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A Shadow History of Rock Music in the 1980s

A Shadow History of Rock Music in the 1980s
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A Shadow History of Rock Music in the 1980s

Novelist Tod Goldberg on murder, and why sports is so emotionally affecting

Novelist Tod Goldberg on murder, and why sports is so emotionally affecting
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Plotting murder, and the emotional impact of sports

Sharknado producer David Latt on how the B-movie sausage gets made

Sharknado producer David Latt on how the B-movie sausage gets made
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How the B-movie sausage gets made

Novelist Cynthia Sweeney on getting your big creative break at mid-life

Novelist Cynthia Sweeney on getting your big creative break at mid-life
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Getting your big creative break at mid-life

Bookslut Jessa Crispin on Keanu Reeves and the joys of celebrity fixation

Bookslut Jessa Crispin on Keanu Reeves and the joys of celebrity fixation
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Keanu Reeves, idealized love, and the joys of celebrity fixation

The Sears Christmas Wish Book was (truly) great American literature

The Sears Christmas Wish Book was (truly) great American literature
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The Sears Wish Book was (truly) great American literature

Comedian Ari Shaffir on ‘shrooms, hugging, and quitting smartphones

Comedian Ari Shaffir on ‘shrooms, hugging, and quitting smartphones
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Quitting your smartphone, and the merits of magic mushrooms

Disaster Artist writer Tom Bissell on bogus authenticity and violence in art

Disaster Artist writer Tom Bissell on bogus authenticity and violence in art
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The Disaster Artist, bogus authenticity, and thrash metal

Everest mountaineer Alison Levine on introversion and finding mentors

Everest mountaineer Alison Levine on introversion and finding mentors
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Introversion, finding mentors, and mountaineering’s Glass Ceiling

Hollywood composer Rolfe Kent on the joys of throwing out quality work

Hollywood composer Rolfe Kent on the joys of throwing out quality work
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Optimizing creativity, discipline, and throwing out quality work

TV host Ernest White II on black/white, gay/straight male friendships

TV host Ernest White II on black/white, gay/straight male friendships
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On black/white and gay/straight male friendships

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss on how to create a successful podcast

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss on how to create a successful podcast
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How to create a successful podcast