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    red dead remembrance

    March 15, 2019
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      1 – “Far Away” by Jose Gonzalez Exposed breasts—his sworn enemy. The countless executions, f-bombs, and depictions of drug use are fine in my father’s eyes. No, it’s the threat of exposed breasts—virtual ones, for chrissakes—that makes him recoil from the pre-owned copy of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption I clutch to my chest. […]

    A Big King in Providence

    November 9, 2018
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    Something ceremonial hangs in the air tonight. It’s in our voices, our selfies, the way the night feels: It permeates our conversation with Miguel, our Uber driver. We tell him we’re new here, transplants from California. We’re venturing off College Hill for the first time to dine at a restaurant apparently so good it’s theatrical. […]

    Trouble in the Galaxy

    April 13, 2017
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    Standing outside the Anaheim Convention Center, I joked with my dad that one’s devotion is really tested by these sorts of things. It was barely 10 a.m., and the Southern California heat drew sweat from our foreheads. The doors to WonderCon (the precursor to the big kahuna, San Diego ComicCon) would not even open until […]

    To Mock a Tyrant

    February 23, 2017
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    It’s 2017, and we take our timelines like we take our coffee: dark, bitter, and likely to keep us up all night tossing and turning. The front page of every newspaper, every day, reads like a fear-mongering Hillary Clinton campaign ad: “Imagine a world in which the least qualified, most morally bankrupt presidential candidate in […]

    You’ll Never Walk Alone

    February 2, 2017
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    They came from Houston and upstate Michigan, from Greensboro, North Carolina, and Brooklyn. A group of young girls carried a giant banner representing hundreds more people from Kentucky, and a parade of women from New Mexico passed by in yellow sashes. A local TV reporter searched for anyone from Indiana, and I met a trio […]