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For two years I taught students in my Intro to College Writing class about podcasts. I quickly discovered that, for whatever reason, 18-year-olds in sweatpants are just not into them. That is, except for one: Welcome to Night Vale. Every section, every semester, my students named it as the one podcast they did like, the one they regularly listened to. I sometimes describe Welcome to Night Vale as the anti-Prairie Home Companion. Or rather, they are like each...
Today marks the paperback release of Lena Dunham's memoir, Not that Kind of Girl, and to commemorate the occasion, Dunham annotated one of her book's chapters using Genius. For those unfamiliar with how Genius works when it comes to annotating a literary work, rather than a lyrical one, it's... basically the same. Annotation serves to provide more contextual meaning of the subject at hand, and allows for a deeper understanding of what the hell is actually...
If you want to transform the world, you’ve got to start somewhere. But somewhere is not, as it turns out, Williamsburg. “Williamsburg is a little late-ish on the whole capitalism side,” Tom Lehman, co-founder of Genius (formerly known as Rap Genius) explains, while Ilan Zechory, another co-founder, sits next to him, laughing. We are sitting in an apartment in one of those anonymous glass condos that line Kent Avenue along the Williamsburg waterfront, one of almost...
I've been trying this new thing, lately, where I stay far, far away from things on the Internet that are designed to make me angry, and instead concentrating only on the things I like. And lest you think this means I spend virtually no time online, let me assure you that this is not the case! Not at all. In fact, it's remarkably easy to avoid stories about teenagers picking out multimillion dollar apartments...

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