Matthew Armato

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5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies: A Short Guide To 'The Half Has Never Been Told'

Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners.<p>What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that "The Half Has Never Been …

40 maps that explain the Middle East

40 maps that explain<br>the Middle East<p>40 maps that explain the Middle East<p>by Max Fisher on March 26, 2015<p>Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for …

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I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”

In 2007, I invented the term in a review. Then I watched in queasy disbelief as it seemed to take over pop culture<p>When I coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in an essay about the movie “Elizabethtown” in 2007, I never could have imagined how that phrase would explode. Describing the film’s …

Abandoned Cruise Ship Full of Starving Rats Headed For Land

A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats is floating somewhere off the coast of Scotland, ready to crash ashore and unleash its disease-ridden cargo of …

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“Girls,” Season 3: Hannah the Writer

In one of the opening shots of the very first episode of “Girls,” the camera pans slowly over two pairs of legs intertwined in a bed; when the camera reaches their faces, you see that it’s two girls. One of them is wearing night braces, and it quickly becomes clear that we’re in the realm of …

A Complete Guide to 'Hipster Racism'

There's been a lot of talk these last couple of weeks about "hipster racism" or "ironic racism"—or, as I like to call it, <i>racism</i>. It's, you know, …

Zooey Deschanel

What Is a Poem?

You read it; it reads you. An Object Lesson.<p>When I used to ask students what a poem is, I would get answers like “a painting in words,” or “a medium for self-expression,” or “a song that rhymes and displays beauty.” None of these answers ever really satisfied me, or them, and so for a while I …

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires

Years ago while interviewing an English major, I mentioned that—for many reasons—I liked hiring individuals who have a degree in the humanities. When …

20 Ways To Have A Delightful Christmas For Two

The perfect Christmas is you, your significant other, and NO ONE ELSE.

What the Gay Community Lost While It Was Winning Gay Marriage

A new book highlights the shortcomings of the campaign for marriage equality—but is it too pessimistic about what its success means for the LGBT community?<p>In 1990, 75 percent of Americans believed homosexual sex was immoral, and gay marriage was illegal in literally every jurisdiction in the world. …

How the food stamp diet is leaving the Rio Grande Valley both hungry and obese | The Washington Post

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8 Inexpensive Vacation Alternatives To Big-Ticket Getaways

When it comes to choosing travel destinations, certain trusted standards spring to mind: Paris for urban exploring. The Bahamas for beach lolling. Greece for island hopping. Napa for wine.<p>The trouble is that these popular spots can prove pricey. Luckily, there are plenty of alternative …

What Is a JPEG? The Invisible Object You See Every Day

You're looking at dozens of JPEGs right now.<p>In 2012, the photograph of Barack and Michelle Obama embracing after his re-election was 'liked' over 4 million times. That photo, like the 250 million other images uploaded to Facebook every day is standardized; it is a JPEG-encoded image. When Obama's …

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The best fashion schools in the world<p>Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London takes the first place position in this year’s Business …

The Sublime Otherness of Sharks

A new book makes the visual case for why sharks fascinate and frighten us, and for why we should save them.<p>Thomas Peschak makes an eloquent visual case for the sublimity of sharks—and also for their conservation. He notes that the media still devotes far more attention to rare shark attacks than to …

Gender as Non-Fiction

A Q&A with Julia Serano, author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive<p>"My gender is a work of non-fiction," author, activist, and biologist Julia Serano declares in one of the essays in her new book <i>Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive</i>, out on October …

California High School Awesomely Crowns Trans Girl Homecoming Queen

Homecoming events aren’t just opportunities for creepy alums to revisit their old schools and watch high school kids play football. Sometimes, …

This Town

What number dead here would it have taken to give the nation real pause? There were 12 dead yesterday and none was taken.<p>For most of the day, while …

A Message To Teenage Girls About That Letter From Mrs. Hall

Dear Teenage Girls,<p>By now, I’m sure you’ve all read this letter from a Mrs. Hall, shaming you for your scantily-clad selfies and your braless pajama …

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How Society Shames Men Dating Trans Women & How This Affects Our Lives

Guess what? Many men are attracted to women, and trans women are amongst these women. We, as a society, have not created a space for men to openly …