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May 15
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Boomer Favorite J.C. Penney Is Facing Extinction

During my youth, one of the best things my mom could tell me was that we were going to spend the day at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New York. The place felt huge; it had a Ferris wheel overlooking the food court and there was also a Chili’s on the fourth floor. But the worst part of any mall trip, inevitably, was

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May 12
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Let's Bring Back Pieing Politicians

In the opening of this Wednesday’s episode of Hulu’s Mrs. America, a rousing speech to the Women’s National Republican Club ends on a sour note when Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) gets a surprise pie to the face. “You’re a traitor to your sex by waging war against women!” yells a covert protestor disguised as a

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May 9
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RIP Roy Horn, a True Tiger King

Did you know that Roy Horn, one half of the dazzling Siegfried & Roy, once snuck a cheetah out of a zoo and on to a cruise ship in a laundry bag? And then proceeded to convince Siegfried Fischbacher to do magic tricks with the cheetah for cruise ship guests? I’ve (embarrassingly) been on my fair share cruises, and the

May 8
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Making the Monarchy Into a Real Housewives Franchise

It’s fairly common to compare the Windsors to a soap opera or a reality show, a way of playing up their problems and rhetorically dragging them down a few notches. But the flip side is true: Ultimately, any good Real Housewives franchise is compelling in all the same ways as a really juicy palace history. Both are

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May 7
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The Aggressive Visibility of Camouflage
Katy Kelleher
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When the Trump Administration released in January the army green, camouflage-print designs for their Space Force uniforms, it took about five minutes for the dunking to begin. It was funny, I guess, to see the sixth branch of the American military stand at attention in their Air Force knockoff fatigues and talk about

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May 6
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Revisiting <i>Home Comforts</i>, a Y2K Manifesto in Favor of Control

Recently, I have been very concerned with the state of my windows, specifically the grit and dust that covers them both inside and out. On a particularly sunny day, I realized that my windows were, in fact, disgusting. My usual method of a paper towel and some Windex produced disappointing results, so I turned to the

May 5
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The Haunting of Shirley Jackson

In Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, the floors and walls are unsettlingly misaligned, leaving inhabitants never quite sure how much to trust even stable-seeming surfaces. But it’s not just the physical instability of homes that haunt Jackson’s work. In Jackson’s fiction, the real horror often lies in the

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