"For those loyal customers who have gotten addicted to two-day shipping, an additional $20 is a small price to pay in order to feed that need."
"Oh, you get a little shaky if you don't have a drink? You know what I can't go three days without doing? Eating scorpions. Still want to brag about how badly you need that drink? Yeah, that's what I thought."
Man, D'Angelo really picked a challenging time for a comeback as neo-soul's alpha dog. Between Frank Ocean's Channel Orange making its very persuasive case for album-of-the-year (and the more recent awesome and awesomely titled single, "Blue Whale" bolstering his claim of ownership of the universe), and the Weeknd's creepy, compelling charisma, and now Miguel's highly-acclaimed new album, Kaleidoscope Dream on the scene, can there be any room or attention left for the old master? Also, the kids are all so flamboyantly celebratory of their drug use. It almost like they're taunting D'Angelo, who has so famously struggled with addiction problems. Remember in the [...]
Now an addiction: diet soda. "Another distinguishing feature of substance dependence — whether it's to caffeine, nicotine, or hard drugs like heroin — is the painful withdrawal symptoms that occur if a person tries to quit cold turkey. Although it's difficult to pinpoint whether aspartame, caffeine, or some combination of ingredients is responsible, people who cut back on diet soda report symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and irritability…"
"Despite the American Medical Association’s declaration that the moderate intake of caffeine is not harmful, new research suggests that some people have serious withdrawal symptoms that may be dangerous. Caffeine is such an ingrained institution that most people make jokes about being dependent on a favorite caffeinated beverage to make their day whole. A new study, however, suggests more people are dependent on caffeine to the point that they suffer withdrawal symptoms and are unable to reduce caffeine consumption even if they have another condition that [...]
Of all it has embraced, the booming artisanal movement has so far passed over one largely extinct 19th-century practice: opium smoking in the old manner.
But in a book out last year, one collector of antique opium-smoking paraphernalia documents how his fascination with a lost era's artifacts led to an attempt to recreate and live in a lost era of chandu, resulting in an opium addiction of "the traditional manner" that reached a peak of thirty pipes a day. I spoke with author Steven Martin about his book, Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction, his Opium Museum project, and the cultural legacy of [...]
"Parents who constantly check and use smartphones and iPads around their children may be driving them into a lifelong dependency on TV and computer screens, according to a leading psychologist. Dr Aric Sigman said such 'passive parenting' in the face of the new media environment is actually a form of neglect. He will tell a group of Britain’s leading doctors today that the growing addiction could leave a generation suffering damage to the body as well as the brain." —This is just the way The Machines planned it, right?
"Oreos can be as addictive to the brain as cocaine, the authors of a scientific study have claimed."
Let's look on the bright side for a moment and watch this video that director Aaron Rose made for the song "Nothin But Time" from Cat Power's recent album, Sun. (Well, actually, Rose is calling this a "trailer" for a longer "short film" he will set to the entire 11 minutes of the song as it appears on the album. That will be good because we'll then get to hear Iggy Pop's wonderful cameo at the end of the song.) The video stars Jade and Hazel Altheide, teenage sisters who live near Albuquerque, New Mexico and ride BMX bikes in sun dresses.
It's very beautiful. (We know [...]
Former Radar editor Maer Roshan—along with his partners, Allison Floam (who built Microdialogue, which does consumer analysis, and also sells SunSak, which is "a round towel that transforms into a tote bag") and Joe Schrank (who runs a for-profit addiction recovery program)—have launched a website called The Fix, which covers the wild world of addiction in general and also has rehab reviews. In other new publication news, there is The Atavist, which (more slowly) publishes tablet and reader long-form nonfiction "singles" (that are not necessarily related to atavism).