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Shout Outs of the Week:
Shout out to pundit Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, whose piece 5 Life Lessons From J.D. Salinger's 'Franny and Zooey' was picked up by Salon

Shout out to pundit Jessica Schreindl, whose piece Cliteracy: 21 Things Millennials Should Know About the Clitoris was the most Mic'd story on the site this week. 36 Mics!

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Culture Section Must-Reads of the Week:

Is Ryan O’Connell the Real First Voice Of Our Generation? (Daniel Lefferts, @d_lefferts) – Q&A with Ryan O'Connell, Thought Catalog's first staff writer and author of the site's early viral successes like 'How to Be a 20-Something' and 'What It Feels Like to Get F***ed in the Ass.'
[9 Mics, 181 Shares, 3 Comments]

10 Foreign Words We Wish We Had in English (Shivani Ishwar, @x_Dominoe) – If you've ever realized that there's just no English word to describe what you are trying to say, you might be interested in these words from other languages around the world.
[11 Mics, 193 Shares, 14 Comments]

Meet the Theater Company That Invented the Classiest Drinking Game Ever (Julianne Ross, @JulianneRoss) – UglyRhino Productions has discovered the secret to making live theater appeal to the masses: booze. It's also redefining what a night at the theater can be.
[1 Mic, 41 Shares, 7 Comments] 

A ‘Halo’ Developed Called This Female Avatar “Disgusting” (Abdul Siddiqui, @A_R_Siddiqui) – 343 Industries designer David Ellis expressed disdain for Hideo Kojima's scantily clad female character design for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
[23 Mics, 384 Shares, 55 Comments] 

Saudi Arabia’s First Female Filmmaker Finds Her Voice (Missy Kurzweil, @missykurz) – We sat down with Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, to discuss 'Wadjda,' her film about a spunky 10-year-old girl, which will premiere in New York on Friday.
[10 Mics, 62 Shares, 3 Comments]

What ’40 Days of Dating’ Got Right About Millennial Relationships (Farah Mohammed, @FarahColette) – Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh's artificial dating experiment had an important message about our 21st-century relationships, but it wasn't the one the couple intended.
[14 Mics, 510 Shares, 22 Comments]

This Brilliant Website Will Revolutionize the Way You Read (Emma Greenberg, @babyg263) – Poetry Genius, a new locus for literary discussion, may be completely changing the way poetry is read and taught in schools.
[3 Mics, 16 Shares, 2 Comments]

11 Movies You Can’t Miss This Fall (Nick Recktenwald, @NickReck7) – With the arrival of fall, it's time to count down the movies everyone - including the Academy - will be buzzing about this season.
[7 Mics, 52 Shares, 0 Comments]

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