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Remains of Titanic Iceberg Defend Innocence

Nearly nine years after centenary observances of the RMS Titanic and its tragic sinking on April 15, 1912, a former iceberg has come forward to defend itself against allegations that it caused the fateful collision.At a press conference in Newfoundland, four hundred miles north of the site of the mid-Atlantic disaster that became a watery […]

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Earth’s Fast Rotation is the New Spin Cycle

As the world turns Even though it’s over, 2020 is still getting worse. Case in point, scientists have discovered that, due to a variety of circumstances, the Earth apparently spun on its axis at an increased rate last year. Yes, our collective merry-go-round is going faster—hang on tight. Though the increased speed added up to […]

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The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn: It’s Not Over Yet

“The darkest hour is just before dawn.” Like many Gen Xers, I was introduced to this concept in a Mamas and Papas lyric crackling away on an FM station on a Volvo car radio. It was the ’70s, and the aftermath of Watergate and the war in Viet Nam hung pungently in the air like […]

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On Writing

Writing in Cafes

Remember writing in cafes? My own obsession began with Christine’s Cafe in Petaluma in the mid-’80s but quickly metastasized into San Anselmo’s Cafe Nuvo and finally into San Francisco’s North Beach. This is where my cohorts and I vainly searched for traces of the Beats, who, by the early ’90s, were so heavily productized and […]

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Culture

Nietzsche Is Peachy

If you’re reading this, I will presume that you’re still alive. Congratulations. This is a difficult feat to accomplish these days. Maybe even more difficult than reading this while dead, not to get us into any sticky religious implications. Just know that the universe has a habit of conspiring against you, Dear Reader—what with the […]