Today’s staff picks
Homegrown, handpicked, and served fresh.
Fixing West Point
Improving the Academy is a community effort
‘It Is Absurdly, Obscenely Common’: Incest Survivors Speak Out
We must discuss a form of abuse that society has stigmatized for far too long.
One overdose story in a hospital with far too many
By Michael Vitez
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
The Multiverse Is Inevitable, And We’re Living In It
If you thought all we could see is all that’s out there, prepare to rethink everything you knew.
In case you missed it
What I Do When It’s “Just Rumors”
We all know that abuse, harassment, and worse have long invaded the entertainment ecosystem. That story goes back to the beginning of…
All Is As All Should Be
Inside the making of our new house recording EP.
The Dear Hunter
Putting the “Neon” in “Neo-Nazi”
The Aesthetics of Fashwave
The Taboo of the ‘Devil’s Threesome’
MMF has plenty of appeal, but still seems somehow off-limits
Can Psychedelics Tune You in to the Divine?
Science is dragging psychedelics out of stigma, suggesting they have a remarkable host of abilities in fighting addictions, depression — or…
Spirits in Your Brain
The Great Unknown Puerto Rican Novel
Why ‘Simone’, Eduardo Lalo’s award-winning novel of Puerto Rican identity, should be regarded as an American classic.
The Ocean Is California Eternal
A personal history of the L.A. coast
Ghost buttons: Why you should be afraid.
Ghost buttons are everywhere…but did you know they were called that?
Medium members only
Should The Robot Save The Embryos?
The Trolley Problem and objective vs. subjective morality
The most modern woman of Medieval Europe was a queen by birth, a warrior and murderer by legend
Eleanor of Aquitaine was not to be trifled with
Medium members only
Why Does the Stock Market Keep Going Up?
A great mystery of our time.
The End of ‘Matt & Ben’ as Hollywood’s Sweethearts
In the light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, it’s time to re-examine — or at least be more realistic about — that perception
White Noise & Invisible Ink
Deana Mena. Age 26. Blonde. Blue-eyed. Unremarkable. I think about her often. I wonder what her family was like and if she had a sense of…
Sexual Violence in Spec Screenplays
This essay explores examples of sexual violence in media explicitly. Please read with caution.
How One Year of Microdosing Helped My Career, Relationships, and Happiness
Recently, I completed a one-year experiment in which I took microdoses of psilocybin — also known as ‘shrooms’ or ‘magic mushrooms’ …
Janet L. Chang
On the political uses of evil
It’s strange to think of evil getting an unduly bad rap, and yet it has. “We should be extremely suspicious of the post-attack rhetoric of…
Google’s $350 Billion Haircut
The math’s not pretty on digital advertising’s future revenues. That could mean a massive devaluation for both Google and Facebook.
Which Half Is Wasted?
Beautiful Girl On A Distant Planet
In the ’70s, my best friend seemed like a prophet and a poetess from outer space. But she had schizophrenia, and as her symptoms worsened…
While Apple is taking away buttons, we found a way to add one.
Apple has never been afraid to take design risks. Earlier this year, Apple made headlines when it revealed a new iPhone design that left…
The Future of Augmented Reality Will Be Boring
Lots of people seem excited about something called AR, or “Augmented Reality,” lately. There’s tons of cool demos floating around on…
What I Learned Drinking on the Job
There’s a sign they used to post in the dressing area at some Playboy parties where bunnies and Playmates and other models would get ready…