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Do We Still Need Codes of Etiquette?

Rather than focus on specialized dinner forks or individual pet peeves, modern etiquette must be for the sake of others’ comfort and well-being.

I Pledge Allegiance…

Reflections on flag-worship.

The Sinister Politics of ‘Pass it On’ Billboards

The inspirational yet vacuous fare that makes a fetish out of individual grit and achievement is funded by a right-wing billionaire who wants you to forget about systemic causes of injustice.

Why I’m Preparing to Die—And Why You Should, Too

Most people don’t want to think about preparing for death. But we’re all “future corpses” and need to plan accordingly.

We Need Empathy, Not Just Etiquette, On The Subway

Jordan Neely’s murder is a reminder that we need more than just civility toward other people in public. We actually need to give a damn about them.

Why Would Anyone Join the ‘NoFap’ Movement?

The ‘nofap’ challenge, in which participants don’t masturbate or watch porn, has grown into a large online movement. David S. Smith explains the theory behind the challenge, the gender politics of these online groups, and whether they are part of the larger ‘manosphere.’

The Art of Resurrection

To know how a car works and how to repair it is to liberate oneself from an endless cycle of consumption.

The Allure of Shipwrecks

On the incomparable experience of prowling through sunken vessels.

We’re Not Alone in the Universe

Aliens are almost certainly out there. Let’s hope they’re not like us.

American Fugitive

A story about race, power, and getting free.

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