• Don't Blame the Eater

    Don't Blame the Eater:

    If ever there were a newspaper headline custom-made for Jay Leno's monologue, this was it. Kids taking on McDonald's this week, suing the company for making them fat. Isn't that like middle-aged men suing Porsche for making them get speeding tickets? Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

    I tend to sympathize with these portly fast-food patrons, though. Maybe that's because I used to be one of them.

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  • Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

    Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

    At a small corner store in northeast Washington, Nola Liu, a community-outreach officer with the D.C. Central Kitchen, whirled around a deli case with a clipboard in hand, passing out a recipe for cinnamon pear crisps to anyone who would take it.

    She thrust a card at a man in a blue knit hat who was on his way out.

    “Are you gonna make it for me?” he asked.

    “No, you have to make it yourself,” she responded.

    “I’m not much of a baker,” he said, and walked out.

    Fresh pears are a relatively new arrival at this store, which is called Thomas & Sons. Just a few months ago, the extent of its produce selection was a small refrigerated case holding a few forlorn fruits and onions, all going at a premium. The owner, Jae Chung, was reluctant to stock things like tomatoes, which would often go bad while they lingered on the shelves.

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  • Teaching Men to be Emotionally Honest

    Teaching Men to be Emotionally Honest

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  • Go Ahead and Waste Time on the Internet

    Go Ahead and Waste Time on the Internet:

    Is the Internet a waste of time? It's not so easy to say. When I click around news sites, am I wasting time because I should be working instead? What if I've spent hours working, and I need a break? Am I wasting time if I watch cat videos, but not if I read a magazine story about the Iran nuclear deal? Am I wasting time if I look up the latest presidential polling numbers, but not if I'm communicating with an old friend on Facebook?

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  • How I Loved to Learn Snapchat

    How I Learned to Love Snapchat: “I actually don’t give a shit about gadgets, you know?” says Jenna Wortham. As the tech writer for The New York Times Magazine, she imagines the future of innovation less conventionally than most. Wortham doesn’t buy into the high-gloss utopianism of Silicon Valley. Instead, she’s envisioning “platform agnostic creativity”—ways of experiencing the world that aren’t framed by a screen. (ssense.com)

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  • Two Years are Better Than Four

    Two Years are Better Than Four: Is college the Best Option?

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  • A Tax System Stacked against the 99 Percent

    A Tax System Stacked against the 99 Percent:

    LEONA HELMSLEY, the hotel chain executive who was convicted of federal tax evasion in 1989, was notorious for, among other things, reportedly having said that “only the little people pay taxes.”

    As a statement of principle, the quotation may well have earned Mrs. Helmsley, who died in 2007, the title Queen of Mean. But as a prediction about the fairness of American tax policy, Mrs. Helmsley’s remark might actually have been prescient.

    Today, the deadline for filing individual income-tax returns, is a day when Americans would do well to pause and reflect on our tax system and the society it creates. No one enjoys paying taxes, and yet all but the extreme libertarians agree, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, that taxes are the price we pay for civilized society. But in recent decades, the burden for paying that price has been distributed in increasingly unfair ways.

    About 6 in 10 of us believe that the tax system is unfair — and they’re right: put simply, the very rich don’t pay their fair share.

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  • The Other Side Is Not Dumb

    The Other Side Is Not Dumb: There’s a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called “Controversial Opinion.” The rules are simple: Don’t talk about what was shared during Controversial Opinion afterward and you aren’t allowed to “argue” — only to ask questions about why that person feels that way. Opinions can range from “I think James Bond movies are overrated” to “I think Donald Trump would make a excellent president.”

    Usually, someone responds to an opinion with, “Oh my god! I had no idea you were one of those people!” Which is really another way of saying “I thought you were on my team!”

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  • You Can Grow Your Intelligence

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