Coffins, cockroaches, and beheaded swans: seriously, what’s up with pool floats right now?

Coffins, cockroaches, and beheaded swans: seriously, what’s up with pool floats right now?

These pool floats don’t know they’re having summer fun. Last summer, the internet-famous pool float was an inflatable pink coffin. “When it’s summer but you have depression,” one woman captioned its promotional photos on Twitter, receiving more than 117,000 retweets. It was designed by friends Andrew Greenbaum and Ian Felton as a joke, but so many people actually wanted to buy them that the pair started a company called Pom Pom Floats — now shipping…

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Andrew Yang will give a $12,000 basic income to a random Twitter follower

Andrew Yang will give a $12,000 basic income to a random Twitter follower

The presidential hopeful’s tacky yet effective method of promoting universal basic income. When I first saw the tweet, I thought it was a joke. But Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is serious about what he announced via Twitter on Monday night: He’s planning to give $1,000 per month, for 12 months, to someone who retweets and follows him by July 4. You don’t need to donate to his campaign, or vote for him, or anything…

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How Rep. Ayanna Pressley is pushing back on abortion bans

How Rep. Ayanna Pressley is pushing back on abortion bans

“My colleagues and I have zero tolerance” on bans, the Congress member told Vox. “Hyde’s days are numbered,” says Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Repealing the amendment, which bans federal funding for most abortions, “is more than my hope,” the Congress member told Vox. “It is my desire, it is my intention, it is my plan.” Pressley, who was elected in 2018 to represent Massachusetts’ 7th district, has emerged as one of the most vocal advocates of…

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Bernie Sanders is winning the internet. Will it win him the White House?

Bernie Sanders is winning the internet. Will it win him the White House?

The digital army behind Sanders, explained. Onstage in front of California Democrats during the first weekend in June, Bernie Sanders warned that there is “no middle ground” on issues such as abortion and health care, taking a thinly veiled swipe at fellow presidential candidate Joe Biden. Soon after, Sanders’s campaign and online grassroots supporters, including ones in a behind-the-scenes Slack group devoted to his support, began to spread a #NoMiddleGround hashtag across the internet, and…

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What do we do when the art we love was created by a monster?

What do we do when the art we love was created by a monster?

I don’t know what to do with good art by predatory artists. So I asked some literary critics. For a few years when I was a teenager, my favorite movie was Edward Scissorhands. I loved its spiky early-’90s Tim Burton aesthetics; I loved the sweetness of its story, hiding under so much self-conscious weirdness; and I loved Johnny Depp’s wounded, vulnerable performance as the titular scissor-handed boy, who couldn’t get close to anyone without hurting…

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Trump lowers the bar for attacking Iran after its president insults him

Trump lowers the bar for attacking Iran after its president insults him

“Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force,” Trump tweeted. In a Tuesday morning tweetstorm, President Donald Trump reversed his red line on attacking Iran — and seemed to undercut his own story about why he chose not to strike Iran after it downed a US military drone last week. According to Trump’s own telling, he called off a planned missile strike on Iran last Thursday because he…

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In Fall, Neal Stephenson does Paradise Lost with computers

In Fall, Neal Stephenson does Paradise Lost with computers

Stephenson’s latest is a luxuriously expansive thought experiment — until the end. For years, I’ve been intimidated by science fiction author Neal Stephenson, mostly because the main thing I’ve always known about him is that his books are really, really long. At the bookstore, his massive doorstopper-size hardcovers would loom menacingly over the rest of the sci-fi section like they were going to crush all the smaller, more reasonably sized novels back into wood pulp,…

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