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Hyper-Content in Big Sur

The first time I’d ever heard of the Big Sur was my freshman year in college when I picked up Richard Brautigan’s novel A Confederate General from Big Sur. Brautigan was a writer who came just after the Beats but whose work resembled some of theirs, that stuff you love when you’re nineteen and even ...

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A Lynching Near You

In yet another stroke of genius in the fields of reconciliation and redemption, Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, recently opened a national memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, which, among other things, pays homage to the history of lynching in America. Stephenson and his colleagues have cataloged nearly 4,400 lynchings across the country, ...

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Children and Ovens

Arriving at the border seeking asylum is an ancient practice among civilized societies, one that has been legally sanctioned in society for decades, in some cases centuries. If you have found a way to justify children being torn from their parents at our border, rest assured you will find a way to justify when they are ...

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Moose Safari

It was not in my youth that I developed a lasting affection for the moose, and that is not unusual, given that I grew up in southern Illinois where any sighting of a moose would have been a harbinger of the apocalypse. It’s possible that my first taste of moose love began in college when ...

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Collector Extraordinaire #1: Cynthia Elyce Rubin

By the time Cynthia Elyce Rubin had finished the renovations in her Manhattan apartment on the Upper West Side, acting as her own general contractor as she tore down walls and made two tiny apartments into one, she hadn’t thought about her postcard collection in a while. A student in folk art, in fact the ...

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The Mounds and The Arch

I grew up in southern Illinois, near St. Louis, so I went to the Arch dozens of times, but I never went to Cahokia Mounds. The Arch is an amazing architectural structure, and the view from the top is remarkable (even if it is a little unsettling on windy days when you can feel the ...

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