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  1. the internet is for porn
    How Smartphones Got a Conservative Nation Hooked on PornIn 2012, three Indian politicians were forced to step down after they were caught watching porn during a session of Parliament.
  2. book excerpt
    The Genderqueer Tale of “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”’s Jackie Curtis“I’m not a boy, not a girl — I’m just me, Jackie.”
  3. book excerpt
    How Chris Gethard Learned to Stop Trying to Fit In and Just Do His Own ThingAn excerpt from Gethard’s new book Lose Well.
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    The Making (and Unmaking) of Paul’s BoutiqueThe Beastie Boys made a masterpiece. And then they were foiled by Donny Osmond.
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    The Story Behind the Friends Classic, ‘The One With the Embryos’More widely known as the one with the trivia contest, it’s touted as either the all-time greatest episode of Friends, or a close runner-up.
  6. interview
    Jonah Hill and Michael Cera Get Real About Love, Superbad, and Their Teen Years“I have this footage of us from the Superbad press tour and even watching that and looking at myself when I was like 19, it’s really disturbing.”
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    Eric Idle on the Enduring, Powerful Legacy of the Song He Wrote As a JokeHow Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” took on a life of its own.
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    How Hiring a Superstar Wrecked New York City OperaThe board thought Gerard Mortier would save the company. Instead, its promises to him doomed it.
  9. beginnings
    I Love Interior Design Because of My MotherShe taught me the value of decorating a home with authenticity.
  10. cartoons
    Graydon Carter Has a Real Talent for Drawing NosesSee his cartooning debut, in Esquire.
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    The Last Days of the Real LolitaAn excerpt from Sarah Weinman’s new book tells what happened to Sally Horner after the kidnapping that helped inspire Nabokov’s novel.
  12. science of us
    Fainting Is a Pretty Weird Thing for a Body to DoIt’s crazy if you think about it (and I have).
  13. The City Born in a DayNew York wasn’t built in a day, but Oklahoma City was, in a bizarre but uniquely American government-sanctioned raid known as the Land Run.
  14. the true crime wave
    Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy With the Rolling Stones at AltamontIn just a few fateful minutes, the ideals of the ’60s unraveled.
  15. The Company That Invented the iPhone in 1990How a group of ex-Apple employees went from insanely great to greatly insane, accidentally inspiring a generation in the process.
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    Parker Posey’s Life in Christopher Guest MoviesIn an excerpt from her new memoir, You’re on an Airplane, the actress reflects on Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and Guest’s zen talents.
  17. science of us
    You’ll Be Happier at Work If Your Job Meets These Two Psychological NeedsOur brains aren’t solely concerned with satisfying basic, organic needs.
  18. science of us
    What I Learned From Interviewing All the Women I Know About Their OrgasmsWhat would they want a partner to know?
  19. ask a boss
    Job Interview Tips: How to Survive 10 Awkward SituationsWhat should you say when you don’t know the answer to a question? How do you explain you were fired?
  20. The Story Behind H. Jon Benjamin’s Failed Children’s Show, Midnight Pajama Jam“As we kept doing the show, our audience didn’t exactly swell.”
  21. Zora Neale Hurston’s Lost Interview With One of America’s Last Living SlavesIn 1931, she sought to publish an important piece of American history. Instead that oral history languished in a vault. Until now.
  22. science of us
    How Scientists Invented a Test to Measure Hurt Feelings“We found social pain could be as strongly felt as physical pain.”
  23. science of us
    When the Hidden Problem With Your Sex Life Is ADHDAs a sex therapist, I see it all the time.
  24. The Untold Story of Jaime Levy, Punk-Rock Cyber-Publishing PioneerHow a punk-rock kid from L.A. created some of the coolest publications of the 1990s.
  25. science of us
    The Vampire Movie Obsession That Made Me Reconsider How I Felt About PornLearning the boundaries of healthy escapism through Twilight.
  26. Selling Crack to Children: Inside the Silicon Valley Grift Machine“Without rampant, unchecked fraud, I came to realize, the entire digital media business would collapse.”
  27. science of us
    Changing My Style to Mask My Health IssuesAfter major surgery, I had a newfound need for people to find me attractive.
  28. science of us
    What People Who Are ‘Lucky in Love’ All Have in CommonAccording to a behavioral scientist.
  29. it's complicated
    Being in My First Adult Relationship Meant Learning How to FightIt took me a while figure out that conflict wasn’t the sign of an impending breakup.
  30. science of us
    How to Survive a Cringe AttackAnd why embarrassing memories come back to haunt you.
  31. Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His CampaignOne year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days.
  32. Tom Petty Wanted to Make Every New Album an EvolutionHis identity was strong enough to be shaped and reshaped without trading in the parts of himself that were defining.
  33. book excerpt
    How It Felt to Live Through My First Manic EpisodeI was sixteen, and I believed I was receiving messages from Michael Jackson.
  34. science of us
    Being a Funeral Director Made Me Realize the Death Industry is Too ExclusiveAmericans might have a healthier attitude toward death if people like me didn’t keep it so hidden from view.
  35. science of us
    How Self-Expression Replaced Love As the Most Important Part of a MarriageA new book argues that, in the past few decades, there’s been a dramatic change in what we expect from our spouses.
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    Gucci Mane: Mixtapes Saved My CareerGucci Mane on his major-label failure and his radical response: Make as much music as you can, as quickly as you can, and release it all for free.
  37. it's complicated
    Why Dating in Your 20s Is TerribleAccording to a social scientist studying generational differences.
  38. mental health
    The Strange, Contagious History of BulimiaThe physician who wrote the first case report in the 1970s believes it was, at least in part, a social contagion.
  39. The People Whose Genetic Tests Uncover MysteriesDealing with the uncertainty of a little-understood genetic mutation can be harder than just getting bad news.
  40. What I Know About My Best Friend’s MurderDespite what the tabloids say, she was more than just Ashton Kutcher’s date.
  41. To Understand Why We Have So Many Languages, Look Way, Way Back in Human HistoryRainfall and warfare are just two of the many factors.
  42. Cracking the Code of Your Pet’s Facial ExpressionsOne day, we might be able to read animal emotions as well as we do human ones.
  43. The Sleep Disorder That Makes People Hallucinate Their Own DeathWhen you often fall asleep without warning, it can be hard to distinguish between reality and the terrifying products of your imagination.
  44. Dogs With OCD Are Helping Scientists Understand the Human VersionIn dogs, the disorder can manifest itself as compulsive tail-chasing, licking, or chewing.
  45. How High-School Popularity Follows You Into AdulthoodYour social status as a teen can shape the way you see the world long after graduation.
  46. book excerpt
    Eddie Izzard Got Chased by Three Teen Girls on His First Day Wearing a Dress OutIn his memoir Believe Me, the comedian talks about being confronted while changing in a women’s bathroom.
  47. People With Multiple Personalities Are Changing Psychologists’ Idea of the SelfDissociative identity disorder, in which people can have multiple personalities, raises the question: What makes a person who they are?
  48. Why I Risked My Life to Drive in Saudi ArabiaSaudi activist Manal al-Sharif shares the story behind the Women to Drive movement.
  49. performance art
    Be Better at Life by Thinking of Yourself LessThe motivational power of self-transcendence.
  50. When Extreme Déjà Vu Destroys Your Sense of Reality“I routinely struggle to discern the difference between lived events and dreams, between memories, hallucinations and the products of my imagination.”
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