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What in Ye’s name is he doing?

Kanye West speaking at a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval office on October 11, 2018.
Kanye West speaking at a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval office on October 11, 2018.

Since Kanye West announced his presidential bid on Twitter last month, questions have been raised about the rapper’s actions and intentions. He held a bizarre rally in South Carolina in mid-July where he criticized Harriet Tubman and then went on to try to file for the ballot in a seemingly random collection of states. This third-party campaign by West, who was an ardent supporter of Donald Trump — he famously held court in the Oval Office in 2018 while wearing a Make America Great Again hat — has drawn attention for its ties to a number of Republican operatives and…


On the social construction of mental illness

“It is essential to understand that in psychiatry there is no such thing as ‘diagnosis.’”

— Dr. Sami Timimi

Never have I ever had a friend who isn’t psychotropic-ly medicated. I’m joking, kind of. But not really. When I think of the people close to me, in my age range, they’re all either medicated, have been medicated, or have been encouraged to be medicated. Most popular are the SSRIs: Lexapro, Prozac, Celexa. I’m on an SNRI, which I like to think is fancier, but it’s really just newer, which makes imagining the potential long-term effects extra terrifying. I’ve heard rave…


When flawed men make great music, what happens to the memories synced to their songs?

One afternoon in the spring of 2008, the sky above Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood pictured perfect. The only sight prettier was an angel with chocolate curvature crossing Prince Street. Suddenly Kanye West zipped past me on foot. We locked eyes, both surprised. After covering him over the years as a music journalist, we’d developed a professional rapport, but hadn’t seen each other in months. He gave one final look at the young lady walking in the other direction, and then made his decision. We traded a strong pound and warm hug, then spoke in front of the Mercer Hotel for half…

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