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  1. A Historical Walk in the English Lake District

    “It’s been a poignant, thought-provoking journey, punctuated by two monuments: one to a way of life; one to life extinguished; and both inextricably bound to the mountain.” In this longread, George Kitching guides us over the Coniston mountains in the English Lake District, diving into the history and culture of the area.

    Exploration
    Photo by George Kitching
  2. Medievalists.net

    From recent archaeological discoveries to articles on pop-culture references to the so-called “Middle Ages,” the writers behind Medievalists.net aim to bring history alive.

    Architecture
  3. White Women In Robes 

    “White women in robes are marching in the streets again, and they are still leaving people of color behind.” Sherronda J. Brown discusses how eugenics, reproductive rights, white feminism, and white supremacy are historically and intricately connected.

    Commentary
  4. Mother Jones Magazine

    Now powered by WordPress.com VIP, award-winning Mother Jones is a reader-supported news nonprofit focused on independent and investigative reporting on politics, climate change, education, and more.

    Commentary
  5. True Untrue

    Jim reflects on overcoming addiction: “I had this weird thing where I had to accomplish all kinds of things, make up for the time that was lost to me, out of my control. You know what I mean?”

    Nonfiction
    Photo by David Sawyer
  6. Erin J. Bernard, Essayist

    From reflections on pop culture to thoughtful takes on politics in Portland and beyond, Erin J. Bernard’s site offers her perspective on a wide range of topics.

    Commentary
  7. On Art and Aesthetics

    From art and book reviews to thoughtful essays on pop culture, On Art and Aesthetics is a space for the exploration of “creativity and beauty across different media” by blogger and art lover Tulika.

    Art
  8. Paul Dobraszczyk

    Manchester, UK-based researcher, artist, and photographer Paul Dobraszczyk is interested in visual culture, the built-environment from the 19th century and on, the urban future, underground spaces, print culture, and industrial architecture.

    Architecture

    "Underground City" (2007)

  9. Why I Wrote “Walt’s Disneyland”

    “I believe Walt built Disneyland as a gift to his own inner child . . .” Jim Denney explains why he wrote his new book, Walt’s Disneyland.

    Authors
  10. “The Backfire Effect” Is the Cognitive Concept of the Moment

    Listen to the podcast that inspired a popular comic about changing one’s beliefs.

    Comics
  11. On Being

    The team behind On Being, a popular, award-winning radio show and podcast, publishes articles on the interplay of religion, culture, and modern life.

    Culture
  12. Exploring #Vanlife and Writing About Social Media Celebrities

    A Q&A with Rachel Monroe, who wrote about nomads in a vintage Volkswagen: “The idea of incorporating longer stints of rootlessness, even if there is a home base to come back to, is something that appeals to both professional vanlifers and people who are watching the trend from afar.”

    Culture
  13. The Elements of Bureaucratic Style

    Colin Dickey examines the syntax and bureaucratic voice in an email from United CEO Oscar Munoz: “Munoz employs the passive voice at key moments to make it clear that there are no other actors in this drama other than Dao.”

    Business
  14. The Complicated Past and Present of a California Utopia

    “And yet, like all utopian experiments, Esalen’s cracks widened as it grew in popularity and began to attract this wealthier set. Today’s guests hardly care about any sort of counterculture; they care, as Wolfe pointed out, about self-improvement.” Cody Delistraty spends a weekend at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, once a bastion of hippie counterculture.

    Culture
  15. “On a whim I google the origin of the word ‘geezer.’ The accepted opinion is that it derives from an obsolete cockney word guiser, meaning ‘one who walks around in a disguise.’ I believe the disguise must be brightly colored slacks, tucked-in polo shirt, white belt, and Velcro sneakers.”

    Nonfiction