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Here’s the pitch: One Will Smith is great, but two? Even better.

The Hollywood genre machine will never stop churning: spy thrillers starring Matt Damon, comic book movies where an entire city is destroyed, indie gems with Paul Dano, and that one time two movies about talking pigs came out at the same time.

But of all the many different species, and sub-species, of movies out there, the one-actor-who-plays-two-character movie is both underrated and beloved. For completely mystifying reasons, too. Yes, Lindsay Lohan playing her own twin in The Parent Trap reboot is adorable but is that any reason to produce movies featuring a famous person co-starring with themselves, thanks to split-screen…


Illustration by Carly Jean Andrews

If only middle school offered ‘romance-ed’, too

I’m a real “act-before-I-think” kind of guy — which is a cool-sounding concept, until you’re left stewing in your own comeuppance soup like a giant dopey crouton. Among my dopiest, most soupy moments are a particularly high number involving romance and sex. I’ve never been one to jump into bed with a person without a condom or rob a liquor store to impress a girl, but my mistakes have caused me plenty of embarrassment and sorrow regardless.

Every time I start thinking about this, I end up ruminating over middle school, the worst place for a person’s formative years to…


Illustration by Dave van Patten

An ode to my imaginary friend, who lived in my mother’s finger

I had a confidante before I knew how to read. Her name was Mrs. Finger, and she was the only person I could talk to. I was afraid of everyone and everything else: robbers, bears, death, thunderstorms. Everything. I didn’t know how to express my anxiety and I was too young to start on pills, so I acted up by fighting with my brothers and feigning sickness every day so I could stay home from school. When I did attend school, I would stare listlessly out the window, trying to pick out Cumulonimbus clouds from the regular ones. …


Former editor-in-chief Kate White talks about getting weird in the magazine’s advice columns

One of the best things about setting up shop in your dentist’s waiting room is getting the chance to crack open a glossy-pink issue of Cosmo and read the batshit sex advice without worrying that anyone you know will see you. Cosmo’s sex advice is, as sex-positive site Nerve put it, “outrageous, impractical, and just plain bad.” It encourages women to do stuff like “chew a small piece of mango … then take him in your mouth.” It’s famous for suggestions like incorporating food items in the bedroom or introducing a spray bottle full of ice-cold water to shake things…


Illustration by Erin Taj

We talked to a masseuse and master of happy endings to find out

Like much of the sex work economy, rub-and-tug parlors are typically hiding in plain site—either in a strip mall or an office building advertising a “full body” experience (without referencing the main attraction) or on websites like Backpage.com, where the only key word to suggest what’s really on offer might be “hands only.” Dyann Bridges is one of the many entrepreneurs making her living within those secretive spaces, charging about $180 an hour for massage — happy ending optional — and catering to a clientele with a bit of a MILF fantasy. (At 49, she doesn’t look a day over…


Illustration by Spencer Olson

Right and wrong seemed trivial in the face of my grief—till I realized my brother was angry with me

After Adam died, I started listening to dubstep. I think my grief registered in a way where the only viable option to make myself feel better was to slowly blow out my eardrums with Skrillex and Knife Party. His wasn’t the kind of stereotypical death you see on TV, where the whole family stands around the brave bald man in the hospital bed who manages to squeeze out a slurry of inspirational words before he passes. This was a devastatingly sudden death that uprooted our entire family. …

Jeremy Glass

I’m a writer who’s penned a variety of pieces on sex, dating, culture, tech, and life for Thrillist, AskMen, McSweeney’s, New York Times, Nerve, Esquire, etc.

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