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Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino Pens Essay on Sexism and the Music Industry

Photo via Best Coast's Instagram Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino has penned an essay on sexism and the music industry for "Lenny Letter," the newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. In it, Cosentino discusses her experiences with...Show More Summary

How Dollar Stores Were Planted in the South and Bloomed Around the U.S.

A Family Dollar store in New York. (Photo: Random Retail/flickr) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. All around the country, a handful of chain stores with the word “dollar” in their name—the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, etc.,—have spread around the country like kudzu. Show More Summary

Does Taco Bell Hot Sauce Expire and Everything Else About Sauce Packets You Never Thought To Ask

(Photo: Susan Quinland-Stringer/ A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. Sauce packets, the dabbles of vinegar and tomato puree that make up ketchup, the emulsified eggs and oil bound together...Show More Summary

The Twisted Things People Have Done For A Klondike Bar

An original Klondike Bar. (Photo: Keith Homan/ A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. The iconic commercials from the 1980s suggested that people would perform extreme actions in the name of a chocolatey-coated ice cream rectangle, loaded up all big and thick, with no room for a stick. Show More Summary

The Minnesota Vikings are suing Wells Fargo for 'photo bombing' their stadium

FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. The Minnesota Vikings are suing Wells Fargo (Minnesota Public Radio News) The Minnesota Vikings are suing Wells...Show More Summary

Northbound Red Line Trains Run Express This Weekend; Updated Holiday Train & Photo Schedule

photo courtesy of CTA From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:"Due to repair of the Red Line tracks, beginning 10pm Friday, Dec. 18 through 4am Monday, Dec. 21, northbound trains will run express from the Sheridan L to the Howard L. The stations will remain open at this time. Show More Summary

The Great Failure of Andrew Carnegie's Simplified Spelling Lobby

An 1886 illustration of Noah Webster "the schoolmaster of the Republic". (Photo: Library of Congress) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. In their own quiet way, spelling and grammar are each forms of lobbying. Show More Summary

The Interstate Highways That Don’t Follow the Rules

Interstate 180 in Pennsylvania, in winter. (Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. If you've had a chance to ride on Interstate 180 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, you might have noticed something strange about the road. Show More Summary

Your Family Newsletter Needs An Upgrade

2 months agoHumor : Funny or Die

Your Family Newsletter Needs An Upgrade 0:30 Save the life story for your memoirs. The right card is worth at least 1,000 words. Submitted by: Walgreens Sponsored Keywords: walgreens card picture photo family sponsored newsletter walgreen camera photography Views: 5

How The Hidden Track Faded From Recorded Music

(Photo: AngeloDeVal/ A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. The music industry’s transition to digital everything has made for great gains in convenience for listeners. But we have also lost things along the way—think of record sleeves, media towers, and Tower Records. Show More Summary

View: For one Mizzou grad, recent events are a reminder of work to be done

3 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Kia Breaux and her son, John Randle, at the University of Missouri. (Submitted photo) A version of this essay originally ran in Paul Stevens’ newsletter “Connecting” and in the Columbia Missourian. It is being republished with the permission. Show More Summary

Why Can't the World Just Pick One Design for Plugs?

(Photo: A version of this post originally appeared in the Tedium newsletter. When you travel internationally, power outlets provide a pretty good reminder that you’re not in Kansas anymore. Outlets...Show More Summary

Tristan Thompson has pulled the LeBron card

Good morning. We have that and more in Monday's robust NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let's basketball. THE KING HAS SPOKEN: LeBron and Tristan Thompson both attended a wedding over the weekend. So LeBron instagrammed a photo of him and T.T. Show More Summary

The Simple, Elegant History of the Swiss Army Knife

An "EvoGrip 18" Swiss Army Knife. (Photo: D-M Commons/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. The Volkswagen Golf is “the Swiss army knife of transport.” Lavender is “the Swiss army...Show More Summary

Sorta Outdoorsy, A Newsletter That Shares Information About Outdoor Experiences Not Too Far From New York City

5 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Sorta Outdoorsy is a wonderful email newsletter that shares information about outdoor adventures, through videos, photos and first-hand experiences, with New Yorkers who enjoy getting out of the city, but not too far out of the city. A newsletter for people who love the city and love to leave the city. Our mission is to […]

Essential Politics: Photos with Hillary Clinton have price tag

Welcome to Essential Politics, a new newsletter from the Los Angeles Times. I'm Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor for politics and your host today. Subscribe to the newsletter Californians are about to get some face time with Hillary Clinton - some rich ones, at least. The former...

A Lawn Day’s Journey from Scythes and Donkeys to Power Mowers

A donkey-drawn lawn mower. (Photo: Paul Townsend/flickr) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. The recent drought that has gripped the state of California—and kept a lot of lawns looking parched in theShow More Summary

Meanwhile, On Argyle

Thank you to reader Roderick Reves for these photos of the current situation on Argyle Street, as it undergoes a year-long conversion into Chicago's first shared street. Here's what Ald. Osterman said about it in his Friday newsletter: "Phase 1 (Broadway to CTA station): Concrete work is curing and tree grate forming continues. Show More Summary

Today: A Face and a Name for Refugees' Plight

5 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES A Haunting Image The photo is disturbing and saddening: A little boy, lying lifeless on a beach, a victim amid the flight of refugees from Syria...

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