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Andrew Sullivan on the Opioid Epidemic in America
This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.
america  culture  drugs  unitedstates  andrewsullivan  opiods  addiction  modernculture  modernlife 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Through the Outback - The New York Times
Traveling across Australia’s vast interior, our photojournalist found a land that defied easy explanations, a remote expanse filled with meaning.
australia  culture  identity  photography  nytimes  outback 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Virtual Reality Gets Naughty - The New York Times
In early 2014 Ela Darling, 31, a pornographic actress, recorded her first virtual reality sex scene. She was in a college dorm room at the University of Maryland dressed in an R2-D2 swimsuit and high athletic socks. She sat on a twin bed, next to a wooden desk, and spoke to the camera as if it were a real person. There was no story line and no other actors.
business  culture  nytimes  virtualreality  pornography 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What War Can’t Destroy - The New York Times
Years of conflict have torn at the seams of Juba, South Sudan. But the city’s people hold their heads high.
sudan  juba  photography  design  fashion  culture  africa  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Happiness Is Other People - The New York Times
The average American now spends less than four minutes a day “hosting and attending social events,” a category that covers all types of parties and other organized social occasions. That’s 24 hours a year, barely enough to cover Thanksgiving dinner, and your own child’s birthday party.
culture  development  happiness  socializing  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
This was my first look at Twitter, or twttr, as it was annoyingly called then. I was right about the logo and wrong about the service. It wasn’t stupid, it was just hard to explain.
technology  medium  twitter  socialmedia  culture 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Colin Kaepernick Has a Job | Bleacher Report
Inside the past, present and future of this country's most inconvenient truth, by way of the most controversial black man in America.
culture  race  sports  nfl  racism  remembertbrowne  bleacherreport  colinkaepernick  football  policebrutality  nationalanthem 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling - The New York Times
A young woman, wearing a traditional full-length Amish dress and white bonnet, stepped away from a farmer’s market, opened her palm and revealed a smartphone. She began to scroll through screens, seemingly oblivious to the activity around her.
nytimes  amish  technology  culture 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Camping With John Waters and His Band of ‘Filthy Freaks’ - The New York Times
The “Pope of Trash” hosts a sleep-away camp in Litchfield County, Conn. Yes, there were marshmallows, polyester and nudity.
camping  culture  johnwaters  trash  kitsch  film  cinema  connecticut 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination | GQ
Two women had the most audacious task. Killing the brother of the North Korean leader. Right out in the open, using deadly chemical weapons in an international airport. And the craziest thing? They had no idea what they'd gotten into.
assassination  culture  indonesia  northkorea  kimjonnam  crime  GQ 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age - The New York Times
The agonies of being overweight — or running a diet company — in a culture that likes to pretend it only cares about health, not size.
nytimes  nytimesmag  dieting  diets  diet  weightloss  health  body  fitness  culture 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture? - The New York Times
This summer, an engineer named Matthew Healy moved to Berlin to work at SoundCloud, a popular music-streaming service. He started his job on a Monday. On Thursday, a companywide meeting was called. Healy and his new co-workers assumed it was about the acquisition rumors swirling around the company. Instead, Healy learned that he and 172 other employees — roughly 40 percent of the company’s staff — were being laid off. ‘‘The rest of the day is a blur,’’ he wrote in a post about his experience online. ‘‘I now realize that I was in shock.’’
soundcloud  jennawortham  nytimes  nytimesmag  music  culture  technology  internet 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America? - The New York Times
What does assimilation mean these days? The word has its roots in the Latin ‘‘simulare,’’ meaning to make similar. Immigrants are expected, over an undefined period, to become like other Americans, a process metaphorically described as a melting pot. But what this means, in practice, remains unsettled. After all, Americans have always been a heterogeneous population — racially, religiously, regionally. By what criteria is an outsider judged to fit into such a diverse nation? For some, assimilation is based on pragmatic considerations, like achieving some fluency in the dominant language, some educational or economic success, some familiarity with the country’s history and culture. For others, it runs deeper and involves relinquishing all ties, even linguistic ones, to the old country. For yet others, the whole idea of assimilation is wrongheaded, and integration — a dynamic process that retains the connotation of individuality — is seen as the better model. Think salad bowl, rather than melting pot: Each ingredient keeps its flavor, even as it mixes with others.
america  unitedstates  immigration  assimilation  culture  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is Being ‘Unapologetic’ the New Patriotic — or a Form of Resistance? - The New York Times
We’re living in sorry times, people. And by ‘‘sorry,’’ I mean ‘‘not sorry.’’ Right now, the far-right website Breitbart News is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘‘Unapologetically American.’’ The shirt’s label is printed with the Breitbart logo, ‘‘Made in USA’’ and ‘‘#WAR.’’ This is a shirt that wants to be starting something. Jamming ‘‘unapologetically’’ in front of ‘‘American’’ like that, with all those aggro fixin’s, implies that anybody wearing a different shirt doesn’t love America.
politics  wesleymorris  nytimes  nytimesmag  culture  politicalcorrectness 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Alaska Warily Eyes Change Bringing Suburbs and Amazon Boxes - The New York Times
Alaska will always be different, if only by its size, climate and the grandeur of its open spaces. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s recent votes against repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Congress also reinforced the perception that people here are go-it-alone independent thinkers, shaped by their far remove from the more settled, politically divided lower 48.

But many longtime residents, writers and businesspeople here said that the sense of “only in Alaska” exceptionalism underlying this place and its identity for generations is fading. Improvements in communications and transport are shrinking the sense of physical distance. High-speed internet is reaching tiny villages, opening communities and families to greater connection with the outside world for everything including social media and commerce.
alaska  culture  culturalchange  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Two Lives of Michael Jackson - The New Yorker
Do me a favor. Go on YouTube and find the footage of Michael Jackson singing “Who’s Lovin’ You” on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He is eleven years old. It is one of his first times on national television. In the intro, he looks and sounds like . . .
michaeljackson  celebrity  culture  popularculture  music  carvellwallace  thenewyorker  africanamericanculture  racism 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
technology  children  culture  millennials  smartphones  kids  theatlantic  mentalhealth 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How America Went Haywire - The Atlantic
The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
kurtanderson  politics  culture  theatlantic 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Instagram Food Is a Sad, Sparkly Lie - Eater
How influencers transformed eating from an activity into an aesthetic
instagram  food  socialmedia  culture  eater 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The House Of Worship The Cheesecake Factory Built | The FADER
A well-funded California religious order announced plans to build a sanctuary. Then the battle lines were drawn.
california  culture  religion  cults  sufism  sufismreoriented  saranap  development  thefader  thecheesecakefactory 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Will I Get A Ticket? - Vestoj
A Conversation About Life After Vogue With Lucinda Chambers
fashion  vogue  journalism  media  lucinda  chambers  culture  vestoj 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The death of the electric guitar - Washington Post
The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care.
guitar  music  culture  electricguitar  thewashingtonpost 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Shenzhen is China's most fascinating city - Travel + Leisure
Overnight, this sprawling urban Goliath north of Hong Kong has become an incubator for cutting-edge design, a rule-breaking tech hub, a bastion of next-gen urbanism, and a leading cultural capital. Plus, the food's great and the weather is lovely. 
samanthaculp  shenzhen  china  design  tech  urbanism  culture  travelandleisure 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Finding My Florida - The New York Times
It’s a much-mocked place — but also many states in one. All of them can be
fascinating and, yes, sometimes weird.
florida  travel  jasondiamond  culture  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Hidden Radicalism of Southern Food - The New York Times
AMERICA reacts with vigor to the South, for the nation has long recognized its deepest problems here. H. L. Mencken parodied a poverty-wrecked and racism-ruined South as “The Sahara of the Bozart.” Modern debates about malnutrition have shifted from hunger to obesity. Different Southern deserts have come into focus.
farming  history  gardening  food  culture  nytimes  johntedge  southernfood 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
James Fallows Journeys Across America
Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they’re wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.
jamesfallows  theatlantic  culture  politics  economy 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion
A big biography looks at the author’s legacy of cool.
theatlantic  joandidion  writers  writing  culture 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Self-Destructive Spiral of Truman Capote After Answered Prayers
“La Côte Basque 1965,” the first installment of Truman Capote’s planned roman à clef, Answered Prayers, dropped like a bomb on New York society when it appeared in Esquire’s November 1975 issue. Iced out by the friends he’d skewered—such of his “swans” as Slim Keith, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Babe Paley—Capote began his slide into an early grave. Sam Kashner pursues the scandal’s mysteries, including the fate of the unfinished manuscript.
vanityfair  trumancapote  writing  writers  culture 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying 'the' Before Free...
Southern Californians have a distinctive -- "Saturday Night Live's" Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny -- way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405.
southerncalifornia  losangeles  freeways  linguistics  culture  sociology  kcet 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How L.A. Became A Powerhouse for Chinese Food
When it comes to Chinese food, the conversation in urban centers of America has long moved past chow mein and into more nuanced arguments about variations of xiaolongbao. But even with cooking shows from icons Martin Yan and Ming Tsai—not to mention Julia Child’s confession that she’d “be perfectly happy with only Chinese food”—awareness didn’t reach its smoking point until the 2000s.
food  losangeles  chinesefood  culture  california  southerncalifornia  restaurants 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Here's What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dr...
On January 27, 1991, at a record-release party for the rap duo Bytches With Problems in Hollywood, producer/rapper/then-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre brutally attacked Dee Barnes, the host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Dre was reportedly angry about a Pump It Up! segment hosted by Barnes that aired in November 1990. The report focused on N.W.A., and concluded with a clip of Ice Cube, who had recently left the group, insulting his former colleagues.
film  movies  music  straightouttacompton  drdre  icecube  deebarnes  hiphop  nwa  violence  misogyny  1990's  culture  gangstarap 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The ‘Real’ DFW: Three Visions of David Foster Wallace «
By the time the author David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008, he had already become a myth: a tobacco-chewing, bandanna-wearing genius who suffered under the weight of his own empathy. Since then, three versions of him have entered the picture. One is a 2012 biography by New Yorker writer D.T. Max called Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story. Another is a book by the Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, called Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Roadtrip With David Foster Wallace, which documents five days of conversation with Wallace as he finishes a tour for Infinite Jest, a novel more famous for its difficulty than for its content.
davidfosterwallace  grantland  books  writers  literature  culture  film  adaptations  criticism 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
To Live and Dine in L.A.
“To Live and Dine in L.A.” showcases the vast menu collection of the Los Angeles Public Library and celebrates the rich, as-of-yet-untold, history of restaurants and food in the City of Angels. Beginning Saturday, June 13, the project will include a major exhibition at Central Library and the publication of the first book to explore the colorful history of restaurants and menus in Los Angeles (Angel City Press), written and edited by USC Annenberg Professor Josh Kun.
losangeles  losangelespubliclibrary  exhibit  menus  food  culture  restaurants  history  toliveanddineinla 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How Snoopy Killed Peanuts
By the end of its run in 2000, Peanuts was an institution. It had become an omnipresent part of American culture, and that’s not a compliment.
kotaku  charleschultz  peanuts  snoopy  culture  comics 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How NPR Tote Bags Became a Thing
Functional and affordable, the canvas bag has become a cultural touchstone. But news merchandise today, like the industry itself, is increasingly specialized.
npr  theatlantic  totebag  culture 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Walter White’s Home Town
Driving around Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I grew up, you see “Breaking Bad” pilgrims everywhere.
thenewyorker  breakingbad  albuquerque  newmexico  culture 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Modern Farmer Plows Ahead
Each issue of Modern Farmer, the stylish agrarian quarterly, has an austere portrait of an animal on the cover
business  culture  farming  urbanfarming  modernfamer  printmedia  magazines  upstatenewyork  thenewyorker  newyork  annmariegardner  alecwilkinson.  agriculture 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Knowledge, London's Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age o...
The examination to become a London cabby is possibly the most difficult test in the world — demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine city’s 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself?
london  taxi  theknowledge  test  history  culture 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Old Masters at the Top of Their Game
After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign.
art  age  culture  artist 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Acting French
It’s hard to learn a new language. But it’s way harder to learn a new culture.
tanehisicoates  theatlantic  language  culture  french 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Steven Seagal's Fight for Mother Russia
The aging action star’s second wind abroad: political maneuvering, many guns and, most importantly, a market for his B movies.
russia  stevenseagal  playboy  culture  movies 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Moving Out of Brooklyn Because of High Prices
Even long-time Brooklynites are finding themselves priced out of the hippest neighborhoods. Do they look elsewhere, move further into Brooklyn or swallow the rising costs? Video Credit
brooklyn  newyork  nytimes  realestate  culture 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Interpreter
Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
linguistics  language  thenewyorker  idigenous  culture  brazil  amazon 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Place in the Game
Players from an indigenous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon have brought their own style and heart to the pitch, even as they struggle for acceptance in that soccer-mad nation
sportsillustrated  soccer  brazil  culture  sports  idigenous 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Hail Dayton
The legacy of the Scopes trial on one Tennesse town.
tennessee  oxfordamerican  southern  culture  scopes  trial  history 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Anxiety of Authenticity
Duncan Murrell offers a personal meditation on the music of New Orleans and its representation in HBO’s Treme—and makes some critical observations concerning the legacy of John and Alan Lomax, the folklorists who pioneered the documentation and preservation of American music in the first half of the twentieth century.
alanlomax  music  oxfordamerican  louisiana  duncanmurrel  neworleans  culture 
september 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Malwebolence
Inside the real lives of trolls–those who intentionally provoke, confuse, and generally screw with strangers online–whose pranks balance gleeful malice with organized efforts against Scientologists.
nytimesmag  trolling  culture  internet 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Big Fish
Ten years later, the story of Suck.com, the first great website
technology  internet  culture  history 
june 2012 by brendanmcfadden
THE DISCONNECT
Why are so many Americans living by themselves?
thenewyorker  culture  marriage  relationships  society 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden
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