Books

Confronting the past

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It’s difficult to imagine that Anthony Swofford, who once had sex with a girl in the same room as his dying brother and dined on greasy Waffle House food with a crack dealer and a couple of prostitutes, could become such a family man...

Unmasking Anonymous

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You may not have heard about the group Anonymous, but that doesn’t bother them. It wouldn’t stop them from taking down your website or accessing all of your personal information should they find you disagreeable...

Colin Meloy’s dark, wild fantasy

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When you think the name Colin Meloy, you think The Decemberists, the Grammy-nominated indie-rock band he has fronted for a decade. You think catchy, theatrically crafted songs and folk-rock that actually has an edge...

Through science, nature’s wonders

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It is not the preferred style of Professor Richard Dawkins, the famed evolutionary biologist and militant atheist crusader, to preach to the choir...

This is your brain on the Internet

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Ever get the feeling you just can’t concentrate like you used to? Feel like your brain is stuck on overload and you can’t put together a coherent thought? Never fear, the Internet is here for you to self-diagnose and treat whatever ails you. Yet, according to author ...

Legal briefs and legal drama

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Jeanne Winer and Rachel Stein share a common worldview. Adrenaline junkies as well as staunch feminists, they both grapple with “spiritual tantrums” in their compulsive pursuit of justice. Though these women rally against the world, they are always searching for a ...

Snow snakes, boy princesses and mountain men

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While teaching elementary school kids how to ski in places like Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort, Annie Fox saw her fair share of spills on the slopes. "On no, you fell! The snow snake got you!" was the popular joke with ski instructors who tried to make ...

‘Because I like them’

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In grade school letters at the top of a piece of printer paper, 6-year-old Ronan carefully spells out the words “Boys” and “Girls.” Using the couch’s ottoman as his desk, he kneels on the floor near his mother, Eileen Kiernan-Johnson, who discusses her self-...

Confessions of an ex-evangelical

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Erika Rae’s evangelist upbringing imprinted some unusual beliefs upon her. As a teenager, she believed demons were behind every accidental misstep, from rock ’n’ roll to forgetting your keys. In her memoir about how she ended up leaving behind her radical religion, ...

Reviving the Emerald Mile

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Ten years ago, right before Kevin Fedarko’s first encounter with the watery force that barrels through the Grand Canyon, he found himself enraptured by the humble riverboat known as the dory...

The evolution of Dan Savage

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It’s a funny story, how the wiseass gay theater kid at the video store became America’s most trusted and outspoken sex advocate...

Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman: Losing his religion

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To write music criticism takes a certain level of self-assurance. That’s pretty obvious: You have to think pretty highly of your own opinion to be motivated to tell others why they should feel that way, too...