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There's a war on the way women talk — and it needs to end

In May, Amy Schumer parodied women's tendency to over-apologize in a widely lauded "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch titled, "I'm sorry." A few months later, in one of its most popular posts this year, The Washington Post satirized how a woman might hedge what she says in the boardroom with phrases like …

Feminism

​Extremely Conscious and Incredibly Scared of It

Sometimes I wonder if my conditions, which fluctuate on a continuum from the height of terror to a vague sense of unease, could instead be called seeing too much, feeling too much, or thinking too much.<p>According to the DSM-V, my official diagnosis is panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, …

Psychedelia

This Scary Belief About Depression During the Holidays Is Actually Totally Wrong

Stop believing this immediately.<p>Almost everyone I know regards the holiday season as incredibly stressful, with many referencing the old joke of "No wonder so many people kill themselves during the holidays" as evidence that this time of year is the worst. However, according to the CDC, November …

Mental Health

How does it feel to sing like Bob Dylan? Find out here

Want to test your vocal mettle against the Bard of Rock? A new microsite is being launched in conjunction with the recent release of “<p>Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 — The Cutting Edge” album, allowing would-be spokesmen and women for their generation to match their singing against Dylan’s …

Bob Dylan

Conservative Pundit Shoots New York Times, Brags About It On Twitter

That’ll teach 'em.<p>Erick Erickson just couldn’t help himself.<p>The conservative talk radio host and editor of RedState.com apparently disagreed so strongly with the New York Times’ front-page gun safety editorial Saturday that he opened fire on a copy of the newspaper and posted the evidence on social …

If the Beatles could match up to Schubert, can Adele too?

It has been claimed that Lennon and McCartney’s Aeolian cadences and submediant key switches were as sophisticated as Schubert’s. Lieder may not be setting the charts alight in 2015, but the art of the song is still alive<p>It was the late William Mann, music critic of the Times, who is said to have …

St. Lucia announces sophomore album, Matter, gets “Physical” on new song — listen

Back in October, Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia, released his first single in two years, the swinging “Dancing on Glass”. This week, the CoSigned …

Ingrid Jensen On Piano Jazz

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen has built a strong reputation among critics and peers — including Marian McPartland, who praised the warmth and virtuosity of her playing. Jensen's performances as a leader and featured soloist have taken her around the world, and she can be heard with the Christine Jensen …

Lady Gaga, in All Her Gender-Bending Glory, Stole the Show at CBS’s Big Frank Sinatra Tribute

“May you live to be 100, and may the last voice you hear be mine” was one of Frank Sinatra’s most legendary quotes — one that’s currently doing …

Frank Sinatra

Kanye West and Queens of the Stone Age mashup album works surprisingly well — listen

French producer ToTom has been whipping together mashups since 2005, but his latest project just might take the cake. Titled <i>Kanye of the Stone Age</i>, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Rooney Mara and Adam Driver Will Reportedly Star in Leos Carax and Sparks’ Upcoming Musical; No Plot Details Yet, But Does It Matter?

It's been over three years since we've heard from French filmmaker Leos Carax (<i>Holy Motors</i>), but no, he was not hiding under <i>un rocher</i> (it means "a …

Rooney Mara

We Should Talk About Mental Health With Respect

In any given year, one out of every five adults in the U.S. has an experience with a mental health disorder. The tenth leading cause of death for U.S. adults is suicide. For individuals ages 10-24, the second leading cause of death is suicide. But you wouldn't know it.<p>You wouldn't know it because …

100 Women 2015: Return of a topless rebel

<b>In 2013, Tunisian feminist Amina Sboui left the country after publishing a topless photograph that caused a scandal across the Arab world. After two years in France, Amina is back in Tunis - with a new plan to stir things up.</b><p>On 8 March 2013, from her grandparents' house in the Tunisian capital, an …

Feminism

Inside John Malkovich's Eerie, Plato-Quoting New Album

Actor teams up with Yoko Ono, Ric Ocasek, composer Eric Alexandrakis and photographer Sandro Miller for experimental 'Like a Puppet Show' LP<p>Two years …

Art

Apes Throw Jungle Dance Party in Coldplay's 'Adventure of a Lifetime' Video

Band unveil '2001: A Space Odyssey'-inspired video for 'A Head Full of Dreams' single<p>Dancing apes seemed like a strange addition for Coldplay's …

Stanley Kubrick

Inside Criterion's Incredible Restoration of Dylan Doc 'Don't Look Back'

D.A. Pennebaker and producers of Criterion's DVD release weigh in on restoring a classic<p>D.A. Pennbaker still remembers the man with the wiry gray …

Bob Dylan

Too much information? The writers who feel the need to reveal all

Marriage break-ups, a son’s drug addiction, sexual transgression … what makes some writers confess their most painful secrets? Are they just narcissistic, asks Blake Morrison, or is theirs a noble quest for truth?<p>The confessional memoir is disreputable. Critics tend to dismiss it as the equivalent …

Men vulnerable to boredom, depression in retirement

John McLeod is ready to say goodbye to the working world. In February, the 59-year-old expects to retire, but there's one major flaw in his plan: He isn't sure how to fill the days and whether that could affect his well-being.<p>"I'm not really going toward anything; I'm just going away from work," …

Republicans just don’t get Stephen Colbert: Why the Fox News-watching, climate-change denying crowd can’t understand complex satire

Colbert’s ratings are down. Republicans are crowing they won’t watch him. Indeed, they are afraid to be challenged<p><b></b>When it was first announced that Stephen Colbert would take over for David Letterman as host of “The Late Show”—both the right and the left complained. The left worried that the end of …

Richard Dawkins says UK cinemas should screen the Lord's Prayer

Vociferous critic of religion says anyone thin-skinned enough to be offended by church advert deserves to be offended<p>The Church of England has received unlikely backing from the biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins after the UK’s three leading cinema chains refused to screen its advert …

Bill Murray Teams With Phoenix For Christmas Single

On December 4 NetFlix will premiere <i>A Very Murray Christmas</i>, a special put together by <b>Sofia Coppola</b> featuring <b>Bill Murray, George Clooney, Tina Fey,</b> …

Sturgill Simpson's Fighting Fan Problem

In September of 2014, I saw Sturgill Simpson play in the most idyllic setting imaginable at Chinook Fest outside of Naches, Washington. Saying …

The Weeknd Is Playing Arenas Now, but He'll Still Get You to Sing Along to Siouxsie and the Banshees

How did The Weeknd manage to sell out three arena shows in New York City and still maintain his underdog appeal?<p><i>Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images</i><p>“Wow,” Abel Tesfaye remarked while surveying the crowd from the stage at Madison Square Garden in the middle of his concert last night. “We came a long …

The Weeknd

Eating "Everything in Moderation" Is Probably Just Making You Fatter

"In Moderation"Eating a little bit of everything leads to wider waistlines.You’ve probably heard the rule that it’s okay to eat pretty much …

Nutrition

Car Seat Headrest: Teens Of Style

Bedroom-recording prodigy rifles brilliantly through decades of rock history with verve and power<p>Five years ago, a teenager who now goes both by Will …

Michael Stipe

Are You Man Enough For ‘Man Therapy’?

A 24/7 online service is encouraging men, who wouldn’t ordinarily do so, to seek help for mental health issues.<p>Dr. Rich Mahogany, a mustachioed man …

Mental Health

Sweatshops and sleeping rough: poverty in New York City 100 years ago – in pictures

Drastic inequality is by no means new in New York. Jacob A Riis was called a muckraker after he chose to spotlight the city’s poverty at the turn of the 20th century by photographing it

Watch Joanna Newsom's Ethereal, Paul Thomas Anderson-Helmed 'Divers'

Visual artist Kim Keever also contributes to harpist's new video<p>Joanna Newsom recently released her new LP <i>Divers</i>, and to support the critically …

Indie Music

New Mix: Weezer, Mike Milosh And J. Viewz, Savages, More

This week on <i>All Songs Considered</i>, Weezer is back with an insanely catchy new single that takes on everything from sexism to religion, filtered through Rivers Cuomo's playful sense of humor. Marlon Williams puts his choir boy-meets-punk rocker touch on country music, King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard …