A Blog Post About Death

David Rakoff and Christopher Hitchens . . . straddled the problem of narrative, shaping the story of their own death and through that process making their way towards acceptance of the incomprehensibility of actually dying. Even when accepted, actually dying does not become comprehensible.

Little Corpse On The Prairie

This is a story of the domestication of violence, of how the dark and malevolent is less likely to exist in the grimace of some supervillain in a top hat, and more in the strange smell coming from your neighbors’ basement.

Destination Partying

Experiencing a tourist scene is its own kind of tourism.

Reading a Book by its Cover

A fashion guide inspired by ruined literary hero(in)es.

What it Sounds Like After You’ve Gone Soaring

There’s a new trend in pop music: a sibilant, machine-like, static white-noise. Since these things are supposed have names, let’s call it “the fizz.”

Pussy Riot in Translation

A look back at the beginning of l’affaire Pussy Riot in the wake of their sentencing.

Manufacturing Memories

The document shapes our memory, and our knowledge of the potential for documentation shapes our present and future. I make my Facebook profile? My Facebook profile makes me? Things are getting messy.

What Your Man REALLY Means

When he asks “Where are you going?” he really means “Why haven’t you bought me a gun yet?”

Mitt Romney Nut Taps Across Europe

A series of nut-tap gaffes by presidential candidate Mitt Romney has resulted in a diplomatic imbroglio.

A Memorial in Washington

That Washington is a city riven by stark divisions — of class, of race, of opportunity — is a fact sadly beyond dispute. Yet the recent AIDS conference did draw attention to one of the city’s most troubling fault lines — the deadly geography of HIV/AIDS.