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Nobody Special: Reflections on The Rise of Skywalker

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow. Before making the original Star Wars, George Lucas spent years working on Apocalypse Now, a film about the tragedy of America’s war in Vietnam. You don’t have to look too closely to see that, in its own way, Star Wars is also about the folly of American empire. More specifically, it’s about […]

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Congratulations: These Are the Shifts Available

These are the shifts available.

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George Michael and Your Authentic Self

What’s obvious and achingly beautiful is your yearning to be your authentic self. It isn’t about being straight or gay, it’s about honesty, acceptance, and love.

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The Point: Elegy for California

Soon we will leave California.

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Why Are You Leaving?

Because my mom worked all those years. Because my dad climbed all those hills.

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Thank You, Neighbor

You couldn’t ask for better neighbors than Malcolm and Cindy. That’s what our landlord said when I first saw our old place, a little cabin on the meadow in Lake Tahoe. He was right. A month after my girlfriend Lisa and I moved in, six feet of snow dropped out of the sky. Malcolm let […]

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Coastal Cat: A Week Alone

The sea lifts and falls, lifts and falls, and I search for a fresh place in the litter box where I won’t get a dangler. Just you try having one of those for a whole week.