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Sam Apple
Sam Apple

Sam Apple is the publisher of The Faster Times. He has served as the editor-in-chief of New Voices Magazine and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, and, among many other publications. His first book, Schlepping Through the Alps, was a finalist for the PEN America Award for a first work of nonfiction. In 2005, he received the annual Faux-Faulkner award. His second book, American Parent, was published in 2009 (Ballantine). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Definitive Answers for the Inquisitive Child

Yes, Benji, for the last time, God is real. Yes, He is everywhere. Yes, even right next to you at the breakfast table right now while you’re eating your Cheerios. No, God is not in your bowl of Cheerios. Yes, your bowl of Cheerios is a part of “everywhere” but God is not in your cereal. Can we just trust Daddy on that one? more
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How Shakira Could Have Saved Tonight’s Debate

What tonight’s presidential debate could have been if only the Commission on Presidential Debates had taken this proposal I sent them last month seriously…

September 1, 2012

Dear Commission on Presidential Debates,

If there is a single lesson from the Republican primary debates – beyond that Newt Gingrich can be profoundly offended by any more
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“Louie”: Louis C.K.’s Sublime Anti-Comedy

Louis C.K. is the Best Stand-Up Comedian in the Country. Why Isn’t He More Interested in Making Us Laugh?

On his most recent comedy tour, Louis C.K. did a bit about the problem of boring chitchat. Imagine what it would be like, he said, if instead of turning to the guy next more
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Nine Reasons Why You Have to Become a Member of The Faster Times Right Now

Need a reason to become a member of The Faster Times? Here are nine:

9. We’ve invented a new form of interactive journalism. First readers vote on a topic they want us to investigate, and then our reporter works together with readers to uncover important stories. Read about it in more
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Scott Brown Goes to Washington: See The Exclusive TFT Photos

After his shocking victory in Massachusetts, Senator-elect Scott Brown took a whirlwind tour of his new city. A Faster Times photographer was granted special access. See our exclusive photo gallery below.

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Bonus Read: The Obama Administration’s Yearbook Photos more
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DVD Review: Christmas Tale – Not Your Standard Christmas Fare

“Often at midnight we eat a newborn or crucify ourselves in the garden.” This is how a character describes his family’s holiday festivities in “A Christmas Tale,” Arnaud Desplechin’s 2008 dramedy, just released on DVD by the Criterion Collection. An exaggeration, certainly, but only a slight one: overdoses, bloody noses, and more
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Polanski’s 1965 “Repulsion” Finally Released on DVD

In this post – “Scream” age, sophisticated viewers of horror films know that the promiscuous teenagers never make it to the end of the reel. But be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shall not escape terror. Such is the premise of more
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The Mission Statement of the Faster Times

The print newspaper is in trouble. A lot of journalists joke about it. We don’t think it’s funny. Most of the writers and editors at The Faster Times have written for a print newspaper. They were our livelihoods, but they were also much more than our livelihoods. They were a way more

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