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      Benjamin Shapiro

      Senior Editor

      Ben is from Providence, RI, but he’s currently living across the hall from a cat hoarder in Brooklyn, NY. He’s played drums in Pop. 1280, Asobi Seksu, Scary Mansion, and a shit ton of other bands. His columns, profiles, essays, and stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Film Comment, VICE, Slant, and a bunch of zines.

      By Benjamin Shapiro Sep 22, 2014

      The Return of the Black Death

      We went to Madagascar in the fall of 2013 because the village of Beranimbo had been an epicenter of a black plague outbreak that resulted in nearly 600 cases and more than 90 deaths across the country. Madagascar reports the most instances of the disease

      By Benjamin Shapiro Sep 22, 2014
      By Jonathan Smith Jul 10, 2014

      Does the Fatty Cow Suing ESPN Have a Case?

      The internet collectively pointed and laughed at a sleepy fat man on Monday, when news broke that he was suing MLB, ESPN, and two commentators for $10 million. This got us wondering whether this "symbol of failure" has a snowball's chance in hell of winni…

      By Jonathan Smith Jul 10, 2014
      By Benjamin Shapiro Feb 11, 2014

      Here Is Cheatahs' New Video

      Here's a premiere of "Get Tight," a song about that mega crush you've always had who introduced you to Racine and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, but is actually a gnarly drug addict who will steal from your siblings and drag you into an endl…

      By Benjamin Shapiro Feb 11, 2014
      By Benjamin Shapiro Nov 13, 2013

      David Bowie - "Love Is Lost"

      David Bowie just sent us his new video for "Love Is Lost," and since we're obliged to do anything he says, we decided to premiere it. It's directed by Barnaby Roper, and it's well-worth watching through all ten minutes, especially if you want to see a bab…

      By Benjamin Shapiro Nov 13, 2013
      By Benjamin Shapiro Nov 12, 2013

      The Act of Puking

      Vomiting makes some people feel so good that they've devoted their lives to studying it. Their ultimate goal is to answer the questions: Why do people blow their grits, and what are we to do about it? The answers are more complicated than one might think…

      By Benjamin Shapiro Nov 12, 2013