When a poet can’t answer standardized test questions about her own poems, kids are screwed.

This poet’s struggle with test questions analyzing her work verifies what many of us have long suspected. For the record, I enjoy literary analysis. In fact, I loved studying literature and poetry in school so much that I became an English teacher myself. However, there are elements of such studies that have never sat well with me. Most of us learned to dissect poems and pick apart novels to find hidden meanings, process metaphors, and search for an author’s intent and purpose in their work. And at some point, most of us have probably questioned whether or not those authors would agree with our overwrought assessments. Even I—someone who enjoys such analyses and have taught kids to do them—have wondered …

Bret Easton Ellis: My ability to trigger millennials is insane

The former enfant terrible of 80s literature is now a self-appointed scourge of victimhood and outrage. He talks about his first book for a decade Poor Bret Easton Ellis. For someone I imagine to be rather fastidious years ago, a friend of mine visited his New York apartment, where he was a little surprised to be told not to touch any of its owners CDs this can hardly be the easiest of Monday mornings. For one thing, Virgin Atlantic has lost his luggage. Ahead of my arrival at his pristine London hotel, he had to dash out to buy deodorant; his black tracksuit bottoms are faintly marked with a stain that may (or may not) be airline toothpaste. For another, …

Millennial couple asks neighbors to provide ‘homemade granola’ after giving birth. It backfired.

via Shutterstock Welcoming a baby into your family completely upends your daily routine. Tasks you’d otherwise consider essential — cleaning, cooking, bathing, sleeping, playing Fortnite for hours — become practical impossibilities. You may well find yourself running on four hours of sleep, wearing yesterday’s clothes with burp-puke on them, struggling to scrub dishes or prepare a simple meal. Surviving the earliest days of parenthood requires a support system — indeed, there’s a whole field of etiquette surrounding the assistance of new parents. But a pair of millennials in Philadelphia posted a “meal train” request on NextDoor that pushed one man over the edge. Fortunately for the rest of us, he aired his grievance publicly on Twitter — and gave the …

People are finally talking about class: Astra Taylor on US democracy, socialism and revolution

The writer and film-maker explores the meaning of democracy in a new documentary and book, and discusses the current state of politics, from Donald Trump to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Astra Taylor hasnt always been interested in democracy. There was this vagueness about the word that just seemed to be not just corruptible but almost inherently corrupt, says the writer, film-maker and activist. I was attracted to words like liberation, emancipation, equality, revolution, socialism. Any other word would get my pulse going more than democracy. For her, democracy was a word imperial America used to sell free markets and push its agenda. Yet Taylor, a lifelong activist, says that she also always felt there was a contradiction inherent in democracy that puzzled …

Billie Eilish: the pop icon who defines 21st-century teenage angst

With a gothic-horror aesthetic and a fearsome melodic flair, Eilish has inspired Nirvana levels of devotion among the worlds teenagers. So why doesnt she feel safe on stage any more? I cant even explain it to sound normal I was in love with him, says Justin Bieber, saying that obviously every girl her age shes 17 had a Bieber phase, but that hers was special. Everything about me was about him, and everything I did was for him. It was so miserable. Its not a good feeling to be in love with someone who doesnt know you exist. I would sob all the time because I loved him too much. Teenagers are already having their Billie Eilish phase. Ask anyone …

Be urself: meet the teens creating a generation gap in music

Instead of radio or the music press, todays teens are discovering songs in the background of YouTube videos creating a new breed of superstars unknown to adults It is a disconcerting experience to look at your tweenage daughters Spotify playlists and realise that you have never heard of any of the artists. You may be aware of young stars who are hitting the charts, such as Billie Eilish, Lauv, but what about Khai Beabadoobee, Red, ohyo, Eli, Conan Gr These figures obviously would not give Ariana Grande sleepless nights, but they seem remarkable given that these artists have virtually no media profile, no radio play, most dont seem to have a record deal and they barely give interviews. A Google …

How The Blair Witch Project changed horror for ever

The movies marketing took advantage of trust in the early internet, but fake news isnt what it used to be We will never get a movie like Blair Witch did not invent all these tricks but it put them together to create a phenomenon. It is the 21st centurys Exorcist. One of the reasons we will never have a Blair Witch Project again is because well never have an early internet again. Going viral was difficult in 1999 we barely had broadband, let alone social media but it was also a time when people actually believed what they read on the internet. The marketing campaign started before filming had even begun: creators Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Snchez made a short …

Game of Thrones Marketing Is Spreading Like Greyscale

Let's be real: Game of Thrones marketing is kind of genius. These are the hype wizards who have, you'll remember, not only brought White Walkers to London but coerced more than 3 million people to watch a block of ice melt for 70 minutes. But as HBO's much-binged fantasy epic comes to a close, so too do all the opportunities to glom on to the fanfare, leading marketers to set their store of wildfire alight, covering the internet in a blaze of trailers, posters, brand partnerships, and "activations" that can make it seem as though winter is coming everywhere. Andrea Valdez Game of Thrones Marketing Is Out for Blood—Mine Zak Jason What I Learned by Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward …

While You Were Offline: Mueller Report or Bust

Welcome back! Did you miss us? More importantly, do you feel like you missed some news last week? It's highly likely that you did—it was a doozy. Not only did President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen mysteriously find new documents further implicating the president in wrongdoing, news reports outed Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as someone whom officials thought shouldn't be given security clearance. On top of that, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came under new threat of being expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy he's called home for quite some time. Perhaps we should consider this a week of old favorites reappearing in the news? After all, it was also a week where Brexit continued to flounder towards disaster, …

Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife

They survived homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay clubs and pubs? We meet the artists battling to save them On a summers day in 2017, in gardens near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, an unusual drag show took place. A lot of work had gone into the costumes, but these were not of the kind youd expect: there were no rhinestones or wigs. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The models didnt represent buildings of any great distinction, but to members of the audience they were a familiar lineup: the Black Cap, the Joiners …

Amazon claims Woody Allen ‘sabotaged’ films with #MeToo comments

Tech giant says it was justified in terminating four-film deal with director who has since taken $68m legal action Amazon has responded to the $68m (52m) breach of contract legal action In legal documents filed in the sistrict of New York, Amazon cited which he denied by saying: Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Times Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesnt make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago. After numerous actors, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Timothe Chalamet and Colin Firth, Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated …

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Lookand MoveExactly Like You

"There's this big, ugly sucker at the door," the young woman says, her eyes twinkling, "and he said, 'Who do you think you are, Lena Horne?' I said no but that I knew Miss Horne like a sister." It's the beginning of a short soliloquy from Walton Jones' play The 1940's Radio Hour, and as she continues with the monologue it's easy to see that the young woman knows what she's doing. Her smile grows while she goes on to recount the doorman's change of tune—like she's letting you in on the joke. Her lips curl as she seizes on just the right words, playing with their cadence. Her expressions are so finely calibrated, her reading so assured, that with …

5Gs Potential Health Hazard, Zucks Deleted Posts, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: 5G: Cool for your cellphone, terrible for your health? 5G, the cell phone network that promises to exponentially increase data speeds for all, might help load a web page faster but could also hurt your health. It turns out your sweat glands act kind of like antennas in response to the high frequency waves planned to be used in the service, and funding for research on the health effects is relatively slim. 5G is still in its infancy in the US though, so here's to hoping research about its potential health hazards catch up with the technology itself. Facebook had a hell of a weekend Over the weekend, Facebook poked …

John Oliver on public shaming: ‘One of America’s favourite pastimes’

The Last Week Tonight host discussed the practice of shaming someone and spoke to Monica Lewinsky about her experiences John Oliver has discussed the issue of public shaming, taking aim at Jay Leno and speaking to Monica Lewinsky about her experiences. On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, the British comic focused on the increase of people being publicly held to account for behaviour. Thanks to the internet, it has never been easier to pile onto a public shaming, he said. In fact, its now one of Americas favourite pastimes. He continued: Were basically goldfish except rather than discovering a new castle in our bowl every nine seconds, we find something new to be outraged about online. Oliver spoke about …

Elon Musk: entrepreneur, investor rapper?

In his latest bid to wrong-foot people, the Tesla CEO has released a novelty pop song about a dead gorilla called RIP Harambe Name: Elon Musk, the rapper. Age: Two days, according to SoundCloud. Appearance: Auto-Tuned and emphatically uncool. Let me guess this is just the latest weird pastime from Elon Musk, the entrepreneur. Exactly. And Musk certainly knows how to enjoy himself. Like the time he wondered aloud about taking his electric car company Tesla private, then got into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission? I was thinking of the time he pretended to start a new tunnel company on a whim. Then actually did start it, with the name the Boring Company. Then promoted it with …

Ninja Is Being Immortalized on a Red Bull Can

Oh, hello there. Nice to see you. Yes, it’s once again time for Replay, WIRED’s look at the world of videogames. This week, gaming achieved a new, weird kind of crossover success, Notch became a bit less visible as Minecraft's creator, and the scourge of industry layoffs continued apace. Here we go! Ninja Is Being Immortalized in the Classic American Art Form of the Red Bull Can Leonardo da Vinci. Picasso. Red Bull. All the great chroniclers of the human form have had their muses, and now, Twitch streamer Ninja is among them. Well, the last one, anyway. In a sponsorship deal for the ages, Ninja, Fortnite player and friend of Drake, will be the next face to adorn cans …