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Lynn Stuart Parramore

Nov 08 2016

Commentary: 11 most surreal moments in a presidential race from hell

When America staggers to the polls on Tuesday, it will mark the end of a political season that has felt at times as if Hieronymus Bosch were directing episodes of “Crossfire” crosscut with “The Anna Nicole Show.”

Oct 10 2016

Commentary: House of Lies — the uncanny allure of 'Girl on the Train'

Everybody lies. Studies show that we engage in deception two times day on average — and that’s not just “yes-your-hair-looks-great” pleasantries, but actual lies meant to mislead people on matters of at least passing consequence. And here’s an even more unsettling bit of news: The closer the relationship, the bigger the whoppers. As University of Virginia psychologist Bella DePaulo puts it, “"You save your really big lies for the person that you're closest to.” Ouch.

Aug 02 2016

Commentary: This 'Ghostbusters' offers a new answer to a scarier world

The new "Star Trek" movie may have zoomed past Paul Feig’s "Ghostbusters" reboot in theaters. But controversy surrounding the remake, including an outpouring of fanboy disparagement (even Donald Trump chimed in), and the racist and sexist Twitter trolling of actress Leslie Jones suggest that cultural reverberations continue to echo.

May 25 2016

Commentary: Can Donald Trump buzz his way to the White House?

Creating buzz -- that curious mixture of baloney and authenticity that generates excitement -- is not exactly new as a campaign strategy. But Donald Trump is taking it to new heights.

Apr 27 2016

Commentary: Prince, Bowie and Haggard: Icons? Legends? What’s the difference?

The year 2016 has so far witnessed the death of three musical greats: Prince, David Bowie and Merle Haggard. When Haggard died, National Public Radio felt comfortable announcing“Country Music Legend and Icon, Dies at 79.” Those two terms are often considered interchangeable, but are they? Is there a difference?

Apr 27 2016

Prince, Bowie and Haggard: Icons? Legends? What’s the difference?

An icon can show us who we are. But a legend shows us who we could be.

Feb 24 2016

How America became the love child of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump

Trump and Kardashian have both acted as barometers for how far a person can go and how low a culture can sink.

Oct 06 2015

How Volkswagen set the pace for the new era of ‘smart fraud’

With its elaborate plot to fool car emissions regulators, the German car company has set the pace for a new era of inventive, turbocharged cheating.

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