Full-time working Americans spend, on average, 41 hours on the clock per week. A third of them work over 45 hours, and one-in-eight over 55.

In the industrial age, the idea of working between 40–55 hours per week sounded like pure delusion. We all learned about the backbreaking, dangerous, alienating…


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It’s perfectly natural to feel sympathetic, even if the circumstances causing your sympathy aren’t under your control. You sympathize with the homeless guy that never seems to fail in making eye contact with you on your commute to work — after all, one of you is sitting in a leather-padded…


Incremental reform within America’s policing systems hasn’t been working. After the Ferguson shooting in 2014, where an 18-year old unarmed black man named Michael Brown was murdered at the hands of a white police officer, six cities — Pittsburgh, Stockton, Birmingham, Fort Worth, Gary, and Minneapolis — initiated policies meant…


Disasters cause loyalists. People look to our leaders for help, and — whether they receive it or not — are easily swayed into looking optimistically towards the future. Political figures give heartwarming speeches about how we will get through this as a nation, as we “always do”, and, among the…


“As long as there have been men and they have lived, they have all felt this tragic ambiguity of their condition, but as long as there have been philosophers and they have thought, most of them have tried to mask it. They have striven to reduce mind to matter, or…


“Let us consider the waiter in the cafe. His movement is quick and forward, a little too precise, a little too rapid. He comes towards the customers with a step a little too quick. He bends forward a little too eagerly; his voice, his eyes express an interest a little…


“Eyes” by Henri Matisse, 1951.

Have you ever been sitting in some public place — say, a cafe or subway — and you glance up and see somebody really attractive? Attractive in a sense you can’t really explain. They’re just your type. Maybe it’s their clothes, or their hair, or their face, or height, or…


With the rise of Internet rap in the mid-2000s follows a new sound — one that aims to twist as many rules of contemporary rap music as possible. In his second EP, 5% Aquarium, Drool Audrey fuels the fire of modern experimental hip-hop through mind-bending trap-based production, vivid, outlandish storytelling…


Kid A was born out of frustration.

The release of OK Computer in 1997 changed everything for Radiohead. It was fascinating, thought-provoking, critiquing, and — more than anything — emotional. Eerie, allusive commentaries on modern technology’s ability to brainwash, monotony in the working world, and a sense of impending doom…


The Baltimore Orioles are awful. Have you seen an Orioles game recently? (Of course, you haven’t.) The starting pitcher is likely to be a guy in his late-20s who you’ve never heard of before, with a fastball topping out at 91 and an ERA somewhere around the high 5s. The…

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