The 50 Greatest Ideas I’ve Found Scribbled On Scraps of Paper In My Pocket After I’ve Been Drinking


Ever wondered what would happen if you wrote down all the seemingly brilliant ideas you come up with when you’re drunk? Lawrence Benner tries it.

Kurt Cobain: 20 Years Later

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The big secret of grunge was that it didn’t describe a style of music, fashion, or even attitude. It was the line where the misfits finally broke through. By Sean Beaudoin.

The Shame of Fat-Shaming


Dr. Sayantani DasGupta looks at the ways in which fat or obese patients are disregarded or even abused by the medical industry.

A Conversation With Our Man In Kiev

Roman Kindrachuk by the barricades in Kiev’s Maidan Square.

Greg Olear interviews his friend, the film producer Roman Kindrachuk–a longtime Kiev resident, whose apartment overlooks Maidan Square–on the situation in Ukraine.

Cinema’s Sex Revolution


Jeremy Polacek examines critiques about the sex and sexuality in the controversial film ‘Blue is The Warmest Color’.

When Your First Love Is Found in the Basement of a Store Too Cool For a Sign


Armed with a fake ID and a sneer, Sean Beaudoin met his first real love in the form of Hüsker Dü’s ‘Zen Arcade’ in 1984.

A Mind of Winter, and Life After Loss

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Tom Gualtieri looks back on his years at Syracuse University and the classmates who were lost when Pan Am 103 was blown up by terrorists over Lockerbie.

Going Home to Newtown

Going Home to Newtown

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post first ran on Dec. 20, 2012, one week after the tragedy of Newtown, as Sean Beaudoin returned to his hometown and grappled with what had happened.

Song Beneath the Songs: “Hey Jealousy” by The Gin Blossoms


Greg Olear on the Gin Blossoms’ troubled genius.

Lost in Time and Space: Growing Old with Doctor Who

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Dan Coxon on 50 years of The Doctor.

Eastbound and Down: Another Middle-Aged White Guy Breaks Bad


The return of the middle-aged white man crisis.

Are You Dead or Just Not on Facebook?


Mark Brand asks, where do we go to die online? And if you’re not on social media, how can you prove you exist?

Loud Talkers and Slow Walkers: A Curmudgeon’s Diary

Sometimes there are bikes.

Tom Gualtieri’s inner curmudgeon has his day in New York.

Six Things I’ve Learned from the Syria Crisis

Allah Protects Syria Photo by Bertil Videt

Robert Burke Warren participated in the collective sigh of relief that came from the decision not to go to war with Syria. And have we learned anything from the crisis? Well, yes.

CrossFit Nation


Eric LeMay explores the CrossFit phenomenon and what its military ethos says about us as a nation.

Muffingate: The Absurdity of American Politics (and Life)


Gabe Durham captures everything great, terrible, and ludicrously random about America.