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Who Goes to Country Music's Coachella? A Meditation on the Festival Experience

Driving east on the 10 from Los Angeles to Indio Valley, the views change slowly, shifting from less-than-scenic strip malls before eventually settling on huge open skies, mountains every which way, bright, bright sunlight, the heat seeping into the car. Once you arrive at the home shared by the Coachella Valley Music…

New Trump Spokesperson, Who Used to Work for Autism Charity: We 'Don't Know' If Vaccines Cause Autism

Say you used to have a job at a large and well-respected nonprofit, one that advocates for people with a poorly-understood disorder. Then, some time later, you find yourself working for Donald Trump, a glistening, shouting gristle mass with a history of saying terrible and stupid things. Does that create some awkward…

Jeremy Scott's Lawyers Compare the Graffiti Artist Suing Him to 'the Black Dahlia's Killer'

Moschino designer Jeremy Scott has again filed a motion to dismiss a copyright lawsuit from Brooklyn graffiti artist Rime, who claims that Scott copied elements from one of his murals for a fall 2015 piece that was later worn by Katy Perry; this time, Scott’s legal team’s absurd response compared Rime to “the Black…

Virginia Republicans Will Sue Over Governor Restoring Voting Rights to Felons 

At the end of April, Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order restoring voting rights to people convicted of felonies. Unhappy state Republicans said on Monday they would file a lawsuit contesting the order, which, according to them, was designed to bulk up Democratic voter rolls in time…

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Like His Politics, Trump's Marriage Preaches an Inegalitarian and Hypocritical Prosperity Gospel

“In July of 2002, two years before Donald Trump became engaged to the Slovenian model Melania Knauss, he visited her native country for three hours,” writes Lauren Collins at the New Yorker, as the lede of an essay on the parallels between the Trump brand of marriage and the Trump brand of politics—which puts Collins’…