From Harlots to Medici: A Summary of All of the TV Costume Dramas I've Watched or Half-Watched 

It’s been a long winter—the kind of winter that demands the comfort of wrapping yourself up in romantic visions of the past; the particular kind of comfort that’s only found in bad history, good costumes, and a variety of regional British accents. Even though I don’t live in a part of the country that has “winter” per…

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A Homeland Security Official Came to Warn Us About Workplace Shootings and Political Correctness

On Thursday afternoon, Gizmodo Media Group’s corporate parent Univision asked Gizmodo Media employees, which includes Jezebel’s staff, to attend an “active shooter training” conducted by a Department of Homeland Security official named Kevin Peterson. It’s no mystery why any responsible employer would want to prepare…

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AHCA Amendment Would Stop Medicaid Coverage For Moms Who Don't Find Work 60 Days After Giving Birth

In an effort to make the American Health Care Act—the GOP’s replacement to the Affordable Care Act—more palatable to the far-right, Republicans added on an amendment that would make the plan even worse for women. Among the most flagrant additions to Paul Ryan’s “Manager’s Amendment,” according to Slate, is one that…

A Conversation with Elif Batuman on Freshman Awkwardness, Email, and Her Novel The Idiot

Elif Batuman’s debut novel, The Idiot, is a novel about language. Or, more specifically, it’s about language’s inability to communicate feelings or ideas accurately. If that sounds boring or unfunny, then I suppose I’m proving Batuman’s point because The Idiot is rich and comedic; it’s also meandering and wonderfully…