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Silken Slippers or Wooden Shoes?

In his timely book, The End is Always Near, author and podcaster Dan Carlin examines apocalyptic events throughout history, including wars, famines, environmental disasters and pandemics.  He poses the interesting question of whether these catastrophes produce a generation of “tougher” people – meaning those who are better able to adapt to the uncertainty and tragedy …

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Self Help: Staying Sane When You’re Never Good Enough

You’ve undoubtedly heard the legend of Sisyphus, but here’s a reminder: Sisyphus was the king of Corinth, a man who tricked Hades into locking himself up in the closet with handcuffs. Sisyphus kept tricking death until finally he was condemned to push a stone up a hill in Tartarus (hell). He could never complete his task, …

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Sex, Lies, and the Issue that’s Larger than Harvey Weinstein

Every time a character is killed in The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Western distributed by The Weinstein Company in 2015, blood and butchery splatter across Jennifer Jason Leigh’s expectant face. Tarantino stages these violent outbursts, and the degradation of the female lead, for gleeful male laughter. The residue on Leigh’s face is a porn …

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