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Carrie Fisher Taught Everyone That Girls Could Lead Rebellions

My first memory of Carrie Fisher is the same as a lot of people my age: Princess Leia — or, as her fans have come…

How Trump Critics Are Repeating the Mistakes of Obama Critics

Contrary to popular opinion, Twitter doesn’t lend itself to rants. In fact, one of its early charms was its necessitated brevity, which meant that even…

Gradient’s Best 20 Albums of 2016

For all the squawking about how 2016 was the worst year in history — a designation that can be debated, but not easily refuted —…

Is Donald Trump Actually Prince John from Robin Hood?

It’s a claim too wild to be believed. Surely President-elect Donald Trump, ostensibly grown man in the twenty-first century, couldn’t actually be a villainous cartoon…

‘You’re the Worst’ Takes Depression Seriously By Making It Funny

For those of you who don’t know me, I should probably go ahead and let you know one thing: I have anxiety. Not the nerves-before-a-piano-recital…

When I Realized There Is Nothing Magical About Traveling

I was a starry-eyed nineteen-year-old when I began dreaming of living in Paris. Backed with an elementary understanding of French and fevered obsession with the…

How Sitcoms Gave Me Unrealistic Expectations For Friendships

“A nd yes, attendance is mandatory,” Nick Miller says to his roommates as he reminds them all that he’s just been dumped and needs them…

9 Tinder Mistakes You’re Still Making

I’ve been using Tinder for about 3 years now. During that time, I’ve deleted and re-downloaded the app more times than I would admit even…

# Little Ways to Have a Better Life

1. Wake up earlier. Start by getting up a half hour earlier than usual. Then an hour. Then 90 minutes. Get up early enough that…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Pulling at a Party

Pulling at a house party isn’t always a walk in the park. Pulling in the park? Even more difficult. But let’s stay focused. Getting lucky at a…

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