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Coming of Age
Chris Ballard | Sports Illustrated
"Decked out in matching NBA-style U.S.A. jerseys, each with the name and number of a U.S. president on the back, from Washington to Van Buren to Fillmore, we pose for dozens, hundreds of photos. As Americans we’re a novelty, almost an adopted mascot."
Why I'm Finally Speaking Up About What Terry Richardson Did to Me
Anna Del Gaio | Jezebel
"I would keep being the girl who could shrug it off and joke about it; no one can feel sorry for the girl who’s laughing. That is, unless no one else is laughing along with you."
24 Lingering Questions From the NBA Finals
Bill Simmons | Grantland
"What’s the best lesson of the 2014 Spurs that wasn’t ridiculously obvious? ... Five words: Don’t feel sorry for yourself."
Ulysses and the Moral Right to Pleasure
Dan Chiasson | The New Yorker
"There has never been a novel more sympathetic to every weird thing people do to make themselves happy."
A Meditation on Britney's "... One More Time"
Alice Bolin | The Toast
"Britney Spears’ music is about desire; from the beginning, Britney Spears herself has been about a prodigious contradiction, a prodigious loneliness."
Carl Wilson | Slate
"Often [The Fault In Our Stars] reviews have titles along the lines of 'A tearjerker that achieves genuine emotion,' as if the two traits were inherently at odds. ... We don’t have this attitude about movies that openly try to make us laugh, another external, physiological, otolaryngological response."