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Life Advice Radio: What is Life Advice?

Some call it therapy. Some call it religion. Some call it self help. But there’s nothing transcendental here: This is straight talking in a world afraid to call advice advice. From a well-loved Walmart fold-up chair, we ask and answer What is…

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Zuma

Hey Roger. Haven’t seen any birds today, or at least, none that I remember, my only opportunity for them so far being the ten minutes of urban sidewalk I took between the roof I awoke under…

The New Kroger

The Sock Party

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks 1,400 miles north of The New Kroger, Milledgeville, Georgia, with my beautiful girlfriend Elizabeth and her parents at their home in Traverse City, Michigan. On the skin of things,…

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Pigeoneer

I don’t know much about birds either, Tom. They disturb my soul. Also, they’ve attacked me more than once here in Milledgeville. Dinosaurs on the wing. And so by extension, I also tend to find bird…

Concrete Jungle

On the Greenway

I moved to Minneapolis in May 2010, the year Bicycling named it the best cycling city in the country. That summer, unemployed, I sat on my girlfriend’s second-floor balcony and watched the bikes go by: Trek…

Books

Two-Man Book Club: Ben Marcus

I’m in a two-man book club with my athletic and morally upstanding friend, Jake. Last weekend we convened at his apartment in Los Feliz. He sat on an Ikea couch with a white cover that he’d…

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Ornithology

“The birds in Nicaragua aren’t watching cable news,” the ornithologist said. “So they’ll migrate the same time as they always do?” I asked. “Birds determine when to head north by the position of the sun. When…

Song of the Adjunct

Excuses

Mine is a world of endless excuses. Every due date, every end of semester, every time another do-nothing kid who’s five over the four-absence limit swings by my office to tell me all about his hardships—the…

Interviews

Jesse Ball

Through games, lies, and uncertain identities, Jesse Ball charts the give and take of competing realities. His writing feels architectural and theatrical, with narrative structures that could be drawn by an Etch A Sketch master: his…

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Have You Heard?

My dad, a retired fighter pilot, needed hearing aids for a while before he actually got them. It had reached a tragicomic point: we could no longer tell if he was actually mishearing us, or pretending…