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Last year, seemingly out of nowhere, an excerpt of Joan Didion’s notes from the Patty Hearst trial, for a piece she never completed, appeared in the New York Review of Books. It was a pleasant surprise, the gift of a passenger seat ride in Didion’s car. It also included a Didion-ism so incredible, so encapsulating that it rolls through my mind with a striking regularity: “By the time I started going to Hawaii the Royal...
I moved to New York City on June 1, 2008; I was 24. Early that morning, my friend and I packed a Penske truck with all our possessions. Dad brought us a tupperware container of peanut butter sandwiches and a giant mug of coffee, and then we drove away. In a 30-foot long vehicle we chugged up the West Side Highway, made our way to Harlem, and unpacked our boxes on 113th Street while...
There are some topics that are undeniably played-out endlessly fascinating, and as anyone who has access to the Internet has learned in the last few months, "leaving New York" is one of those. And so even if you don't follow trend pieces as closely as do those of us who read the Internet professionally (nice work if you can get it, you know?), you're probably pretty aware of the fact that just about every...
  Grumpy Cat is so 2012. So Halloween might still be ten long days away, but Hallowmeme is this Thursday, so you're running out of time to get ready! And Hallowmeme combines two of our favorite things: costumes and the Internet! But in case you haven't been paying as close attention to everything that's been popular online in the last year as I have (it's my JOB), I've rounded up a few of the years most beloved memes...

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