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Murakami and Flash Fiction: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Haruki Murakami’s Lonely Men Jess Zimmerman | The New Republic “It’s only when surrounded by light surrealism that the characteristic Murakami detachment can achieve its ambition. When his writing is at its best, his characters act as a fisheye lens through which to scrutinize a slightly off-kilter world that surrounds …

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Ring the Alarm: Beyoncé Gives Birth to the Twins

The twins have arrived! After announcing that she and her hubby Jay Z were expecting twins in a now record-breaking Instagram post back in February, Beyoncé has officially given birth to their second and third children. The “Love Drought” singer has yet to share the news on social media, but …

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Should We Take Online High School Courses Offline?

Years ago, when I was homeschooling my kids, I visited a school near the Poconos. I can’t remember why I was there, but I do remember the children sitting in their uniforms wearing headphones, parked in front of computer terminals. (Image: iStock/FatCamera)   It seemed that the students were teaching …

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Trump is about to break a major campaign promise

He said he would lower drug prices. But he’s embracing Big Pharma’s wishlist instead. Bottles of drugs fill shelves at the storeroom of Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare in Omaha, Nebraska. CREDIT: AP Photo/Nati Harnik During his campaign for president, Donald Trump sounded a lot like Bernie Sanders on one policy issue: …

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Black Pain: Philando Castile’s Mother Goes OFF Following Shady Verdict “THEY KILLED MY SON!” [Video]

Philando Castile’s mom Valerie Castile responds to not guilty verdict | Bossip ‘; html += ‘ ‘ + obj.title + ‘ ‘; html += ‘ ‘; elem.html( html ); return elem; }; $(window).one( ‘playlist_set’, function() { if ( dotstudiozPlayer.player.playlist ) { $( ‘#suggested-videos .ad’ ).remove(); $( ‘#suggested-videos .loader’ ).remove(); …

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The Normalization of Conspiracy Culture

The catastrophe wasn’t what it seemed. It was an inside job, people whispered. Rome didn’t have to burn to the ground. Nearly 2,000 years ago, after the Great Fire of Rome leveled most of the city, Romans questioned whether the emperor Nero had ordered his guards to start the inferno …

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A Michael Brown Movie Is Reportedly in the Works

Michael Brown‘s unjust murder by the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014 remains a moment in history that will never be forgotten.  The tragic incident, which prompted the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, served as a springboard for race relations in America and lit a flame under …

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[Opinion] Who Speaks for Whom on Net Neutrality?

(Image: iStock/theasis) When a populist revolt gets underway, it is tempting to praise activists who stand up for the “little guy” and make sure the “voice of the people” is heard in the corridors of power. Just don’t forget to step away from the frenzy to ask who is being …

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