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Issue Five Opener: A Cop Out in the Woods

It turns out writing about forgiveness is hard. Maybe we don’t experience it very much, maybe we haven’t had the words to describe it when we have experienced it, but it certainly seems easiest to picture forgiveness by what it isn’t. And there are plenty of examples. Whole genres of film, drama and music have […]

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Issue Four Opener: The Ever-Blurring Line Between Workweek and Weekend

In an upcoming 2015 documentary called The Land, Vermont filmmaker Erin Davis is capturing the nature of play and risk-taking on an unusual playground in North Wales. The one-acre plot of vacant property, called “The Land,” is known as an “adventure playground,” which allows children of all ages the free space to roll down hills […]

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Opener to The Relationship Issue

“Love will find you, it’s as sure as gravity” –Tonio K. Contrary to Tonio K, we don’t like hearing love will find us. We want to “find love.” And today, as much as ever, many outfits are lining up to guide us to where love lives. Among those guides to the land of love are […]

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Snozberries for the King in Yellow: Why HBO’s True Detective Is a Religious Text

Written by Adrienne Parks 3500 words In his beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl created the concept of lickable wallpaper. “Lick an orange, it tastes like an orange! The strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!” And of course, all the children in the story fall to licking the […]

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True Colors: Car Choices, Food Sources, and the Fauxthenticity of Our Times

by James Haydn Gilmore 3500 words At the lectern for the 2011 multidisciplinary design conference Gravity Free, meeting at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, stood award-winning graphic artist and designer Rick Valicenti. Toward the end of his slideshow, Valicenti displayed a color palette for automobiles in the 1950s―vivid blues and […]

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When A Measure Becomes A Target: Inside the Economics of Repentance

 by Will McDavid 5500 words “The first messenger that gave notice of Lucullus’s coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man daring to bring further information, without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who […]

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Paging Doctor Presley: Thoughts on the Healing Hands of King Mockingbird

4000 words Written by David Zahl I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. If previous forays into the music and life of Elvis Presley had taught me anything, it was that the King was fundamentally surprising. Just when you thought you had him pinned down to a specific style or period or even medium, some fresh […]

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