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No group is more intimately familiar with necessary pain than recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Addiction takes us on downward trajectories until a point, unique to each, that is simply unacceptable. Nothing motivates like total desperation.



I’ve decided to sell off my gigantic book collection on eBay. It’s very heavy on the independent, “alternative,” unusual, subversive, fascinating, etc. Much of the material is scarce and collectible.   After…










What’s your take on Thanksgiving, American disinfonauts? Do you love all that overeating and American Football on TV, not to mention time spent with family? Mitchel Cohen (writer, activist, poet, former chair…



At the heart of the Enlightenment was the notion that the world could in principle be explained. Yet perplexingly the biggest questions seem to defy explanation. Is explanation an illusion, or does…









It’s a question often asked of the conspiratorially minded, born from an irritation with the modern tendency to question every event and its mainstream media account. Of course, it’s really a statement – “Everything isn’t a conspiracy!”