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Pope Francis: The Church Has Many Obsessions

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of asking, however, why people are running away from churches faster than a squirrel will cross a busy street, most fundamentalist Christian leaders point to those leaving as if something were wrong with them.

'We Have All Eternity To Be Skeletal'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts

Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte has been making a name for herself in the art world since she became ORLAN in the early 1970s. The French performance...

So Long, Sarah

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As Palin leaves her national audience on Fox News, though, we have to at least give her credit for her staying power. Even lefties, if they're honest, will admit that they're kind of going to miss Sarah. Granted, it's in a Nixonian "to kick around" sort of sense, but still.

Ben Franklin Would Have Approved Of This Obsession

Posted 01.17.2013 | Arts

What do Benjamin Franklin and AMC President and CEO Josh Sapan have in common? The two men share an affinity for lightning rods, the former being the ...

2012 Obsessions

Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts

From Clint Eastwood's RNC speech to the popularization of "YOLO," plenty of strange, often internet-driven obsessions occupied people's thoughts and c...

For the Love of Pentax

Jason Winer | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Jason Winer

Since digital technology has destroyed everything I once loved about this sacred art form, I get my rocks off in a different, frankly much more expensive way.

Obsession: Fantasy Football

Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Arts
Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer

Fantasy football is no longer just our hobby, it's our livelihood. We created a TV show called The League that revolves around -- you guessed it -- a fantasy football league.

Obsessed: Cartography

Graham Arader | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Graham Arader

When it comes to map collecting, I am the epitome of an obsessive-compulsive, borderline maniacal fanatic in every respect.

Obsessed: David Rees' Extensive Record Collection

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts

Inspired by one professor's infectious enthusiasm for Emily Dickinson, Obsessed is an ongoing HuffPost Arts & Culture series exploring the idiosyncrat...

Mallika Rao

Birds And The (Famous) People Who Love Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home

Every year, two communities descend on Central Park in large numbers -- millions of birds of stunning variety, from hummingbirds to herons to hawks, ...

Obsessed: Taxidermy

Rachel Poliquin | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Rachel Poliquin

Taxidermy wants time to stop. To keep life. To cherish what should have long passed from view and savour its form immortally. There is something inherently disconcerting about such insatiable, unfulfillable longings. And perhaps this is why I am labelled as a taxidermy lover.

Mallika Rao

America's Sweethearts: Why Mugshots Are The New Found Art

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.15.2012 | Home

Some people collect stamps. Mark Michaelson, a graphic designer in Manhattan, prefers mugshots. Not just any old mug will do -- Michaelson’s 10,000-...

Obsessed: Woodworking

Nick Offerman | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts
Nick Offerman

In my day job, performing for folks is a gas, and I am very tickled to make a nice living as a professional jackass, but it is the production of sawdust and shavings that brings me the most profound satisfaction.

When A Composer Loves Another Composer

Daron Hagen | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Daron Hagen

Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.

The Best Singer You Don't Know (But Should)

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Jose Antonio Vargas

Who is Audra McDonald? In a fairer, more purely artistic world -- one in which popularity is directly proportional to talent -- such a question would border on heresy.

Obsessed: Rosalind Franklin

Theresa Esquerra | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Theresa Esquerra

My interest in Rosalind Franklin was not in the biographical details, but the palpable sense of injustice surrounding her story -- the universal desire of being able to obtain credit and recognition for your work without being cheated out of it.

Obsessed: The Banjo

Craig Evans | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Craig Evans

There's a current resurgence in interest in the banjo by today's popular musicians (i.e. Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Taylor Swift). Those new folks may come and go, but a true obsession runs very deep. For at least one lifetime.

20 Signs That You may be Addicted to Words With Friends

Jenny Isenman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Women
Jenny Isenman

Love Words With Friends? If more than half of the items below describe YOU, I'll see you in WWFAA.

Obsessed: The Didgeridoo

Pitz Quattrone | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Pitz Quattrone

As a young adult I was headed for life-threatening trouble, but remarkably a wonderful woman agreed to marry me. We had a great kid, but I was still without direction, working dead-end jobs and feeling something important was missing. Then the didge found me.

Obsession With Tobacco Turns Into Art

Posted 03.12.2012 | Latino Voices

Janio Núñez worked as a "torcedor" or cigar-roller in Cuba for many years until one day his craft became a little more than just a job. "I saw m...

Gazelle Emami

OBSESSED: MAPS

HuffingtonPost.com | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.31.2012 | Home

Inspired by one professor's infectious enthusiasm for Emily Dickinson, Obsessed is a new HuffPost Culture series exploring the idiosyncratic, all-cons...

An Expert In Americana On Why She Lives For China

Abigail Washburn | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Abigail Washburn

When I first started playing the banjo, there was a period when I didn't go to China. It hurt. Like a pain in my gut. That pain you feel when you know it's time to connect with your parents or your God or your child or your past or your future... and you don't do it.

Lewis and Clark... And Mike

Sydney Levin | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Sydney Levin

Lewis and Clark will never know that their journey inspired one man to show his daughters the natural majesty hidden behind a land of malls. But I know.

The Need to Obsess

Kirsten Chilstrom | Posted 04.02.2012 | Style
Kirsten Chilstrom

Every so often, I discover something new which excites me, which triggers an oft-unexpected burst of physiological euphoria, and I choose to get drunk on it.

Obsessed: Coffee

David Lynch | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
David Lynch

Coffee has always seemed to facilitate thinking and catching ideas. Not only that, but the flavor of coffee is beyond the beyond good. Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all. For many years, I drank probably 20 cups of instant coffee per day.