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Study Shows Heavy Adolescent Pot Use Permanently Lowers IQ

Marijuana smokers have long been characterized as dimwitted and slow. They tend to shrug off these stereotypes as artifacts of how they are when they’re on the drug. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of enduring a pot smoker who takes you through the “beneficial” effects of marijuana on the brain, …

10 Things I Wish I Knew at the Beginning of Sobriety

<i>This was originally published on The Fix.</i><p>Everything always makes more sense in retrospect. I know that as much as the next person. Even so, I cringe thinking about how much trouble and heartache I could have saved myself when I got sober if I had known then, what I know now.<p>Then again, part of the …

Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism

<b>Metamodernism</b> is variously called a cultural paradigm, a cultural philosophy, a structure of feeling, and a system of logic. All these phrases really mean is that, like its predecessors modernism and postmodernism, metamodernism is a particular lens for thinking about the self, language, culture, …

Requiem for American Exceptionalism

If the United States no longer seems so different from other developed nations, and if perhaps it never did, then it has lessons to learn from them.<p>A reader tweeted a funny reply to my last article about American neglect of the First World War. He explained that modern viewers prefer the sequel to …

Shakespeare, Sadness-Shaman: How Hamlet Can Help Us Through Our Grief and Despair

<i>“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on grief. Our coping strategies can be among the most disorienting defiances of expectation — it’s a given that nothing gives comfort per se, but the things that bring even marginal …

Remembering David Foster Wallace: 5 quotes on life and other things

The author on what it means to grow up, to be heroic, to be wise and to be kind<p>It may seem a little schmaltzy to mark the anniversary of David Foster Wallace's death with what those of us in the Internet business call a "listicle," but, like so many others, I've found Wallace's writing to be …

David Foster Wallace vs. Jonathan Franzen: Finding truth and authenticity in an age of irony

If Franzen is our genius realist, and DFW our genius postmodernist — how might they meld irony and sincerity?<p>When you’re not ready enough, old-fashioned realism reigns. You assume that what you see is what you get and believe that the artist, yourself, and everyone else should mimic the given. But …

Sundance 2015 review: The End of the Tour – Jason Segel passes infinite test of playing David Foster Wallace

When you first see Jason Segel in The End of the Tour it looks like he’s wearing a David Foster Wallace Halloween costume. The sweats, the longhair peeking out from a bandana, the glasses and the grin. But the only people who would chuckle in recognition are the ones with some degree of familiarity …

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5 Takeaways From the Greatest Commencement Speech of All Time

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. …

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