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Aug 16, 2012 9:41AM ET
One of the most immediate reactions to the announcement that Paul Ryan would be Mitt Romney's V.P. was the ensuing debate over whether he was hot or not. Today, The New York Post's Andrea Peyser has a column on our dirty little habits.
Aug 15, 2012 5:09PM ET
Yesterday, those outside the inner echelons of the competitive Scrabble-playing world were shocked to hear of a scandal beyond anything we could have imagined, cheating at Scrabble Nationals. Some of those within the scene were less surprised.
Aug 15, 2012 8:39AM ET
In a stunning about-face, the New York Times has turned the farm-to-tables on "Très Brooklyn!" and confronted USA Today for, essentially, co-opting their term, and, for that matter, their trend piece M.O.
Aug 14, 2012 5:25PM ET
We're in a brave new world of bragging, people. Everyone does it everywhere! But the brag-brag is over, and so is the humblebrag. Enter the underbrag, the brag to rule them all.
Aug 14, 2012 3:18PM ET
Tuesday, the penultimate day of 2012's National SCRABBLE Championship in Orlando, Florida, the venerable event was hit with a scandal. Cheating!
Aug 14, 2012 11:50AM ET
It's the time of year in which we get new words in the dictionary! Not in our "despicable words" dictionary, to which of course you're welcome to contribute, but in the actual Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
Aug 14, 2012 9:58AM ET
Oui, "Très Brooklyn!" est de retour. This horrible, supposed culinary superlative first introduced by The New York Times has reared its questionable but perfectly pomaded and fedora-topped head again, this time in USA Today, which somehow makes it worse. This is not your grandparents' Brooklyn!
Aug 13, 2012 6:34PM ET
Helen Gurley Brown has died at the age of 90. Before she started her Cosmopolitan magazine there was her bestselling book, Sex and the Single Girl. Published in 1962, it sold 2 million copies in 3 weeks.
Aug 13, 2012 4:25PM ET
Some (like John McCain) may deny similarities between the VP picks of Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin, but the Internet feels differently. Here are a few demonstrated learnings and consistencies (and predictions of further consistencies) gleaned from online reactions thus far.
Aug 13, 2012 11:59AM ET
A recent Wall Street Journal essay has some tips for being a better procrastinator. You probably missed it because you were so busy attending to all of the things you do—and well, we might add!
Aug 13, 2012 9:51AM ET
The New York Post has been generally keeping us up to date on how to feel about Anthony Weiner. Today's exclusive, on the family's $3.3 million Park Avenue apartment, leads to a few more questions than answers, though.
Aug 13, 2012 9:12AM ET
Drew Magary — Deadspin/Gawker columnist, GQ correspondent, and author of The Postmortal — really needs a smartphone.
Aug 10, 2012 4:51PM ET
Today in Sweatiquette, our summer advice column, we get another spate of air conditioning debates — dividing the bill with an A.C.-happy roommate; saying no to sex when there's no A.C. — plus, how to work a sweater in the summer; and how to handle first-date sweat.
Aug 10, 2012 2:30PM ET
Researchers have been tracking pronouns by gender to see what shifts in our use of these tiny little words says about larger views of women in society.
Aug 10, 2012 10:23AM ET
Feminist Ryan Gosling, Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude, by Danielle Henderson, a book that pairs "feminist statements" with photos of Ryan Gosling, is out on Tuesday. What happens when "feminism" goes viral?
Aug 9, 2012 5:34PM ET
As predicted, there was some debate about which books made NPR's list of greatest teen novels of all time, and which shouldn't have. We rounded up a list of our own.
Aug 9, 2012 3:08PM ET
There's a piece in The New York Times that indicates we're in a whole new phase of preciousness about what we should allow ourselves to be exposed to on the Internet, and there's a parallel story that relates to The New York Times itself.
Aug 9, 2012 11:53AM ET
Because it's August and because the New York Post loves a double entendre, we get a special gift today: The cover of today's issue, "Buzz Kill" refers to a troubling situation in New York City lifestyle politics. The people demand vibrators!
Aug 9, 2012 10:48AM ET
The Oxford American is embroiled in a scandal. The short story: sexual harassment. The long story, as always, is far more complicated.
Aug 8, 2012 6:00PM ET
Boo the Pomeranian may be the most famous dog alive today. His photos are the sweetest sort of eye candy known to man, as millions of his fans on Facebook will attest. But a newly revealed detail about Boo could change everything.
Aug 8, 2012 4:37PM ET
Cat Marnell's been the topic of a lot of writing lately, but Sarah Hepola tackles the polarizing figure in a piece in Sunday's New York Times Magazine in a new way, exploring our fascination this time from a slightly more personal angle: the idea of writing about oneself.
Aug 8, 2012 11:56AM ET
Hillary Clinton did something again. What did she do? A pop quiz.
Aug 8, 2012 10:24AM ET
Years from now when we think back to the early times of the decade of 2010, we will surely think of a new wave of Internet-life in which complete and total social media immersion really began. And we'll also think of the exclamation point.
Aug 8, 2012 9:00AM ET
Think you're being cool and savvy and classy and tasteful (and minty!) when you order a mojito at a bar? You're actually ordering up a fresh and wrathful enemy in the form of your bartender.
Aug 7, 2012 4:01PM ET
Just when we thought the Fifty Shades franchise had reached as far and wide as it possibly could, the news arrives that we were wrong. There will be sweet, sweet music, too.
Aug 7, 2012 1:22PM ET
A couple of weeks ago NPR Books posted their summer poll of the year, seeking to identify the greatest teen novel ever from thousands of nominations submitted by readers. The results are in—let the debates begin anew.
Aug 7, 2012 10:23AM ET
Let's set aside our snark and enjoy the time we have with the Olympics while we still can. We've only got until Sunday.
Aug 7, 2012 8:42AM ET
The following A to Z list of most-disliked words is culled from your comments, emails, tweets, and occasionally from our own strong opinions. Actually, honestly, we're not even kidding, honey.
Aug 6, 2012 3:35PM ET
In the ongoing debate over the byline gender gap, the July 29 issue of the New York Times Book Review, the "How-To" issue, has attracted some attention, inspiring a Tumblr of How-Tos from women.
Aug 6, 2012 12:22PM ET
It's not all that rare that people in urban places end up living with roommates, for at least a while. But what about having the same three roommates for nearly 20 years?