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The 30 Best Albums of 2014

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rirhe musical trends of 2014 felt so obvious in the moment: DJ Mustard beats, technophobia, strong female pop duets dominating the charts, polarizing booty-love anthems, a house music revival for the masses, LGBT voices making space for themselves, politicized music that sounded particularly relevant post-Ferguson. But when we look back at 2014, I’m not sure we’ll remember all that. It would be easy to say, “2014 was the year Beyoncé went full feminist, Nicki went borderline misandrist, and Taylor went ‘pop,’ though she’s been it for years,” but that’s just not the whole story.

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What Science Says About Race and Genetics

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A longstanding orthodoxy among social scientists holds that human races are a social construct and have no biological basis. A related assumption is that human evolution halted in the distant past, so long ago that evolutionary explanations need never be considered by historians or economists.

In the decade since the decoding of the human genome, a growing wealth of data has made clear that these two positions, never at all likely to begin with, are simply incorrect. There is indeed a biological basis for race. And it is now beyond doubt that human evolution is a continuous process that has proceeded vigorously within the last 30,000 years and almost certainly — though very recent evolution is hard to measure — throughout the historical period and up until the present day.[time-pullquote]New analyses of the human genome have established that human evolution has been recent, copious, and regional.[/time-pullquote]

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25 Books Every Writer Should Read

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The hard work, the MFA vs. NYC debate, the negativity, the importance of a good Twitter account, the parties you have to go to, the readings you have to do, people you should meet, the agents you need to impress — amid all the different ways writers have found to obsess over what it takes to be successful, we sometimes forget the most important thing of all: great writers need to be great readers.

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As you might have guessed, I am a wise, intelligent individual, and, because of these two facts, I am asked many questions about a variety of subjects on a daily basis. Today, of all days, I feel like answering one: how does one become popular in high school?

Gather ’round, dear readers, for I am about to tell you the secret to high school popularity: CHAIN-MAIL.

CHAIN. MAIL.

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Jackson Williams.