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Reporting and Essays on Society, Culture, Lifestyle. Plus a dash of creative non-fiction with questionably funny pictures.

Long Live Cheerfulness

In her popular essay for Aeon, Mariana Alessandri argues that the American virtue of cheerfulness is fundamentally dishonest, preventing individuals from dealing with their negative feelings. But who says honesty can’t co-exist with good cheer?

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La pleine conscience, un outil oppressif ?

« Elle nous est vendue comme une force qui peut nous aider à faire face aux ravages du capitalisme, mais à force de se centrer sur ce qui est intérieur, la méditation pleine conscience pourrait fort bien être l’ennemie de l’activisme. »

Reframing Time as a creative force: What does 5.40am mean to you?

It’s no mystery that contemporary Western societies have a complicated relationship with time. Time doesn’t just flow, it flies, and feeling like we don’t have enough is often cause for anxiety. But what if we could capture it by using Art as a medium?

How To Write A Winning Product Description: Peek Over My Shoulder

Discover how to create engaging product descriptions with a practical example.

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Can Journalism Survive The Information Age?

It’s no secret that journalism is facing very pressing challenges today.

4 Amazing Saunas For A Cosy Winter In Berlin

Imagine dozing off in a comfy chair after a good sweating session.

D’abord, attrappe ton lièvre

Cet article est une traduction de l’essai « First, catch your hare: on the biological explanations for differences in sex roles » publié par la féministe Marina Strinkovsky sur son blog Not A Zero Sum Game.

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Why does everyone hate Serena van der Woodsen?

Take any rundown of Gossip Girl‘s worst characters, and no doubt Serena van der Woodsen will be sitting (un)comfortably near the top. But why is she so universally hated while much nastier characters, such as rapist and abuser Chuck Bass, are showered with praise?

Celle qui tuait les pédophiles

Malgré un pitch prometteur et une superbe interprétation de Carole Bouquet, la mini-série La Mante apparaît comme une occasion manquée de dénoncer et analyser les violences faites aux femmes et aux enfants, et plus particulièrement la manière dont notre système judiciaire échoue à protéger les victimes.

Contre le culte du voyage : le revers de la médaille

Notre culture idéalise le voyage de façon souvent excessive – passant sous silence le fait que voyager peut être une expérience parfaitement médiocre, banale, voire même déplaisante.

It’s Time To Stop Idolizing Jerks

Too often, jerks in fiction get praised and rewarded in spite of their terrible misdeeds – and this both mirrors and impacts how we respond to such behavior in real life.