Ilia Blinderman
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Ilia Blinderman is a New York-based culture and science writer studying data journalism at Columbia University. He eats a protein-rich diet, reads a good deal, and once shot a 38 under par with 11 birdies (in his first and only game of golf).

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The Birth of Malala Yousafzai: The Real Worry About the Youngest Nobel Prize Winner in History

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Recently, North America awoke to the news that Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who fearlessly advocated for female education in Pakistan's Swat valley, had received the Nobel Peace Prize. Those among us who remember Malala's rise to global prominence following the Taliban's sickening attempt to murder the 14-year-old education activist...

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Want to Vote as an Anglophone Student in Quebec? Good Luck

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:01 PM

In this provincial election, definitions are paramount. At least, so I've come to think after my years of writing political science essays as a McGill student. Vague terms figure all too often in our discussions, and as Orwell noted in his timeless Politics and The English Language, such...

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Why "Average Is Beautiful" Won't Make Us Happy

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 6:01 PM


Valeria Lukyanova has been fascinated with Mattel's Barbie since the age of five. Eventually, the fascination curdled into an obsession, and Lukyanova began to alter her appearance to match the doll's looks. The eerie makeup, wisps of flaxen hair,...

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I Don't Need the New York Times to Tell Me What to Read

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 12:26 PM

"All the news that's fit to print," proudly declares the New York Times' jaunty motto. Indeed, while the Times has certainly erred in the past, and has been surpassed by the Daily Mail in global traffic, it remains the Western world's newspaper of record.


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Warning: Always Take a Columnist's Advice at Your Own Risk

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:38 PM


We've been looking at columnists all wrong.

Or, so it would certainly seem to readers who trudged through Andrea Peyser's bumptious tribute to the role of all-American grit in drug and alcohol addiction in the New...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Wasted Life?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:42 PM

There is something awkwardly utilitarian about the term "waste" being applied to the loss of a creative talent. The word brings to mind a form of ill-bred accountancy coupled with a solipsistic regret -- an outsized reaction to a cooked dinner being thrown away. Certainly, it's more than an unfortunate...

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