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Adventures in Modernism

What was it like to be a queer child in South Carolina during the Great Depression? Guy Davenport, with his incomparable gift for re-creating lost pockets of time, offered one plausible glimpse in his short story “A Gingham Dress,” published in 1990. The scene is a roadside mart, where a hillbilly family is selling homegrown […]

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The Horrific Story of a Mob of White Cab Drivers Getting Away with Murder

Defendants and family members in the courtroom celebrate after the jury passes down a not-guilty verdict during the Willie Earle Lynching Trial at the Greenville County Courthouse, Greenville, South Carolina, May 21, 1947. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) “He took my cab and my money,” T.W. Brown told a Liberty, […]

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Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and […]

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‘visions of architecture’ explores the captivating designs of ricardo bofill

recently published by gestalten, the ‘visions of architecture’ monograph collects the unique and bold architectural style of spanish architect, ricardo bofill. born in 1939 in barcelona, bofill has become renowned for his radical approach to projects. this extensive publication beautifully depicts his greatest works, such as la muralla roja, walden 7, la fábrica and abraxas.  […]

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The Affluenza Murder Case That Shocked America 100 Years Ago

Left Image: Ethan Couch after his arrest for violating probation in 2015. Photo via Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office. Right Image: Florence Burns sketch from a portrait courtesy Kent State University Press When people hear the phrase “affluenza,” the first thing that comes to mind is Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who avoided prison time despite […]

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The Female Superhero Stories You Should Be Reading Right Now

You may have heard—Marvel finally released its first female led superhero film. This on screen adaptation is long overdo, especially considering the thriving world of female superheroes on the page. Characters like Spider-Gwen and Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan are obvious star newcomers, both serving major roles in Marvel comics. But young adult fiction and comic […]

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How to Get Rid of the ‘High-Conflict Personalities’ That Ruin Politics

Under Donald Trump, the chasm between America’s political left and right—already a major problem in DC—has only widened, with extreme partisanship infecting social media, cable news, and Congress. It occasionally causing messes like the recent government shutdown, but it’s always in the background. According to lawyer, mediator, and therapist Bill Eddy, this division is a […]

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Climate Change Is Such a Huge Threat We Don’t Even Know How to Think About It

A man on his rooftop watching a wildfire in California in 2013. Photo by David McNew/Getty The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming is a brutal and terrifying read. The new book from journalist David Wallace-Wells sets out to describe, in vivid and nightmarish detail, the hellscape that earth will become if we do not radically […]

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A Former Dannemora Prison Guard Penned a Wild Account of the Famous Escape

Police search for two escaped prison inmates in New York. Photo via Getty. Built in 1844, Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora is New York state’s largest maximum security prison. The institution has been home to the likes of David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, Charles “Lucky” Luciano, and serial killer Carl Panzram. The prisoners housed at […]

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HBO’s Lovecraft Country Could Be Everything Green Book Wasn’t

Mahershala Ali as Don Shirley, with the cover of Lovecraft Country.Image: Universal, HarperCollins There are as many valid criticisms of Peter Farrelly’s Best Picture Oscar-winner Green Book as there are listings in Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book. But an upcoming adaptation has a lot more potential to tell the real story, even […]

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How Eve Babitz Found Home

In Los Angeles, in 1947, 14-year-old Susan Sontag would take the trolley to the “enchanted crossroads” of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue to listen to records and read Partisan Review, attempting to “ward off the drivel” she felt submerged in. At night, she perched in her mother’s green Pontiac on Mulholland Drive, where she and […]

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Inside the Uniquely American Horror Story of Summer Gun Violence in Chicago

A protestor marches along the shutdown Dan Ryan Expressway during an anti-violence demonstration in Chicago, July 7, 2018. (Photo by JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images) This story was published in partnership with the Trace. In 1991, Alex Kotlowitz published his first book, There Are No Children Here—a penetrating account of two young brothers growing up in a […]

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This California Airport Bomber Was a Godfather of ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorism

Muharem Kurbegovic after his conviction. Photo by Ken Hively, Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Library Special Collections, Charles. E. Young Research Library, UCLA. Social image split photo of Kurbegovic after his arrest by Guy Goodenow, Herald Examiner Collection, LA Public Library. Photos courtesy University of Nebraska Press In the popular imagination, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is often regarded […]

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8 Vital Ways Dads Can Support Their Partners’ Mental Health Postpartum

You’ll be bringing your baby home soon. Or maybe you already have. And you want to be there for your spouse. You know that having a baby not only affects your wife’s body, but it also affects her mental health. You want to be supportive, encouraging and helpful. But you’re not exactly sure how to […]

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A Single Life Full of People

To love is no easy task. An abundance of literature and pop culture warns us of its trickiness, and often, personal experience emphasizes the point. We love, when people are disagreeable and obnoxious; when our feelings are unrequited; and when our affections are diminished, or worse, scorned as criminal. We love, when doing so drags […]

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The Power of Creativity in Helping Us to (Kind of) Cope

The intensity of Maureen “Marzi” Wilson’s anxiety varies day to day. Some days, it’s a “mild uneasiness,” a nagging feeling that she’s forgotten something important. “Other days, it’s closer to terror, a horrible premonition that something catastrophic is imminent,” she said. The outward expression varies, too. Sometimes, she fidgets. Other times, she’s “sitting in the […]

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