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American Gothic was a subterranean shithole bar known for its existentially tortured clientele and extreme indifference to the minimum drinking age.
Excerpted from the novel by Michael  Atchison
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  August 17, 2012
This week in the Phoenix: Techno-monks, wonder drugs, and trippy pixels

This week in the Phoenix: Techno-monks, wonder drugs, and trippy pixels


Image from our "Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom" slideshow.Turns out, you don't have to look very hard to find the geeky bits of any given...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 27, 2011
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Vowell's America

How Hawaii became "American"
How Hawaii became "American"
By AMY FINCH  |  March 25, 2011
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Sarah and the shipmates

Humorist, historian, superhero. Sarah Vowell is a woman of letters and voices.
Vowell on the Puritans and the founding of Rhode Island
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009
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The Iquitarod

Phillipe and Jorge wish they could claim to have coined that headline about professional loony Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska prior to her first term being completed, but full points go to Geoffrey Dunn of The Huffington Post .
Sarah says 'no mas.' Plus, the United States of Goldman Sachs.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  July 10, 2009
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Interview: Christopher Monks

Ever feel you should earn points for remembering to get up in the morning?
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By CLEA SIMON  |  January 13, 2009


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Scarlet letters

Sarah Vowell’s fifth book, The Wordy Shipmates (Riverhead) — released on October 7 — examines New England Puritans with a meticulously researched, critical-yet-comical eye.  
The uptight killjoy in us
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 09, 2008
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Winners and sinners

Ah, fall, when Nobel Prize winners are announced — and, now, when past winners turn up with more good reading.
Barth, Bolaño, Roth, Morrison, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 08, 2008
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Told right

One thing is certain in publishing: your chances of survival in the industry are much better if you have a good sense of humor.
Sloane Crosley gets her cake
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 07, 2008
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Seeing isn’t believing

Public radio has a number of gritty survival skills. One of these is the ability to fly under the pop-culture radar like an ambiguously cool former classmate.
Ira Glass takes This American Life to television
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 14, 2007