Books

An Expert Analysis of the Weird Whale Penis Chapter in ‘Moby Dick’

Given that it contains graphic scenes of a man wearing a whale’s dick skin as a ceremonial robe, I really needed to ask a few whaling, biology and literature experts what it all means

Searching Through Kobe Bryant’s High School Years for Answers to His Controversial Legacy

In his new book ‘The Rise,’ Philadelphia sports columnist Mike Sielski recounts the early years of the complicated basketball phenom. He talks to MEL about trying to craft Kobe’s origin story and how he balances the athlete’s sexual-assault allegation with his brilliance on the court

The Couple Having Sex in Plain Sight on TikTok

In a series of viral TikToks, a woman reads a book while ostensibly getting smashed by her off-screen boyfriend. Are they actually having sex, or is this just the greatest marketing tactic of all-time?

That Time When Tolstoy Wrote a Red-Pill Novel

‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ is as shocking today as it was in the 19th century — because its vein of misogyny endures in the Manosphere