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Two Williams Suicides

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Molly Rowan Leach

I have had relationships with two men with the surname of Williams who completed suicide -- one, my fiancé. The other, someone I never met, but for whom I felt the most sincere love and appreciation for the gut laughter he brought up in me, and billions, time and again over decades.

When Did America Get So Weird?

Jerry Lanson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

After living the first six months of 2014 in Provence, France, my wife, Kathy, and I figured we'd face some minor cultural readjustments coming home to Boston. Coffee mild enough so that it didn't grow hair on my chest, for example, or showers, with four walls instead of three, that didn't bathe the entire bathroom floor.

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9 Everyday Things That Used To Be Totally Taboo

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty

Many of the freedoms we take for granted today weren't enjoyed by generations before us, believe it or not. And we're not just talking about the big t...

33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family

The Huffington Post | Madeline Wahl | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents

The American family looks different than it did 50, or even 10, years ago. The number of children living with two married parents has steadily dec...

Santa Barbara Shooting Reflects American Culture

Byron Williams | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Byron Williams

Isn't it time to come to the realization that shooting sprees like the one recently in Santa Barbara that left six dead is simply part of American culture? Why treat it like an aberration?

Elliot Rodger's Imagined Rejection

Joe Lauria | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Joe Lauria

Rodger did not reject the culture that bullied him. He wanted to succeed in it. Because he couldn't, he wanted to destroy it.

Behemoth in a Bathrobe: A Dialogue

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I am that still, small voice -- inside, at the back -- that says, "I can." And I've pushed my way to the front, because, even a dozen years after 9/11, "the day everything changed," I'm hearing, "I can't." What has happened to us?

Immigration as River of No Return

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The politicians tortuously obstructing immigration reform in Congress have limited knowledge and little imagination to see the big picture.

15 Food Reasons Americans Are Winning At Life

Posted 02.25.2014 | Taste

We have a holiday dedicated entirely to food. Enough said.

Sid Caesar: A Tortured Genius's Long Legacy

David Margolick | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
David Margolick

Preserved only on grainy kinescopes (though not by NBC, which had chucked them), Sid Caesar's creations were never recycled. So millions of viewers today don't know of his legacy. Or think they don't. In fact, they see it every night.

Major Collection of Allen Ginsberg Photos Donated to University of Toronto

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
University of Toronto News

The University of Toronto is home to the world's largest collection of photographs by the late beat poet, Allen Ginsberg.

8 Things About America Other Cultures Find Odd

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Visiting America can be a mind-blowing experience. There are so many beautiful places to see, cities to wander, and regions to explore. There's also a...

Youth Sports World Is Insane

Ken Reed | Posted 03.12.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a whole, our youth sports system is broken. As the country's performance culture increasingly focuses on the development of elite athletes at the youth sports level, our kids are burning out emotionally at a greater clip and at an earlier age.

Incredible Visualization of American Culture

Jonathan Ezer | Posted 02.25.2014 | Media
Jonathan Ezer

Tim Wu wrote a fascinating article in the New Republic about Netflix's war on mass culture. We liked it, so we animated it, using some of our latest techniques.

Why Does America Love Its Extroverts?

Chris Crouch | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

What became clear is that our system of education has intentionally chosen extroverts as the preferred way of being. This realization caused me to begin to reflect on how I could create an educational experience that is more equitable for all.

American-Style War, Sunny-Side Up

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the years when I was growing up more or less middle class, American war on the childhood front couldn't have been sunnier.

In the Shadow of War

Beverly Gologorsky | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Beverly Gologorsky

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there's remarkably little evidence of it.

Singing the American Mythology with Soul

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Blackness is the story of my life and I will not allow the story of black people to be buried," Donnie wrote in response to one of the questions I forwarded him through email.

Don't Be Afraid to Touch Death

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

How sad to live in a lie at the end of one's life. How sad to risk regrets, not realizing the blessings that come with the alternative -- a depth of intimacy that we may never have experienced before and that will never be available again.

The Other Media Revolution

Mark Hannah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Mark Hannah

The story of this "other" media revolution is also a bit counterintuitive to an American audience, which readily identifies the Internet as an empowering and democratizing medium, but has a different experience domestically with the commercialization of news journalism.

What Is American?

Ryan Banfill | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Ryan Banfill

When I was in high school, a fellow teenager asked me, "Why do you speak all proper and s*%t?" I have watched people stare at me as they tried to get to the courage to ask me, "What are you?" Incidentally, it's that same question my children get asked even today.

Syria: A Question of Balancing America's Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Will we lead the world to prevent more chemical warfare, especially against innocent children or will we turn a deaf ear? Will we defer to our lowest values or lift up our highest ideals?

Into the Uncanny Valley of Death Rides Miley Cyrus, or It's Time for the Next Reinvention of Feminism

Russell C. Smith | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Russell C. Smith

Since sexual shock and awe is getting harder to pull off, maybe its time women in rock shifted back to taking more power away from the guys in other ways.

At a Redneck Gun Raffle

Thom Nickels | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Thom Nickels

It was mesmerizing watching festival old-timers, men in beards and women in long country hair, going around meeting friends and acquaintances. Here, truly, was a portrait of rural America.

Steinway's Sale Is a Sour Note for Made in America

Brian Ross | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Brian Ross

"Made in America" took another major hit very quietly yesterday. An American musical institution, the 160-year-old American piano maker Steinway and S...