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We Are Alive
Nearly half a century ago, when Elvis Presley was filming “Harum Scarum” and “Help!” was on the charts, a moody, father-haunted, yet uncannily charismatic Shore rat named Bruce Springsteen was…
Published: July 30, 2012
Length: 62 minutes (15690 words)
Good Will Hunting: An Oral History
Fifteen years after the release of the movie that made them stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck—along with the rest of the cast and crew—reflect in their own words on how a long-shot film…
Length: 21 minutes (5338 words)
Sex, Drugs, and the Biggest Cybercrime of All Time
They'd been high all weekend long — on Ecstasy, coke, mushrooms and acid — so there seemed little harm in doing one last bump of Special K while they packed up to leave their…
Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Length: 30 minutes (7559 words)
How Chris McCandless Died
Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had…
Published: Sept. 12, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2589 words)
Please Allow Me To Correct a Few Things
Imagining if Mick Jagger responded to Keith Richards about his new autobiography. "I am, I see here, marginally endowed, if I read Keith's sniggering aright. I do not sing well, either. I am not polite to employees; indeed, I have even been known to say, 'Oh, shut up, Keith,' in band meetings. I do not appreciate the authenticity of the music or the importance of what we do. I want to 'lord it over' the band, like James Brown. I am 'insufferable.' I slept with Anita."
The Web Means the End of Forgetting
Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption “Drunken Pirate.” After discovering the page, her supervisor at the high school told her the photo was “unprofessional,” and the dean of Millersville University School of Education, where Snyder was enrolled, said she was promoting drinking in virtual view of her under-age students. As a result, days before Snyder’s scheduled graduation, the university denied her a teaching degree.
Whatever Happened to NWA's Posse?
The cover of the 1987 album N.W.A and the Posse does not look like something released by one of the most important rap groups of all time. ... Stare for a moment and you can see a myth about to be born. That myth, gangsta rap, enabled four guys in this picture — Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Eazy-E — to titillate and terrify America as Compton-based rap group Niggaz With Attitude.
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