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“Like a Wedding”

A confession: I had never been to a gay wedding before my own. Another: a gay wedding turns out to be pretty much the same...

Isla Vista: Two Essays

In the wake of the recent shootings, Avidly offers two essays about the challenge of reading Isla Vista: "The Mein Kampf  of Isla Vista" by Kirsten...

Moral Mondays, Paper Planes, and the Pursuit of Happiness

I watched streaming video of the Moral Monday protests in Raleigh, North Carolina, for several weeks in 2013 before I attended one. You see,...

Unfeeling Godzilla

On the morning of August 30, 2005, the front page of the New York Times featured a photo of New Orleans in the aftermath...

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...

Invisible Children

We were supposed to be reading some book, about some subject, for some test. My inability to remember which book, for what purpose, and...