Tag: Culture

Report: Spotify Is In Talks To Buy Bill Simmons’ The Ringer

Music streaming service Spotify is apparently working on a deal to acquire sports and pop culture website The Ringer. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Bill Simmons-led website and its video and podcast properties are on the market, with the streaming giant apparently in talks to make an acquisition. Spotify Technology SA […]

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Can Amazon Finally Crack the Bestseller Code?

As the last decade concluded, book publishers breathed a sigh of relief. The 2010s were characterized by a series of Amazon-related shock waves—the growing power of the retail behemoth, the rise of e-books, a related Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit, and the decimation of bookstores both large and small. But publishers had survived. Once viewed […]

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The Loneliness of the Resistance Protester

The 2014 movie Pride tells the story of the 1984 coal miners’ strike in England and the unlikely partnership that grows between a group of radical gay and lesbian activists from London who organized in solidarity with the mining village of Onllwyn in Wales. After raising buckets of cash standing in the street in front of a […]

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A Clear Menace

Minneapolis’s new football stadium could have avoided murdering hundreds of birds. The City Council voted to construct it from special glass coated in a film that birds can see. Unfortunately for the birds, however, the stadium’s managers refused to use the recommended material, saying that it would ruin the sleek, futuristic aesthetic of the building, […]

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How Crystal Eastman Fought for Equality

Who gets remembered, who gets lionized, in the history of leftist politics? Amy Aronson’s new biography of the feminist socialist reformer Crystal Eastman—the first full-length treatment of her life—grapples with this question up front. During the 1910s, Eastman was internationally famous, a firebrand speaker and leader in the fights for women’s suffrage, labor reform, international […]

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Culture War in the Workplace

The proceedings began with three fast, muted raps on the door. Layleen Cubilette-Polanco’s family and friends, joined by many, many people who’d never even met her, filled every row in the small, mostly beige hearing room on the third floor of the federal courthouse, somewhere between downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront. Five months before, on […]

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