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Cocktail Hour

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We discover the cocktail's historical origins, its etymological connection to a horse's butt, and its rocky history, post-Prohibition. Read the rest

How we developed a black woman protagonist who mattered

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Diverse characters are important, even in mobile shooters and other surprising genres Read the rest

Toddy Tee's Batterram

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In the early 80s the LAPD would drive tanks through homes suspected of being crack dens. Batterram was Toddy Tee's rap response to this moment in history. Read the rest

Take control of the media with this media and news literacy course

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We're in an age of information overload, and too much of what we watch, hear and read is mistaken, deceitful or even dangerous. Yet you and I can take control and make media serve us — all of us — by being active consumers and participants. Here's how. Read the rest

Shadowshaper: outstanding supernatural YA contemporary fantasy

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Daniel José Older's debut novel Shadowshaper is a thrilling supernatural YA novel with a diverse, likable cast of characters whose peril can only be averted through acceptance, true friendship and an embrace of their identity. Read the rest

Why I'm leaving London

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My family is moving to Los Angeles in two weeks. Many Londoners understand intuitively why we're going. Read the rest

For Sale: 1975 BMW R75/6, "likely haunted"

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I've had an interesting run with this motorcycle. It is probably haunted, and really doesn't want to go to Los Angeles. Read the rest

The True History of the Confederate Flag

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the true history of the Confederate flag is revealed. And it's all about Culture and Heritage! Read the rest

How we learn to be helpless—and unlearn it

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Learned helplessness keeps people in bad jobs, poor health, terrible relationships, and awful circumstances despite how easy it may be to escape. Learn how to defeat this psychological trap, thanks to the work of Martin Seligman. Read the rest

Video games without people of color are not 'neutral'

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The myth of white neutrality persists in the world of gaming, where black characters in fantasy games can be deemed less "realistic" than dragons. Read the rest

Digital Rights Management Funnies and MORE!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Percival Dunwoody, Chaos Butterfly, Marital Mirth and more! Read the rest

Last Man 2: epic French manga gets even better

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In March 2015, Firstsecond books published its English translation of the first volume of Lastman, the spectacularly successful French martial arts comic; they're bringing out the rest of the books on an aggressive schedule, with Book 2: The Royal Cup coming out today. Read the rest

The 10 coolest things from E3 that weren't video game sequels

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A lot of exciting things happened at E3 that weren't big-budget sequels. Like yarn, robot dinosaurs, and a giant, awesome dog. Read the rest

Pirate treasure is real. Here's how we found it.

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A Golden Age shipwreck, the rarest of finds, lay waiting in the deep to be found. But even after hundreds of years, time can run out… Read the rest

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Attention, Subjects of the Global Corporatocracy

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH your Global Corporatocracy commands you to shut up, accept the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and await further instructions. Read the rest

Memento Mori: the beautiful ways we have kept the dead among the living

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Art historian Paul Koudounaris travelled the world, visiting 30 countries to document the practices—ancient to modern, solemn to joyous—by which human remains are displayed. From good luck charms to genocide memorials, his gorgeous art book Memento Mori collects the finds. Read the rest

A brief visit to Cuba

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As the illegality of visiting the island slips into history, I thought I'd enjoy it before everything changes Read the rest