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Movies that spoke to us in 2019

As 2019 crawls to a close, a reflection on some of the more noteworthy cinematic achievements offers a glance at a handful of films that appear to be very dissimilar. At least, that seems to be the case initially.  Think of the sicko, demented plunges of Joker, a...

The Modern Western and Our Fears

The place is Creede, Colorado. Dust and smoke choke the air, turning the world a slate grey. The clopping of hooves is the only sound that can be heard. Then, through the gloom, a party of men on horseback appears. Their features are hidden behind scarves and hats,...

The color of my skin is bleak; not to be confused with black.

The father of modern statistics was also the father of eugenics, not to be confused with genetics. He was also Darwin’s first cousin and he went by Gregor Mendel. No, that wasn’t his name; what was his name? It’s not important. What’s important is he pushed the use of...

“DRAMA QUEENS” GET ALL THE ACTION!

“The whole world is a stage.”...Shakespeare Drama queens have a starring role in too many men’s lives. I can’t quite figure it out. But it seems to me, that the crazier and more demanding a chick seems to be, the more men she has wrapped around her ring finger! Think...

San Jose del Pacifico | The Heart of Mushroom Country in Oaxaca Mexico

The most important thing to take on this trip, more than warm clothes and ample cash, is the precious Dramamine. It's only two hours, but the road is brutal. My friend Nick and I are planning to spend a day in San Jose del Pacifico, and I make no secret of how much I...

The Ganja Gap: Where Is The Marijuana Middle Ground?

One is either in the Joe Rogan or Ben Shapiro camp when it comes to the issue of marijuana. And I mean on every aspect of the marijuana debate; it may be a more black or white conversation than American politics. Where are the individuals who are in grey?  Marijuana...

Movies that spoke to us in 2019

As 2019 crawls to a close, a reflection on some of the more noteworthy cinematic achievements offers a glance at a handful of films that appear to be very dissimilar. At least, that seems to be the case initially.  Think of the sicko, demented plunges of Joker, a...

The Modern Western and Our Fears

The place is Creede, Colorado. Dust and smoke choke the air, turning the world a slate grey. The clopping of hooves is the only sound that can be heard. Then, through the gloom, a party of men on horseback appears. Their features are hidden behind scarves and hats,...

The color of my skin is bleak; not to be confused with black.

The father of modern statistics was also the father of eugenics, not to be confused with genetics. He was also Darwin’s first cousin and he went by Gregor Mendel. No, that wasn’t his name; what was his name? It’s not important. What’s important is he pushed the use of...

“DRAMA QUEENS” GET ALL THE ACTION!

“The whole world is a stage.”...Shakespeare Drama queens have a starring role in too many men’s lives. I can’t quite figure it out. But it seems to me, that the crazier and more demanding a chick seems to be, the more men she has wrapped around her ring finger! Think...

San Jose del Pacifico | The Heart of Mushroom Country in Oaxaca Mexico

The most important thing to take on this trip, more than warm clothes and ample cash, is the precious Dramamine. It's only two hours, but the road is brutal. My friend Nick and I are planning to spend a day in San Jose del Pacifico, and I make no secret of how much I...

The Ganja Gap: Where Is The Marijuana Middle Ground?

One is either in the Joe Rogan or Ben Shapiro camp when it comes to the issue of marijuana. And I mean on every aspect of the marijuana debate; it may be a more black or white conversation than American politics. Where are the individuals who are in grey?  Marijuana...

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EXPLORING THE Interests AND Curiosities THAT SHAPE US

EXPLORING THE Interests AND Curiosities THAT SHAPE US

The Sears Catalog: The Amazon.com of its Time

Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog images, Chicagology Sears, Roebuck & Company’s ties to Chicago go deep:  the iconic American retailer, founded in 1886 by Richard W. Sears, launched its operations in Chicago the following year after its startup in Minneapolis...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel     "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain...

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...

The Champ

the champ | illustrations by ana carolina maciel When I was little, I got dressed with my Mom in the ladies’ locker room at the country club. I liked it in there, with the pink, furry carpet and all the women walking around in white towels, wrapped tightly under their...

The Quiet Grassroots Movement Behind the Trump Campaign

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things no matter what side of the political party you’re on. There’s even middle ground, where people can just agree to disagree. It’s not so much that I’m a huge Trump fan, although we have had much worse in the oval office...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

What Did I Lose?

You meet at a bar. He’s an inch shorter with kind eyes and a voice made from silk. He buys you two beers despite the fact you think beer tastes like rotting water and only sold to please the lightweights. He interviews you on your favorite past time—reading, your...

Time-Traveler of 2030: “I Just Wanna Be Normal!”

Denis Bel was only 14 when he got scooped up by ApexTV, 2014. Dennis lives in Nevada, attends public-school in that state, loves snapping YouTube clips, thoroughly adores vlogging, fought acne, and admires his older sister. That’s all I know of him - aside from the...

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MURDER

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had...

The Sears Catalog: The Amazon.com of its Time

Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog images, Chicagology Sears, Roebuck & Company’s ties to Chicago go deep:  the iconic American retailer, founded in 1886 by Richard W. Sears, launched its operations in Chicago the following year after its startup in Minneapolis...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel     "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain...

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...

The Champ

the champ | illustrations by ana carolina maciel When I was little, I got dressed with my Mom in the ladies’ locker room at the country club. I liked it in there, with the pink, furry carpet and all the women walking around in white towels, wrapped tightly under their...

The Quiet Grassroots Movement Behind the Trump Campaign

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things no matter what side of the political party you’re on. There’s even middle ground, where people can just agree to disagree. It’s not so much that I’m a huge Trump fan, although we have had much worse in the oval office...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

What Did I Lose?

You meet at a bar. He’s an inch shorter with kind eyes and a voice made from silk. He buys you two beers despite the fact you think beer tastes like rotting water and only sold to please the lightweights. He interviews you on your favorite past time—reading, your...

Time-Traveler of 2030: “I Just Wanna Be Normal!”

Denis Bel was only 14 when he got scooped up by ApexTV, 2014. Dennis lives in Nevada, attends public-school in that state, loves snapping YouTube clips, thoroughly adores vlogging, fought acne, and admires his older sister. That’s all I know of him - aside from the...

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MURDER

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had...
Tariq

Tariq

My first day in Kani on the southern Saharan fringe, I met Tariq. His skin was darker than the sand under my feet, but not quite the burnt brown of the dust that blew from the west every afternoon, darkening the sky and burnishing the mud- and stone-walls of the...

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THE EMERALD CIRCLE

THE EMERALD CIRCLE

It has been 79 years since the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937. Recent decades have shown some progress, and finally the facade of prohibition is starting to fall apart. The Canadian legalization process took decades, but was ultimately successful, and recent...

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THE MORAL DILEMMA OF QUENTIN TARANTINO

THE MORAL DILEMMA OF QUENTIN TARANTINO

For some years now, Quentin Tarantino has been at the forefront of every aspiring filmmaker’s “top 10 directors” list. With no experience outside of working at a movie rental store, Tarantino has made an impressive career for himself by recycling tropes and scenarios...

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