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All the Weird Things We Learned about Each Other in 2017

Throughout the past year, we’ve asked the MEL staff to share many intimate details about their personal lives. We are, as it turns out, a…

Holiday Songs We’d Erase From History

’Tis the season when the ambient noise of everything is holiday music. In the car. At the mall. At your doorstep. At the office. On…

The Last Time We Told a Story We Knew No One Cared About

It’s a classic case of both narcissism and doubling down. You want to tell a story that’s meaningful to you — something about a dream you had,…

What It’s Like to Be a Private Investigator in the Internet Age

Today, the 1940s Hollywood version of the fedora-wearing, cigarette-smoking, down-on-his-luck private dick chasing down a femme fatale has gone the way of Blockbuster and other…