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Time Inc. and the Times fire their first women editors within the same year and for the same reason

Time Inc. and the Times fire their first women editors within the same year and for the same reason

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In light of the fact that the New York Times just fired its first female executive editor, I was reminded that Time magazine did something oddly similar this past December.

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Jill Abramson, first female executive editor of the New York Times was dismissed on May 14.

I read the following article in the NYT at the end of last year: “Time Inc. Is Preparing to Head Out on It’s Own.” Flanked by a nice…

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How to Hitchhike from Denver to Yellowstone in Two Days: An Essay

How to Hitchhike from Denver to Yellowstone in Two Days: An Essay

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The author with one of his benefactors at a ranger station near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The author with one of his benefactors at a ranger station near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

By Amien Essif

Stop Cars

Stand at the corner of 20th and Market on the west side of Denver and stop cars going north by using a thumbs-up or a sign indicating “Cheyenne” or “North.” Put down your sign when police cars pass. Enjoy the sound of traffic as the ambiance of escape. When…

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A Close-up of How Class Society Perpetuates Itself

A Close-up of How Class Society Perpetuates Itself

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stripped bike

Times had been tough lately. My income—a mix between freelance journalism and french tutoring—was barely cutting it. But when I landed a job as a bike delivery guy at Papa John’s Pizza I found out I could make $100 in one, long night rather than over the course of a week of rough drafts and phone calls.

But then, Monday night, arriving home from delivering pizza, and, with my fingers crossed, I…

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An Allegory About How Crime Is an Economic Problem

An Allegory About How Crime Is an Economic Problem

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I hate artless metaphors that are supposed to illustrate economic problems, where widgets stand in for real products and free markets stand in for the way markets actually work. But I’m going to try one out on you, just because this is a blog, and bloggers are allowed to be artless while still being relevant.

So here’s an allegory that represents why it aggravates me when people from the good…

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Harper’s Ads Are Lame (And I Approve)I usually keep a subscription to at least one magazine, and this year, Haper’smagazine is my main…View Post

Harper’s Ads Are Lame (And I Approve)

I usually keep a subscription to at least one magazine, and this year, Haper’smagazine is my main…

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When You Say ‘Millennials’ Do You Mean Your Rich Friends?If you haven’t read Jesse Meyerson’s articlepublished on RollingStone.com in early January, you…View Post

When You Say ‘Millennials’ Do You Mean Your Rich Friends?

If you haven’t read Jesse Meyerson’s articlepublished on RollingStone.com in early January, you…

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This Is Your Brain on Magazine InternshipsFrom a journal entry during my Fall 2012 internship at In These Times in Chicago:
The duties at…View Post

This Is Your Brain on Magazine Internships

From a journal entry during my Fall 2012 internship at In These Times in Chicago:

The duties at…

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The Gazine Turned 1 on Saturday!I wanted to take a moment to wish The Gazine a happy birthday, but it’s a weird thing to do.…View Post

The Gazine Turned 1 on Saturday!

I wanted to take a moment to wish The Gazine a happy birthday, but it’s a weird thing to do.…

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Is Starbucks the New Johnny Appleseed?No, thanks, hun. I don’t patronize corporate capitalism.
If you believe Starbucks.com, the…View Post

Is Starbucks the New Johnny Appleseed?

No, thanks, hun. I don’t patronize corporate capitalism.

If you believe Starbucks.com, the…

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At His Lyrical BestStatue of a grieving muse at Chopin’s grave, Paris (Photo: Jelle Druyts)
A Look at Two of Chopin’s…View Post

At His Lyrical Best

Statue of a grieving muse at Chopin’s grave, Paris (Photo: Jelle Druyts)

A Look at Two of Chopin’s…

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