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Out in the Great Alone
"In late February, I flew to Alaska with the intention of following the 2013 Iditarod all the way from Anchorage to Nome... I was staring at a week and a half of bone-deep cold, probable-verging-on-inevitable blizzards, baneful travel conditions, and total isolation from the civilized (read: broadband-having) world. I hate snow, do not play winter sports, keep the thermostat at 65 on a good day, and haven’t logged out of Spotify since 2011. I’m not even a dog person." — Brian Phillips
Why do people hate certain words?
The George Saunders story “Escape From Spiderhead,” included in his much praised new book Tenth of December, is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. The sprawling, futuristic tale delves into several potentially unnerving topics: suicide, sex, psychotropic drugs. It includes graphic scenes of self-mutilation. It employs the...
How the internet is making us poor

Like farming and factory work before it, the labors of the mind are being colonized by devices and systems. In the early 1800′s, nine out of ten Americans worked in agriculture—now it’s around 2%. At its peak, about a third of the US population was employed in manufacturing—now it’s less than 10%. How many decades until the figures are similar for the information-processing tasks that typify rich countries’ post-industrial economies?

How Three Kidnapped Women Escaped in Cleveland

For Berry and the others to be rescued, in other words, two things had to happen: she had to never forget who she was, and that who she was mattered; and Ramsey needed to not care who she might be at all—to think that all that mattered was that a woman was trapped behind a door that wouldn’t open, and to walk onto the porch.

Classic, Your Name Is 'Mud'

You'll want to sop up Joe Morgenstern's review of this new indie film of rural Americana and then run out and see it just to be a part of the club of writerly inspiration. "Mud invites us in with open arms and treats us to a terrific tale zestfully told."

Boston Amputees Face New Reality
"In some cases, several members of the same family were severely hurt... Newlyweds Patrick Downes, 29, and Jessica Kensky, 32, of Cambridge, Mass., both lost their left legs below the knee, said Tom Treacy, a close friend. "What gives me comfort in this whole thing is the fact that they'll be going through what sounds like a pretty similar rehabilitation process," he said."
Why do goats yell like humans?
If you’re among the millions who have spent a significant portion of the last month watching videos of goats yelling like humans, you may have wondered: Why do goats yell like that? Are they distressed? Do they yell for any particular reason? Are they trying to tell us something?
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