Category Archives: Memoir

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The Flaw In the Force: The Star Wars Holiday Special

George Lucas tried his best to keep 1978’s Star Wars Holiday Special from ever being seen, but the Internet has bested him. Robert Burke Warren gives a kind overview to this perceived blight on Lucas’ legacy, and suggests you do the same. After all, it’s Christmas! (And/or Life Day.) Continue reading

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Yours, Mine

In which the identity of Gabriel Mason is stolen, perhaps by Gabriel Masón. Continue reading

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The Big One

Ben Tanzer lets it all hang out when discussing the gritty underside of his first true love. Continue reading

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We Wish You a Merry Sixmas

Was there ever a better Christmas mixtape than Merry Sixmas? Likely not. Our music editor Robert Burke Warren takes us back to the 80s, when a second-generation cassette mix made by a stranger named Eddie G opened up a whole new way of listening to and sharing music. Continue reading

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Learning Her Own Way

Janice Eidus on the trials and triumphs of educating her daughter. Continue reading

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Shawn is my Shepherd

Guide dog trainer Steve Neumann discusses his connection with his dog Shawn, and the surprisingly human nature of German Shepherds. Continue reading

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Poor Pretty Thing

Gabriel Mason finds inspiration in the unlikeliest of places: a writers’ conference. Continue reading

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The Island of Apples

Lawrence Benner locates his long lost daughter, and discovers that she is not a pixie living in a thorn bush. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Scott Ian of Anthrax

Anthrax frontman and rock memoirist Scott Ian is definitely The Man, and he’s got The Stories. In advance of his rock and roll tell-all, still-going-strong Scott opens up to our own J.M. Blaine about time spent with Run DMC, Metallica, Public Enemy, and KISS, among others. Continue reading

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