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The Wirecutter Slices Through the Internet’s Big, Noisy Gadget Scam

An epiphany about gadgets, blogs, and what people want.


When the iPhone 4S was released earlier this month, gadget junkies flipped out. In part because it was the first big unveiling from new Apple CEO Tim Cook, and in part because it wasn’t the long-lusted-for iPhone 5, tech blogs went wild and analyzed every little thing about the event, from the screen size to the new Siri digital assistant to who put pictures of it on the internet first.

What if you’re merely wondering whether you ought to buy it or not?

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How They Wrote The Simpsons, by a Vintage Writer

A writer from The Simpsons' glory years tells how they made the classic episodes.

During the glory years of The Simpsons—either the first 10 seasons or seasons three through eight if you want to get picky—the show was groundbreaking, incomparably clever, and built on a foundation of unprecedented use of allusion. Bill Oakley, who wrote for the show for seasons four through six and produced it during seasons seven and eight, just penned a reflection for The Awl on how the impressive roster or writers crafted those classic episodes.

Here's a bit about the biannual writers' pitch retreats:

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