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Shining the Shoes of the Shoeshine Man

Shining the Shoes of the Shoeshine Man

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I am a fool and would prefer to remain one. It beats the alternative. more

Sharon Tate Has Always Haunted My Dreams (On the Ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Sharon Tate Has Always Haunted My Dreams (On the Ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

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Fair warning: I’m giving away the ending. I am going there, because that’s what the movie’s all about, and you should’ve seen it by now anyway. Like me, Tarantino grew up on B movies, drive-in movies, low-budget films with directors desperate enough to take creative chances to pull in an audience, often through shock andmore

Two Essays

Two Essays

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Dad knows no other way to teach you Indians aren’t magical or mystical, despite what the T.V. and the teacher who made you read The Indian in the Cupboard has taught you.more

Wild/Life

Wild/Life

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Traveling Mexico has its own challenges. So why do I always want to crank the danger up to 11?more

Incompatible with Life

Incompatible with Life

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Clementine died on November 22nd, 2017. She was born three days later on the 25th at 7:35 in the morning. She weighed 36 grams and was 6.5 inches long and I will spend every day of my life missing her and wondering about the person she may have become. more

Stranger

Stranger

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After we had been dating nine months, Mark and I were in New Orleans visiting his friends. We were playing a game similar to that old television show The Newlyweds: to win, you accurately anticipated the other players’ answers, knowing how they would characterize themselves. One of the questions was. “How many people know youmore

Is it Really So Hard: Thoughts and Semi-Rants on Louis C.K., Toxic Masculinity, Art and Victoria Falls by James Hornor

Is it Really So Hard: Thoughts and Semi-Rants on Louis C.K., Toxic Masculinity, Art and Victoria Falls by James Hornor

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What I kept thinking about as I read Victoria Falls, was that this is one thing artists, male artists especially, can do, they can listen, they can do better, and they can craft characters and story lines that map out different, more self-aware ways to be male: males that are responsive and grow, and fight against all the ways society convinces them, men, to suck.more

Man on Pause

Man on Pause

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Down in the bathroom, in the private stall, I saw how the bowl was like splattered with bright red blood. Gave me a scare. Wow, I’m glad that’s not me, I thought, but had the nagging sensation that it was gonna be me in no time at all—yikes! Shit seemed like an omen.more

A Vulture

A Vulture

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Kevin Carter committed suicide four months after winning the Pulitzer. more

Truer Than Anything True

Truer Than Anything True

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With images of sexism, oppression and white male privilege swirling through my head, the Women’s March and rally brought up a ton of issues, one of which was my writing.more