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Erik Oster

Erik Oster is an Assistant Editor at The Faster Times and a writer, editor and musician from Fairfield County, Connecticut. After graduating Goucher College in 2008 with a degree in creative writing, he was co-founder and Editor-in Chief of a literary magazine called Caution Horse. He is currently learning to communicate telepathically with cats in an attempt to direct an all-cat rendition of The Sound of Music. You can follow him on Twitter @ErikDOster.

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Monster Energy Drink Stock Tragically Plummets Following Death Reports

Shares of Monster Beverage Corporation tragically fell over 14 percent today, following reports from the Food and Drug Administration that five people “consumed the drink before their deaths” in the past year, reports ABC News. The company is also being sued by the parents of a 17-year-old girl in Maryland who more

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Why Louis C.K.’s ‘Louie’ Hiatus Might Be A Good Thing

Good things come to those who wait.

Louis C.K.’s brilliant and groundbreaking series Louie has been arguably the best and most groundbreaking show on television for the past three years. Louie is noteworthy, among many other things, for Louis C.K.’s laborious involvement in the show: C.K. writes, stars in, directs, and edits more
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30 Books To Read For Banned Books Week

This week marks the 30th annual Banned Books Week. Celebrate your freedom to read what you want and combat censorship by reading banned or challenged books this week. If you’re at a loss for where to start, maybe this list of 30 books to read for Banned Books Week will give more
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What Mitt Romney and Cindy Sanders Share in Common

What struck me most about the simple-minded and reprehensible statements Mitt Romney made at a May 17th fundraiser, first reported by Mother Jones, about the 47% of Americans who just want hand outs was how familiar it sounded. I don’t just mean that it was a less-coded version of the attack more
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5, New iPod Models

It’s finally here. After months of Internet leaks and rumors, Apple held a press conference today unveiling the iPod 5, as well as new models for the iPod Touch and iPod Nano.

The new phone is 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S, crafted out of glass and aluminum. It also includes a more
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Seasonal Variations on Chicken Noodle Soup

My grandmother’s chicken soup was a staple of my childhood. There was nothing too fancy about it, yet somehow her chicken soup was better than anyone’s. Her traditional chicken soup is simply chicken, water, peppercorns, parsnips, carrots, onion, celery, parsley and salt. Yet the capacity for small variations is huge, and more
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Why the MLB’s Expanded Playoffs Might Not Be Such a Bad Thing

I’m a bit of a baseball purist. I think both the designated hitter and interleague play were bad for the game. So, naturally, when I first heard of the plans for an expanded playoffs I was horrified. “Isn’t one wild card team enough?” I thought. I wondered whether Bud Selig would more
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Spoiled ‘Wife Swap’ Beauty Queen Arrested For Prostitution

If you’re like me and you’ve watched almost every episode of ABC’s wonderfully terrible and terribly wonderful show Wife Swap, then you’ll recognize Alicia Guastaferro from the adjacent photo, if not by her name.

Guastaferro was perhaps the most memorable and infamous of all the spoiled brats on Wife Swap — and more
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New Music Review: Tender Trap; “Step One”

“Step One” is a catchy, exciting tune that makes me want to go out and form a girl band. If only I wasn’t a boy…

Amelia Fletcher is back, and that’s reason enough to get excited.

Tender Trap is the fourth band of feminist pop icon Amelia Fletcher (of Talulah Gosh and more
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Of Mice and Dead Men: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Uses Steinbeck’s Lennie Small to Measure Mental Retardation of Criminals

Texas continued its trend of executing mentally-challenged criminals yesterday, killing 54-year-old Marvin Wilson by lethal injection.

Wilson, who was convicted of killing a police informant two decades ago, was declared mentally retarded by a court-appointed neuropsychologist but found to be accountable for his actions (and declared not mentally retarded) by the court. more

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