Derek Beres's Contributions
  • Cops Film Us All The Time. Why Can't We Film Them Again?

    Las Vegas. A young man, about 22, fist pumps an oversized beer mug out of the passenger seat window. Rookie move. A strip cop spots the amateur, flicks on his lights. As two drunk men and a drunk woman exit the...

  • Why the Amazon-Hachette Debate Means Nothing To Writers

    In 1875 George Routledge, founder of the British publishing house that bore his name, asked Scottish author Samuel Smiles when he would have the honor of publishing one of his books. Smiles reminded him that he...

  • The Sad Machinery of Controversy Creation

    Ben Haggerty is having a tough week. The artist known as Macklemore is coming off one hell of a year, however. His breakaway hit ‘Thrift Shop’ has amassed more than 533 million views. He went home with two Grammys...

  • Study Shows How to Control Your Dreams

    Carl Jung devoted much of his professional life to analyzing dreams, much to the chagrin of his colleagues. He saw a connection between these nighttime visions and our seemingly innate penchant for mythological...

  • Battling Prescription Pill Addiction

    Doctor Stephen Schneider was genuinely surprised when he was sentenced to thirty years in prison in 2010. His wife, Linda Atterby, received thirty-three. Charged with unlawful distribution of controlled...

  • Anger as a Catalyst of Change

    The term ‘anger management’ has long been utilized in corporate and educational environments alike. Workshops on dealing with the seething potentiality of rage often employ that age-old maxim of calm benevolence:...

  • Reconsidering the Business of Death

    Death is big business. The projected revenue of the funeral industry is projected to be $16.2 billion in 2014. While it’s tough to consider the economics of death when a loved one is involved, an entire movement...

  • The Most Challenging Exploration on Earth

    Four days ago the hybrid remote controlled vehicle Nereus began its 40-day mission to explore the Kermadec Trench, one of the deepest oceanic regions on the planet. Diving below 6,000 meters for extended periods...

  • The Science Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Wrong

    Star Talk Radio is one of the best things to have ever hit the podcast bin. While I’m a big fan of Cosmos—despite its having the worst music supervisor in the history of television—on Star Talk Tyson gets to...

  • Cultural Appropriation in American Pop Music? No Problem.

    Haitian-American singer Jason Derulo’s tweet on Jan 15 displayed youthful exuberance. The 24-year-old included six exclamation marks when declaring his single ‘Talk Dirty’ had reached #9 on the iTunes singles...