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The Evangelical Scion Who Stopped Believing

The New York Times Magazine

The son of a famous pastor, Bart Campolo is now a rising star of atheism—using the skills he learned in the world he left behind.

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The Illusionist

Tablet

In the 1980s, one of L.A.’s great party hosts was illusion collector Al Seckel. One of his best illusions was himself.

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The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side

The Atlantic

Shimano arrived with just the robes on his back. His Zen conquered Manhattan. He conquered its women.

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The Beggars of Lakewood

The New York Times

What better place for beggars to congregate than a city where everyone feels called by God to give?

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Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?

BuzzFeed

The atheist movement has moved out of the shadows. But its men have not all moved out of the dark ages.

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Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All

The New York Times

Look out on Bryant Park: people eating, talking, playing. Maybe mobile phones have not been the death of city life.

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Forty Thoughts on a Fourth Daughter

Medium

#6: The father of four has something in common with the childless man: people’s thoughts turn toward his genitals.

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Poetry's Cross-Dressing Kingmaker

The New York Times

What hangs in the closet of Stephen Burt—poet, critic, obsessive WNBA fan—may be the least interesting thing about him. 

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Attacks From Within: On Janet Malcolm

The Nation

She is our greatest journalist, but even she does not always know what she’s saying.

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Married, With Infidelities

The New York Times

Dan Savage thinks monogamy is right for some people. Others might want to try being monogamish.

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The Race That Is Not About Winning

The Believer

To an ex–cross country runner, the movies of Arrested Development’s Michael Cera are like art on two feet.

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Ross Douthat's Fantasy World

Mother Jones

Conservative columnist Ross Douthat loves Tolkien and hates abortion. He has the hair, and the air, of an older man.

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It's a Wonderful Block

The New York Times

Some blocks are friendly, happy, neighborly. Somehow, they just work. The trick is to figure out why.

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The Actualizer

The New York Times

Scientology may be a weird techno-futurist quasi-cult. That doesn’t mean this man can’t use it to help your acting.

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The First Dance

The New York Times

For a century, dancing had been banned at John Brown University. On a cold December night in the Ozarks, that all changed.

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