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Author Saeed Jones on Empathy, the Power of Memoir, and Growing up Gay in North Texas

“My mission has always been to help people understand that we are never alone in the world.”

Saeed Jones possesses the rare ability to see himself with uncompromising clarity. He also has the courage to put his insights down on paper, chronicling the shame, vulnerability, and self-destruction that marked his journey into adulthood in a fervent memoir … Read More

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‘How the Gringos Stole Tequila’ Tells the Complex Story of Mexico’s Favorite Spirit

Amid corporate buyouts, environmental threats, and cultural appropriation, can tequila keep its ties to the land?

How the Gringos Stole Tequila is the sort of book title that speaks for itself. “It was kind of tongue-in-cheek,” author and culinary travel writer Chantal Martineau recalls of suggesting the phrase to her publishers. “I’m actually shocked they kept … Read More

Phosphor Tailings Pond #4 Near Lakeland, Florida, USA, 2012
Culture

Beautiful Ruins: ‘Anthropocene’ Is a Sobering Ecological Prophecy

In this visually stunning documentary, ingenuity is humanity’s fatal flaw.

One of the first shots of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a new documentary chronicling how humans have changed the earth, features a massive pile of severed elephant tusks. The dismal scene takes place on a nature preserve in Kenya, where … Read More

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