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Millennials! Let’s battle the boomers and Gen Xers — who had it easy compared to us

Xers and baby boomers whine about coddled millennials. They have no idea, and it’s time to organize and fight back<p>“Stop complaining and buck up.” That is the journalistic wisdom we millennials risk encountering when we go online these days. These unsolicited advice columns claim that our sense of …

How we get Dr. King wrong: “We’ve deliberately dismembered him,” Michael Eric Dyson tells Salon

“The full story is: Here was a man who made most Americans, black and white, uncomfortable”<p>“In the last thirty years we have trapped King in romantic images or frozen his legacy in worship,” Michael Eric Dyson wrote in his 2000 book "I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr." …

“Little Failure”: Growing up Soviet

Novelist Gary Shteyngart recounts the surreal process of leaving the USSR for a new life in America<p>In his first two books, "The Russian Debutante's Handbook" and "Absurdistan," Gary Shteyngart brought screwball satirical zest to the genre of the immigrant novel. It's disorienting enough to be …

Cancer, animal cruelty, feminism: So why can’t I quit using makeup?

Makeup goes against so many of my progressive values — but also makes me feel too good about myself to stop<p>Some people cling to their guns and religion. I cling to my age-defying night cream.<p>Designer Betsey Johnson once proclaimed: “If I were dying, I would be in the hospital wearing lipstick.” …

How baby boomers screwed their kids — and created millennial impatience

Ambitious but easily distracted, Gen Y wants to be good but can’t stick to anything. It’s their parents’ fault<p>"This Be the Verse"<p><i>They fuck you up, your mum and dad.</i> <i><br>They may not mean to, but they do.</i> <i><br>They fill you with the faults they had</i> <i><br>And add some extra, just for you.</i> <i><br>But they were fucked up in</i> …

Chris Kluwe: I was fired from the Vikings by “two cowards and a bigot”

Kluwe says he was fired because team executives “didn’t agree with the cause I was working for”<p>In a long and detailed account of his time playing for the Minnesota Vikings published Thursday on Deadspin, former punter and outspoken LGBT equality advocate Chris Kluwe writes that he was "fired by …

The only way to defeat the food industry: Cook more

Journalist Jeannie Marshall explains why kids need real food<p>If Jeannie Marshall were in charge, we'd all be eating like the Italians. Or at least, like the Italians used to eat.<p>As a new mother in Italy, Marshall was ready to embrace a culture that, she believed, would allow her to raise a child …

“Anchorman 2’s” refreshing feminism

The sequel may not be as fun as the original, but its female leads more than hold their own against Ferrell & Co.<p>This week, the release of <i>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</i> reunites everyone's favorite 70s journalists <i></i>for another adventure in the newsroom. The highly-anticipated sequel from director …

‘Uh-oh, Here Comes Trouble’: The Oral History of Anchorman’s Battle Scene

The one scene from the original <i>Anchorman</i> that everyone remembers — more than the flute solo, more than the Baxter kick, more than the depressive …

Meet the 11 black female comics who just auditioned for “SNL”

One of these women might join the cast in January<p>Lorne Michaels has revealed that "Saturday Night Live" will add at least one -- and perhaps two -- black female comedians to its cast in January, following months of criticism that the show hasn't had a single black female performer since 2007. "SNL" …

Hollywood Reporter on Twitter: ".@THR Roundtable: Why Do These Casting Directors Get No Respect? http://t.co/Q4IqfGhv1j http://t.co/JVdytYQQ1M"

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From slice-of-life to sex and fighting: The long, strange history of “The Real World”

The upcoming “The Real World: Ex-Plosion” is just the latest iteration in the reality show’s journey to fakeness<p>MTV, like anyone in its young target demographic, is in a perpetual state of identity crisis; years of wall-to-wall music videos begat the celebrity-appearance driven "TRL" era begat the …

Dating with Asperger’s

My friends say I should “just use common sense.” But few pieces of advice are more frustrating to an autistic<p>There are two things you should know about me:<p>1. I have autism.<p>2. I am fascinated by dating culture.<p>There is more of a connection between these two things than you might think. After all, …

A Complete List of Nick Kroll’s Ruxin Putdowns on The League

The guys from <i>The League</i> might just be the least friendly group of friends on TV. They lie, berate, cheat, and manipulate; they also frequently nail …

Watch a 90-Minute Interview With Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin, Lena Headey, and Michelle Fairley

We still have a while before another season of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, so to tide you over, here’s a very long and very Australian interview with George R.R. …

The eighth wonder

It was a temple to itself, a venerable host and a beacon of culture and commerce<p><i>In light of the news that the legendary Astrodome faces demolition, we've decided to unlock Ted Walker's essay on the Astrodome's history and place in Houston's civic identity from "The Same Old Game,"our Classical</i> …

“Saturday Night Live” and Richard Pryor: The untold story behind “SNL’s” edgiest sketch ever

The amazing word-association sketch between Pryor and Chevy Chase capped a tense week — here’s the inside story<p>Up until the mid-1970s, the networks had little interest in Saturday late-night shows. After the eleven o’clock news, the airwaves were a bone-yard for local affiliates, the final resting …

Millennial entitlement is a myth

Their entitlement? Turns out that much-cited research on the uniqueness of 20-somethings doesn’t actually exist<p>Everybody’s down on Generation Y these days. Just in the last few months we’ve been called directionless, narcissistic, deeply self-entitled — and epidemically so. While academics and …

Marc Maron on Suicide and Getting Chewed out by Louis C.K.

Career and personal life are in the toi-toi? Considering leaping from a tall building? Do a twice-weekly podcast in your garage!<p>That's what worked …

Comedy

Why Gen Xers love “The Wonder Years” — and everyone else should too

The cast of “The Wonder Years” talked to Salon about why it’s as relevant now as ever<p>In the spring of 1988, when I was in the fifth grade, and Ronald Reagan was still president, and people wore acid-washed jeans without irony, there was much I did not yet know of life. But what I did know was where …

R.I.P. Romantic Comedies: Why Harry Wouldn't Meet Sally in 2013

One producer tells THR "the meet-cute is dead" as films with overseas and sequel potential take priority and the traditional format tanks.<p><i>This story</i> …

Jhumpa Lahiri: “I feel finished”

The author on how her new book feels different than her others, and why her writing isn’t entertainment<p>Jhumpa Lahiri is setting off on a new phase.<p>The author, whose new novel "The Lowland" is to be released Sept. 24, told Salon that "the work seems to be moving in a different direction" since she …

How Justin Timberlake forced America to love him

The “Mirrors” singer had every reason not to succeed, but managed to bend pop culture to his will<p>There are very few performers from the 1999 or 2000 iterations of MTV’s Video Music Awards who could conceivably be featured on MTV’s air in 2013. Lauryn Hill is in jail; Kid Rock is at a Tea Party …

The O.c. Week Archive

My father, Edward Said

Remembering the scholar and activist<p>Iam a Palestinian-Lebanese-American Christian woman, but I grew up as a Jew in New York City.<p>I began my life, however, as a WASP.<p>I was born in Boston to an Ivy League literature professor and his wife, baptized into the Episcopal Church at the age of one, and, at …

Star Script Doctor Damon Lindelof Explains the New Rules of Blockbuster Screenwriting

<b>Damon Lindelof,</b> the ubiquitous ­screenwriter-producer whose name seems attached to all of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, is doing his damnedest to …

Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Cast and EPs Dissect the Red Wedding (Video)

Holding off on any big announcements, the HBO drama's panel brings back former cast members Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden to discuss season …

Ted Cruz could beat Hillary

He may be a right-wing nut, but the Texas senator can beat a Democrat in a general election. Here’s why<p>There’s been some more buzz this week about Ted Cruz’s presidential prospects. The demagoguing senator took his first trip to Iowa just six months after being sworn in to office, and he’s pretty …

Ryan Gosling: “Do I look like a feminist?”

Web darling Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn talk about Internet fame and “Only God Forgives”<p>Ryan Gosling has now made two ultra-stylized and ultra-violent movies with Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The first one was “Drive,” an ambitious blend of American crime drama and …

Is George Zimmerman white or Hispanic? That depends

For white Hispanics, our privilege can always be undercut. Zimmerman bet on his whiteness — and now he’s entrapped<p>In the cascade of social media responses to the verdict in the death of young, black Trayvon Martin, the racial and ethnic identity of assailant George Zimmerman has been as bifurcated …