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John Jeremiah Sullivan

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Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

A profile of the novelist, who is surprised to be alive.

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The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and vanished without a trace.

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Back in the Day

On Michael Jackson’s talent.

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That Chop on the Upbeat

Investigating ska’s moment of conception.

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Leaving Reality

Life after The Real World.

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Mister Lytle: An Essay

Memories of living with the writer Andrew Lytle late in his life.

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Upon This Rock

A visit to the Christian rock Cross-Over Festival in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

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My Father, the Smoker

On growing up with a self-destructive parent.

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Where Is Cuba Going?

A nation’s uncertain future.

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Venus and Serena Against the World

The liberation of the Williams sisters.

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Chris Bell: That Don't Get Him Back Again

Listening to the Big Star songwriter, who left the group before dying in a solo car crash at 27.

His voice, on the recordings, is too sensitive. That's meant not as an aesthetic judgment. It wasn't too sensitive for the material, in other words. It was too sensitive for life. You listen to him sing, closely, and if you don't know another thing about what happened to him, you know that the guy with that voice is not going to last.

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Leaving Reality

Life after a stint on The Real World.

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My Debt to Ireland

An essay on heritage, history and literature.

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Peyton's Place

When your house is the set of One Tree Hill:

On one shoot, I remember, I'd been confused about where they needed to set up (confession: hungover), and as a result neglected to clean the bedroom. Later, a crew guy—the same one who'd told me about Blue Velvet—said, "I'm not used to picking up other people's underwear." I felt like saying, Then don't go into their bedrooms at nine o'clock in the morning! Except… he was paying to be in my bedroom.
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You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!

A journey to Disney World with kids and weed.

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Feet in Smoke

An essay about the weeks after the author’s brother nearly died.

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Too Much Information

On David Foster Wallace’s unfinished novel, The Pale King, and his legacy.

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The Last Wailer

A trip to Kingston, Jamaica to track down Bunny Wailer, a reggae legend now living “in his own private Zion.”

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The Final Comeback of Axl Rose

Four years after a disastrous MTV performance had led him to avoid the public, Rose was back on stage.