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Don’t tell me to be civil

I was eight when California voters banned gay marriage in 2008. I was sixteen when I had my first crush. His name was Marcus (*not actually his name*): he was my height, he had dark hair and he told me he was gay. He also told me he would never tell his parents, that his dad hated gay people, that he was scared. Sometimes, I think about Marcus, and I wonder what could have been in a different political climate.

Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ is the most interesting album of the summer

“Melodrama” is not the best album of the summer. The album, Lorde’s long-awaited followup to her 2013 debut “Pure Heroine,” is an often frustrating affair — despite the three-and-a-half year wait between the two releases, the lyrics on “Melodrama” often seem like first drafts. Of course, Ella Yelich-O’Connor will likely be regarded as one of…