The Dickens of Detroit

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We see athletes whose innate talent can really only be explained as a gift from God, and then we get to watch them exercise those gifts on a daily basis. How many other places in life can you watch a genius work?

Andrew Sharp, "The Lessons of Barry Sanders"

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This is real life. You just hold on and ride.

LaTanya Richardson Jackson


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Intern Steve Conquers the Rap World by Steve McPherson

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Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like non-work?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” Historian Mario Liverani reminds us that “ideology has the function of presenting exploitation in a favorable light to the exploited, as advantageous to the disadvantaged.”

In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. It shunts aside the labor of others and disguises our own labor to ourselves. It hides the fact that if we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.

And if we did that, more of us could get around to doing what it is we really love.

Miya Tokumitsu, "In the Name of Love"

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An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis

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Is Stop-and-Frisk Worth It?

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Insult And Injury: How Doctors Are Losing The War Against Trolls

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Ryan Lizza: Crossing Chris Christie

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It’s very easy to like someone’s work, and it doesn’t mean that much; you can like something for a year and just as easily forget it even existed. But people remember the things they love.

Chuck Klosterman, "KISS Story"

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