Confessions Of A Former Internet Troll

Because I was 16 and because I was angry, too readily bored and too easily lonely, and because I wanted very badly to be accepted by anyone at all, I once spent the better part of an October weekend doing nitrous oxide in a San Diego hotel suite with a dozen or so hackers and Internet trolls.

The Robotic Thai Food Taste Tester

Diplomats and dignitaries have been invited to witness the debut of a machine that its promoters say can scientifically evaluate Thai cuisine, telling the difference, for instance, between a properly prepared green curry with just the right mix of Thai basil, curry paste and fresh coconut cream, and a lame imitation.

The Internet Has A Problem(atic)

The word “problematic” is a firehose for — what, exactly? I know it’s loud and sprays everywhere, but I can’t locate its target. It is common knowledge in certain corners of the internet that “problematic” is codependent with the think piece, that short, poorly researched form of essay that exists to criticize recent cultural phenomena on usually disingenuous political or moral grounds.

The Myth Of Religious Violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple.

Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley And More About Her Wild History

In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she’s still here — and she has plenty of stories to tell.

In Defense Of Ms. Hill

It’s finally time to stop letting folks from outside of our community tell us how to feel about Lauryn Hill.

What Waldo Has To Do With Every Little Thing

Many of us have fond memories of Waldo. But while he looms large in our imagination, our childhood searches for Waldo typically stayed pretty small — Waldo is a tiny person in the middle of lots of other tiny things. And that’s what this post is about: wee things.

The Symbol Of Life Should Be A Loop, Not A Helix

The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image.

You Were Never Supposed To Hear This

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator — and its history of deference to banks.

The Reclusive, Doll-Collecting Copper Queen Of Fifth Avenue

Just before her death at the age of 104, Huguette Clark was thrust into the spotlight when news reports of her odd life sparked public interest in her finances and hotly disputed will. It was around this time that Huguette’s habits and hobbies — specifically, her passion for collecting porcelain dolls — became fodder for questioning her sanity.

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