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Sylvia Plath wrote a series of 14 intensely personal letters to her psychologist that were only recently uncovered. Amy T. Zielinski/Getty Images

Literature

How Sylvia Plath’s secret miscarriage transforms our understanding of her poetry

Two poems that were originally excised from ‘Ariel,’ Plath’s seminal poetry collection, vividly channel the painful experience of losing an unborn child.
On TikTok, stories can be manufactured and dramatized like an investigative gossip reel. Jenna Drenten

Media

West Elm Caleb and the rise of the TikTok tabloid

Tabloids traditionally have gone after the rich and famous. On TikTok, anyone can be a target.
There are 2,315 five-letter words in Wordle’s dictionary. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Language

Want to master Wordle? Here’s the best strategy for your first guess

Whether you want to win with as few guesses as possible, or you just want to figure out the right word before running out of turns, a scholar offers some tips.
Bumble seeks to challenge what the company calls ‘the antiquated rules of dating.’ Daily Herald Archive/National Science & Media Museum/SSPL via Getty Images

Relationships

Does it really empower women to expect them to make the first move?

Dating apps like Bumble have tried to shake up the gender dynamics of dating. Some users say their efforts fall flat.
Eric Bieniemy, who has been the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2018, has reportedly interviewed for 14 head-coaching jobs. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Sports

New evidence of discrimination against Black coaches in the NFL since 2018

An analysis of 267 NFL offensive and defensive coordinators since 2003 finds that the Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy’s odds of being hired as a head coach would have gone up significantly if he weren’t Black.
Taiwanese independence activists call for a boycott of the Beijing Games. Walid Berrazeg/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sports

Why is Taiwan competing in the Olympics under ‘Chinese Taipei’?

Taiwanese authorities are allowing its tiny contingent to attend the opening ceremony in Beijing despite a long-running dispute over its name in the Olympics.
Bob Saget, top left, was affectionately called ‘America’s Dad’ for his role as Danny Tanner in the sitcom ‘Full House.’ Lorimar Television/Fotos International via Getty Images

Television

What made Bob Saget’s Danny Tanner so different from other sitcom dads

A contrast to the bumbling and immature fathers commonly found on sitcoms, Bob Saget’s character on ‘Full House’ reflected a shift in expectations of fatherhood that began in the late 1970s.
If you aren’t a fan of holiday shopping, you aren’t alone. Dave Einsel/Getty Images

Culture

What’s the point of holiday gifts?

Gift-giving might seem needlessly cumbersome and stressful. But the costs and benefits of the custom aren’t what they seem.

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