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Not Just Any Apple

by Dan Nosowitz New York has the best apples in the world. I say this grudgingly, since I am not a native New Yorker and prefer to argue about claims to New York’s superiority rather than accept them.

Dramedy and the Grim Future of Comedy

In a recent Salon interview, Bob Odenkirk warns aspiring writers to “get out of comedy, because it’s about to collapse.” Sketch comedy, he says, is having its time in the sun now — what with YouTube, Comedy Central’s burgeoning lineup and the legions of theater sketch teams popping up all over—but the market is becoming saturated.

Checking in with the Ebola Day Traders

by John Herrman A few days ago, there was a sense among the addled death-shorting Twitter community that "Ebola stocks"—by then shorthand for a specific set of companies that mostly make protective equipment—weren't a great investment.

Screaming Females, "Wishing Well"

by John Herrman A walk-around-with-headphones track that rummages through a drawer of twenty-year-old chord progressions and flourishes and somehow comes up with exactly what it needs.

New York City, October 22, 2014

by Tom Scocca ★ Discouraging rain, dark and soaking. The plastic cover for the stroller had picked up a crust of thick black grime as it rode around unused in the bottom cargo basket.

Join Them In Fellowship

by Eric Chiu My first unpaid media internship was in the summer of 2010. Like most college students, previous semesters spent whiffing on applications made landing one feel like a reward, regardless of pay—I’d move to New York and even have the chance to write (mostly) professionally.

Ghosts Of My Youth

The first ghost story I ever heard was from my mother. She described how once, while sleeping in an upstairs bedroom in her sister’s house, she woke to the feeling of twin icicles curling around her ankles.

We Chased Another Woman Off Twitter, Good Job Everyone

by Choire Sicha @chrissyteigen twitter is a double edged sword. You can tweet jokes that aren't jokes and other people can tweet what they want as well.

Everything Except Rap and Country

by John Herrman There is something that reviewers are not quite saying about Taylor Swift's new album, 1989.

Bing & Ruth, "The Towns We Love Is Our Town"

by Alex Balk As everything becomes progressively more terrible and the pace of the progression accelerates at a clip that, each time I notice it, seems even more aggressive and unlikely when compared with the speed at which the previous increase in awfulness occurred, it seems that the few new things in which I find comfort are those which reduce or eschew altogether the use of words.

'I'd Like to Dispute These Charges, Please'

Yesterday, I received a text from my bank alerting me of some possibly fraudulent activity on my debit card.

Constant Trauma: It's a Living

by John Herrman "So companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us.

Mood Disrupted

by John Herrman Each quarter a gaggle of Bay Area venture capitalists are asked, you know, how does everything feel?

New York City, October 21, 2014

by Tom Scocca ★★ Purple sheets of dawn clouds went away, and gray, white, and blue vied for the skies.

A Brief Conversation with the Internet Concerning Renée Zellweger

by John Herrman Here Are Some Pictures of Renée Zellweger but Here is Renée Zellweger’s Awesome Response To Trolls Over Her Appearance however, this is What’s Really Behind The Ridicule Of Renée Zellweger’s Face and actually If You Looked at Renee Zellweger's Plastic Surgery, You Need to See These Photos which will remind you that people are dying, specifically of Ebola, despite the fact that This Ohio man has the perfect reaction to Ebola and anyway Don’t panic over Ebola in America that said, consider The Dangerous Myth of America's Ebola Panic because "Americans were far more likely to believe in witches than to worry about contracting Ebola" which doesn't matter if you understand the real Threats to Americans, ranked (by actual threat instead of media hype) and that you should Forget Ebola because It's soda that should terrify you because Drinking soda regularly can age the body just as much as smoking regularly although Sitting Is the New Smoking and also Wow— because The Effects of Childhood Obesity on Adolescent Health are Much Worse Than We Thought except Think You Know What 'Fat' Means?

How Going Cash-Only Helped Me Curb My Spending

The Problem I never carry cash. This shouldn't seem like a big deal, because debit cards can be cancelled if you lose them; parking meters, farmer’s markets, and even jukeboxes in the good dive-y bars all accept Visa these days.

by Matt Buchanan In this Sunday's forthcoming New York Times Magazine—which has been magically sent backward in time, from the future, to the internet of today—I have a short piece on how dynamic, demand-based pricing is probably going to become a staple of supremely popular restaurants as logistics-driven startups, of a piece with Uber and Airbnb, begin looking to disrupt (lol) woefully inefficient restaurant seating systems.

The Tall, Thin, Shining Skyline That L.A. Deserves

by Matt Buchanan For the last forty years, an odd rule from the Los Angeles Fire Department, known as Regulation 10, has required that every skyscraper in the city have a helipad for potential emergency rescues.

To Sleep Perchance to Scream

by Laura June At three in the afternoon when my daughter was about four weeks old, I hit a wall. With my fist, though not very hard, because I was trying to be as quiet as possible.

A Cool Hip Writer Who Has Definitely Had Sex Profiles Cameron Diaz

It is always hard to know what to wear to meet an icon. I imagine this is what Cameron Diaz is thinking as she heads to our meeting in a dirt hole behind a Chinese restaurant somewhere near the Lower East Side.