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Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets

If you’re looking for the middle of nowhere, the Bjaeldskovdal bog is a good place to start. It lies six miles outside the small town of Silkeborg in …

How to Raise a Feminist Son

We’re now more likely to tell our daughters they can be anything they want to be — an astronaut and a mother, a tomboy and a girlie girl. But we don’t do the same for our sons.<p>Even as we’ve given girls more choices for the roles they play, boys’ worlds are still confined, social scientists say. …

Feminism

FDA warns of 'deadly risks' of the herb kratom, citing 36 deaths

The Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning Tuesday to consumers to stay away from the herbal supplement kratom, saying regulators are aware of 36 deaths linked to products containing the substance.<p>Consumers are increasingly using the supplement, which comes from a plant in Southeast …

Medicine

List: Write Drunk, Edit Sober

Write DrunkEdit SoberRe-Write DrunkAsk Your Roommate for Notes On It SoberTell Him Thanks But What You Were Actually Thinking of a Different …

Text Messaging

The alt-right is creating its own dialect. Here’s the dictionary

Vocabulary pop quiz. Define the following words: “hypergamy,” “femoids,” “meeks.” If you got all of those right, you’re on your way to becoming fluent in alt-right.<p>No political movement has created an internet dialect with the speed and scale of the alt-right. Comprised of conspiracy theorists, …

Feminism

Liberal men think they know feminism. They really don't

It’s one thing to perform respect out in public. It’s another to fully understand women are humans with their own valid needs and desires<p>Now that our culture has finally decided to take violence against (some) women (somewhat) seriously, conversations that have long happened in hushed tones are …

Feminism

Punctuating Style in CMOS 17: What’s New with Colons, Commas, Dashes, and Slashes

<i>This article originally appeared in Copyediting newsletter, which explains the low word-to-humor ratio, and is reproduced with permission from the</i> …

Creative Writing

The First Step to Recovery Is Admitting You're a Racist

His name is Charlie, and he might be a racist.<p>The night he first drove his truck the half-hour from his home in Norman through a predominantly black …

The Hedgehog and the Fox: Italo Calvino on the Two Types of Writers

Ezra Pound outlined six types of literary personalities. Susan Sontag listed the four people a great writer must be. For <b>Italo Calvino</b>, every writer exhibited one of only two basic constitutions.<p>From <b>Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941–1985</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the same treasure trove of wisdom that gave us …

Italo Calvino Offers 14 Reasons We Should Read the Classics

In a previous post, we brought you the voice of Italian fantasist Italo Calvino, reading from his <i>Invisible Cities</i> and <i>Mr. Palomar</i>. Both of those …

Appearance

Articles<p>“The word ‘cellulite’ was understood as ‘cellulitis’, a painful bacterial infection of the skin that is characterised by inflammation. It …

The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men

There are a few, rare exceptions that abortion opponents tend to allow to their hard-line rules: rape, incest, life or health of the mother, and “I got my mistress pregnant.”<p>The most recent culprit in the category of anti-abortion double-think is Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican who on …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Breaking Addicts in Order to Fix Them

<i>The Recovery Revolution: The Battle Over Addiction Treatment in the United States, by Claire Clark, Columbia University Press, 336 pages, $35</i>Though …

Political Activism

The Ainu: The little-known indigenous people of Japan and Russia

The Ainu, also known as Aynu<i>,</i> are an indigenous people of Japan and Eastern Russia. According to recent research, the Ainu people originated from a …

Neuroscientist studies long-term effects of medical marijuana

In the Lab<p>This is your brain on pot: Neuroscientist studies long-term effects of medical marijuana<p>B<p>ELMONT, Mass. — Staci Gruber vividly remembers her …

What's the Difference Between a Street, a Road, and an Avenue?

Depending on where you live, your address will end in a different designation. You might live on 10th Street, or Meadow Lane, or Red Fox Road. Maybe …

The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment’

For only $100, you can empower a woman in India. This manageable amount, according to the website of the organization India Partners, will provide a woman with her own sewing machine, allowing her to take the very first step on the march to empowerment.<p>Or you can send a chicken. Poultry farming, …

Chickens

'Gorilla and The Bird': Inside New Memoir About Being Bipolar

Zack McDermott came to New York to be a public defender, but after a psychotic break, he was forced to learn the system from the inside out<p>Zack …

It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males

Blaming “mental illness” is a cop-out — and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism<p>I get really really tired of hearing the phrase “mental illness” thrown around as a way to avoid saying other terms like “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” “misogyny” or “racism.”<p>We …

Mental Health

Brain circuit connectivity predicts relapse to cocaine use

Connectivity in the brain circuit that joins the temporal pole (TP) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) predicted relapse to cocaine use.<br>Source: …

The Passive Voice of Depression | Esperanza

Writer Michael Rafferty teaches us how to silence that pesky voice in the back of our heads.<p>By Michael Rafferty<p>It was decided that today’s lesson is …

Papyrus creator reacts to ‘SNL’ ‘Avatar’ font sketch

The man behind the font that drove Ryan Gosling crazy on "Saturday Night Live" has spoken out.<p>In a now-viral sketch, Gosling is haunted by the fact …

Ryan Gosling

My trichotillomania could be solved with a precision medicine approach

First Opinion<p>My compulsive hair pulling and skin picking could be solved with a precision medicine approach<p>P<p>resident Obama’s call for the scientific …

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

<i>View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here.</i><p>The human brain is capable of incredible things, but it’s also extremely flawed …

Critical Thinking

The ‘Hustler’ vs. the Feminist Champion: Inside the ‘Battle of the Sexes’

Forty-four years ago this month, Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs faced off in what may be the most famous tennis match ever televised.<p>A movie version of the event, “Battle of the Sexes,” opened nationwide on Friday after a smaller showing in select theaters. Ms. King and Mr. Riggs are played by a …

Women's Sports

‘Faux’ Male Feminists Draw Ire in Hollywood

It’s a tough time to be a male feminist, especially in Hollywood.<p>A few weeks ago, Kai Cole, the ex-wife of Joss Whedon, the man who created “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and who has been honored for creating strong female characters, wrote a highly personal takedown of him for The Wrap, a Hollywood …

Feminism

Joss Whedon and the problem with male feminists - Women’s Media Center

Joss Whedon and the problem with male feminists<p>If you’re a feminist film fan, you’re likely familiar with screenwriter, director, and producer Joss …

The Mind of John McPhee

When you call John McPhee on the phone, he is instantly John McPhee. McPhee is now 86 years old, and each of those years seems to be filed away inside of him, loaded with information, ready to access. I was calling to arrange a visit to Princeton, N.J., where McPhee lives and teaches writing. He …

Literature

A Psychological Explanation for Why People Can’t Move On From the 2016 Election

For a huge swath of the American population—65 million, if you’re counting Hillary Clinton’s popular votes—the 2016 presidential election was an …

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Is Bullshit

Why is it so popular?<p>Are you an introvert or an extrovert, a feeler or a thinker? For years, the go-to for this kind of introspective info has been gleaned from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a lengthy self-report survey established by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in the …

Psychology