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Purple coffee, rainbow toast and the politics of unicorns

WHENEVER I’M FEELING DOWN ABOUT the world, I drink poison. Not quick-acting poison. The stuff with a longer half-life: sugary delights that get my heart thrumming. America seems to do the same. For five days, starting on April 19, the country gorged half a meal of calories in one limited-release Starbucks candy drink: the Unicorn Frappuccino. It was a sensation within a larger sensation of unicorniness: pastel streaks known

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