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Editor’s note: We recommend you play the below audio recording while reading this article. John Adams’ “Christian Zeal and Activity” performed by Edo De Waart and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1986 And I Believe That Composer John Adams’ piece “Christian Zeal and Activity,” first recorded in 1973, stands in the middle of all of…

Bachelor parties exemplify what I love and hate about masculinity. On the one hand, they exist as a relic of an archaic form of masculinity that stands to separate men and woman as dichotomously oppositional social beings. On the other hand, the ritualistic and liminal aspects of these parties cement friendships amongst men and allow…

2014 was an unprecedented year of, well, unprecedented years. We can talk about the positives and negatives, how Ebola showed the world that another Black Plague might be possible, and I talked about ISIS and slave markets a couple months ago. There are many things that we can agree upon that make 2014 ‘special’, with…

Part 5 of 7 from Essays on Weather for a Post-Katrina Society On November 18, 2007, about 250 people gathered in front of the state house in Atlanta, Georgia in an act of extreme desperation. Joined by three ministers and a gospel choir, Governor Sonny Perdue presided, leading the citizens of Georgia in a prayer…