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T-Mobile CEO Legere on iPhone Bendgate: It's horse dung

Sometimes, you need to curse to make your point.<p>In the case of T-Mobile CEO John Legere, a curseless statement is rarer than a polar bear in Silicon Valley.<p>It's heartening, then, that he dedicated the full force of his lexicon to the phenomenon known as Bendgate. In this, an iPhone 6 Plus was said …

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How should you choose what commenting platform (if any) to use on your news site? » Nieman Journalism Lab

The American Press Institute’s Lisa Zimmermann has a detailed piece that tries to answer that question. And the solutions don’t always have to involve big investments in technology; here’s one take from Spokane:<p>The Spokesman-Review in Washington State changed its commenting policy in August 2014. …

Business model lessons, from Ello to news companies » Nieman Journalism Lab

Ello is the new anti-Facebook social network du jour (remember Crabgrass? Diaspora?) that’s attracting attention for its strong stance against advertising and advertising-related data harvesting as a business model. Will it actually be a success? Ben Thompson says no and, in the process of …

Translating a Novel of Sadism

“A Sentimental Novel,” the final published work of the novelist and theorist Alain Robbe-Grillet, appeared in France four months before his death, in 2008, and in English translation last spring. The content of the novel contributed to the lag in its translation: “A Sentimental Novel” (reviewed …

Poetry Podcast: Rae Armantrout Reads Susan Wheeler

On the latest Poetry Podcast, Rae Armantrout reads from Susan Wheeler’s poem “The Split,” in which the speaker bids farewell to a group of deceased acquaintances:<p>’Bye, motorcycle David.<br>’Bye, you bright spirits, born of my friends. Jimmy. Nathalie.<br>’Bye, beautiful one, your father said your pink skin …

This Week in Fiction: Kevin Canty

<i>“Story, with Bird,” in this week’s issue, features both a bird and a couple whose relationship is fracturing. Which one of those came first when you were thinking about the story—the bird or the couple?</i><p>I had that couple and their situation kicking around in my head for a few years before I was …

Books to Watch Out For: October

<i>Notes from the book closet on new and forthcoming titles that caught our eye.</i><p><b>“The Vulgar Tongue: Green’s History of Slang” (Oxford University Press), by Jonathon Green, out October 1st.</b> Jonathon Green has been studying slang for more than thirty years and is the author of the three-volume “Green’s …

The Creative Life

How is the life of a creative person—an artist, a designer, a composer—related to his or her work? This week, we’ve brought together stories from the archive that explore that question. Some, like Janet Malcolm’s Profile of the painter David Salle, speak to the elusiveness of the artist’s “real” …

Lars Iyer’s ‘Wittgenstein Jr.’ Plumbs the Deep Fun of Philosophical Fiction

Reading a Lars Iyer novel, you find yourself becoming one with the author and his obsessions. When he’s at his best, the results are strangely, …

Exclusive: Watch a Clip From ‘Birdman,’ Featuring an Award-Worthy Turn by Michael Keaton

Birdman features Michael Keaton as a fading star known for playing the titular superhero who’s attempting a comeback. Check out a sneak peek of one …

How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso

Screening and celebrating silent movies is a tough business. But in Jersey City the fight goes on, with fabulous organ accompaniment.<p>Theater organs …

The Man Behind Marilyn Malkovich

In their most successful collaboration, photographer Sandro Miller transformed John Malkovich into the subjects of iconic photos. But that’s not even …

Ben Affleck Delivers the Best Performance of His Career in ‘Gone Girl’

Turns out that killer smile is good for something: Ben Affleck delivers the performance of his career as suspected wife murderer Nick Dunne in “Gone …

Viral Video of the Day: How People Really Use Their GoPro

Because not everyone BASE jumps<p>Most GoPro videos that go viral usually feature people involved in some sort of extreme activities—biking, …

Book Bag: Gritty Stories From the Real Montana

Novelist Carrie La Seur recommends five books from writers unafraid to record the violence, racism, and poverty that are as much a part of the West …

Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep

Yes, Adam Levine’s new music video is gory and over-the-top—and you have your own Game of Thrones addiction to thank for it.<p>There was a time when the …

‘Stalker’ Is an Awful Warning Against the Evils of Misogyny

The real meat of “Stalker” is not gruesome violence against women—it’s the pseudo-intellectual conversation about misogyny.<p><i>Stalker</i> isn’t misogynistic …

ISIS Thugs Behead Peter Kassig

The Peter Kassig I knew was brave, intense, and knew the risks he faced as he attempted to help as many Syrians as possible.<p><i>Editor’s note: ISIS</i> …

Shark Deathmatch, Crazy ‘Simpsons’ Couch Gag, and More Viral Videos

From a terrifying Great White Shark Deathmatch to the weirdest (and funniest) Simpsons couch gag ever, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest …

The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark

It wasn’t until 2008 that a tiny dot in the Channel Islands gave up its feudal system…and then only formally. On Sark, horses and carts and feudal …

Can America Still Win Wars?

Public skepticism about war is healthy. But civic cynicism is not, and it means we can never be the unified country we were in World War II.<p>Remember …

Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set

Mixxxer matches people up for one thing: sex. Hot, sweaty, smartphone-lubricated sex. Lest anyone be confused, the site clearly states: ‘This is not …