thought it was hot in your neck of the woods… Via NYPost: New Yorkers who’ve had it with the hot weather should be glad they’re not in Iran —

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