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How Polar Explorers Survived Social Distance

Polar explorers, at least those who had sailed from Europe or America, spent their winters immobilized in the total darkness of Arctic and Antarctic...

Another Failed Seaside Erection

"I promise not to do this to Greenland!" Donald Trump joked in a tweet featuring a photoshopped image of a "TRUMP"-embossed gilded tower looming...

My Polar Quibbles

HBO just released a movie about Joe Paterno's role in the child rape outrages at Penn State (where I teach), and the local community...

I Guess That I Will Weep No More

Recently I saw a brilliantly chilling local production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. This musical, which grants the stage to the men and women who...

Not Kosher

A three-week-old tweet about Taylor Swift's supposedly giant vagina by Jennifer Mayers, a Baton Rouge woman describing herself as Christian Trump supporter, received fresh...

“Moby-Bergin”

"So Real You Wouldn't Even Know": Michael Bergin's Oceanic Knowledge Call him Michael Bergin. In a video that went viral earlier this week after he...

A Family Adventures “Into the Woods”

Avidly is very avid about beloved cultural objects — movies and musicals among them.  In anticipation of the new movie version of Into the Woods,...

My Chilly Ponies

The news out of Antarctica this week is terrible. You might assume that I refer to this week's report of the looming, irreversible collapse of...

Lonely Connect

The polar explorer Felicity Aston is the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first human to do so under her own muscle alone. I...

“Terry was a dude”: A dialogue on “Backstreets” and “Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey Traffic Jam”

Recently Rolling Stone published a list of the 100 greatest Bruce Springsteen songs of all time as decided by a panel of Rolling Stone...

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