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For most of us, online personas offer reductive or escapist avatars of our mundane selves. But the best employ the rigid strictures of platforms—140-character ceilings, 1:1 aspect ratios, the remoteness of handheld screens—to convey mindfulness that isn’t cleanly expressed in speech. Darcie Wilder speaks with a precise, measured calm, such that during our interview I momentarily dismissed the fearless, almost unhinged candor of her online voice—the same online voice which has amassed a Twitter...
Kelly Oxford is not an easy woman to introduce. An early star of Twitter and prolific Snapchatter, she’s an LA-based social media personality without any of the stereotypical trappings one might associate with a title like that. She’s a screenwriter working on a new yet-to-be-titled Hulu comedy; a mother of three kids (Sal, Henry, and Bea) so funny their witty one-liners have been Buzzfeed-a-fied multiple times; and a person outspoken about her experiences with...
Editor-in-chief of Brooklyn-born lit magazine Electric Literature, co-founder of Gigantic Magazine, and a Twitter user truly gifted at combining memes with archival sci-fi imagery, Lincoln Michel is a master of where literary culture and the internet meet. His recent collection of funny, dark short stories, Upright Beasts, similarly blends worlds and bends rules. You are both a fiction writer and an editor. How do you balance those two kinds of work? How to they complement...
Since we've last spoken, everyone's favorite reclusive R+B genius, Frank Ocean, has followed up his visual album, Endless, with a more traditional album, Blonde. And, man... it's fucking good. The record--titled 'Blond' on its artwork, but 'Blonde' everywhere else--appeared late Saturday afternoon as an Apple Music exclusive, and clocks in at almost exactly an hour long. It's much more what we were expecting from the Salinger-esque crooner than the avant-garde and abstract Endless, but both...

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