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They Found Him in Vegas: The Guy Who Did It, the House Next Door

LET’S SAY IT’S 1987. The whole family is out in the backyard, Memorial Day weekend. Father, mother, sister, brother, brother’s pregnant wife, and me. The old grill has got burgers spitting grease over by the garage. Folding lawn chairs, citronella candles. … Continue reading

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The 50 Greatest Hockey Enforcer Names of All Time

While debate can rage about the role of fighting in hockey, there is no doubt that the history of hockey enforcing has produced names that would do Shakespeare, Dickens and Nabokov proud. Continue reading

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Song Beneath the Song: Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”

Bod Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue,” from his 1975 classic Blood On the Tracks, is unfinished. Always has been, always will be. Its incompleteness, however, is part of its power. It is no accident. Dylan engineered “Tangled Up In Blue” to be open-ended, unsealed, and shape-shifting, not unlike a jazz composition. He tinkers with it, sometimes radically reinventing it, both lyrically and melodically, to this day, making it one of the most resilient, resonant unfinished songs ever. Our own Robert Burke Warren gets deep into this distinctive, odd nugget from the Dylan canon. Continue reading

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Sunday Light and Word – Parallel Harmonies

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SEVEN THINGS WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THIS WEEK: Spinoff Edition

Every single thing we shouldn’t be talking about now combined in one easy-to-swallow gel cap. Continue reading

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The Reading of Osama bin Laden

Bin Laden reading “New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11″ is like Lee Harvey Oswald curling up with “Crossfire.” Continue reading

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Fuck Your Breath: Casualties of the Deadly Intersection of Black and Blue

Is it open season on African-Americans at U.S. police departments? Continue reading

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Dispatches From Zermatt: Unplugging At 5,000 Feet

Guest Weekling D.B. Miller files this report from Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn and the springtime festival Zermatt Unplugged, where “the majesty and cruelty of nature create artistic tension, casting a spell on the artists who dare to make the pilgrimage.” Continue reading

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Sunday Light and Word – This Cabaret

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