Culture

The Most Bought Books And The Most Pirated Movies

The most pirated film of the year is a film about thieves and crooks. That sounds about right.

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Demystifying Dinner: How The Restaurant Industry Makes Money (Off Us)

The first and last item in a category on the menu sell the best.

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The Gender Pay Gap Goes All The Way To the Top

Even Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams aren’t immune from the 77-cents-on-the-dollar thing.

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What Is It About Americans and Excess

We are a country of selfies and self-loathing, lottery tickets for the poor and mega mansions for the rich.

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Revenge Giving, or Giving Out Of Spite

When you give money to a cause you know a person would hate, and you do it in their name.

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“If you’re enjoying yourself, you’re not working hard enough” (Or You’re In Denmark)

Can you imagine if America’s biggest problem was stairs?

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Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

two of the giants of our age, Portland, OR, and Uber, duking it out for dominance

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Transitional Furniture

Raise your hand if you’ve ever owned a Lack coffee table from Ikea. Keep your hand raised if your Lack coffee table was passed on to you from a friend, or found on the street, or bought for $10 on Craigslist, where you are bound to find pages and pages of Lack coffee tables for sale.

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An Interview With Kristen van Ginhoven, Who Started a Theater Company to Benefit Women

Five years ago, Kristen van Ginhoven was an actor and graduate student in theatre education living in Western Massachusetts. Then she went and read a book called Half the Sky. By the time she closed the cover, she had decided to start her own nonprofit: the Women’s Action Movement Theatre. I spoke with her on the phone about the repercussions of reading humanitarian journalism, the practical steps she took to get her organization going and what she’s had to give up in order to pursue a career in nonprofits and the arts.

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In Defense of Scrooge

aside from being a miserable grouch, Scrooge is rather relatable

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