• The Crossing Paths Issue
    April 2015 #15
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    • on the cover meet our cover boy jafé paulino and read our interview with him on being raised around afro-dominican roots culture, being an alien, and starting a solo career.

    • blood money the clinical trials industry is rebranding and this is bad news for those relying on these studies for money. read more.

    • not just for losers let dan allegretto teach how to use the under-appreciated app swarm the proper way.

    • write for us the month of may marks “the madness issue”. read our call for submissions.

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    Table Of Contents

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    In real life, frenemies are not acquaintances we only pretend to like. Frenemies are relationships between people who are too broken to live up to the Hallmark postcard idea of friends, but too precarious to let repeated heartbreak mean the end of the friendship.

    Frenemies Make the Best Medicine

    by Ripley Soprano

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    Sultry stoner sounds Peep Kai OD’s new music video “Blue Wave” featuring his cute ass crew.


    The gesture is as much an exposé as it is a survival tactic. In public, my body exits my realm of control. I glance up at you in the hopes that you return my gaze with kindness.

    A Stranger in Venice

    by Catherine Chen

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    There is so much to say, but as events continue to unfold, we've opted to forego analysis and try to collect as many links to live coverage as possible. We'll be updating this article as much as possible over the next few hours.

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    Feed Me by Anwar Batte

    Strapped Sistas

    Celebrate badass women everywhere with the Facebook page Strapped Sistas, which has been posting a steady stream of photos depicting women carrying guns since December.


    At 22, Ruby Brunton had been an orphan for one year, but was still looking for fellow orphans to help her make sense of her loss. She went looking online, and found something quite disturbing.

    In Search of Orphans

    by Ruby Brunton

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    “The letters come about once a month. The business-sized envelopes have the bland uniformity of mass production. The address of the prison is printed in the upper left-hand corner. Below that, my brother writes his name and his Department Identification Number (DIN), in black pen.”

    Writing to My Brother in Prison

    by Matt Lucas

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams

    World’s most radiation-tolerant robot collapses at Fukushima. US DoD admits US Constitution racist. My sleep schedule is really bad. Russia and Iran to play swapsies. Brawndo has what plants crave. Right-wing truthers teach Evil NWO Satanists a thing or two. And more from the worst week in history!

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    Affect Matrix: How to feel about jailbreaks, military inspired fashion, and Hilary Duff’s blue hair.

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    ”Riot” Spells the Beginning of a Solo Career for Bibi Bourelly, Rihanna’s 20-year-old songwriter.


    Slow Holler A group of Southerners, queers, and artists are making a completely new tarot deck together.

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    You Can’t Beat Them, You Can’t Join Them

    CIA wishes spying wasn’t so tough. TSA accidentally finds thousands of innocent but suspicious-looking immigrants. Your Facebook friend poked you ... with divorce papers. Water thieves on the loose in California. Search Nestle. And lots of cops hurting people.

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    Southern Gothic A playlist by Chloe Chon about settling into a new city.

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    The April To-Do List Keep your April calendar packed with shows, talks, and readings.

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    A.M. Glittlitz escaped Brooklyn for Berlin, and found not the leftist squat haven he’d imagined, but a city as burned out as the one he’d left behind.

    Berlin Diary

    by A.M. Gittlitz

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    What I Learned Tracking My Sleep For a Week Maybe we’re grumpy depressed because we're exhausted.


    Junglepussy hexes the Earth like an oracle in new music video “Me”.

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    Bad News Travels Fast

    Sorry, my semen only eats organic vegetables. McDonalds introduces table service ... that’s it, that’s the joke. Live-action Winnie The Pooh aka goodbye cruel world. Chris Rock’s pulled-over selfies. Homophobic pizza parlor raises nearly a million bucks how’s that for a sentence. And the US Military is teaching soldiers about white privilege.

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    Watch the Columbia Report on Rolling Stone’s Gang Rape Article The magazine officially retracts its feature on a University of Virginia gang rape.

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    Horoscopes by Corina Dross

    April 2015

    If you are feeling lonely and confused right now, you’re not alone.

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    Letters by Ripley Soprano

    Keep Your Friends Closer

    “I repeat ‘friends can save your life if you let them’ to myself as a mantra, not entirely sure if it is a rallying cry or a cry for help.”

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