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The Purge: Anarchy

Can I ask for 30 seconds of your time? OK. Use it to consider a US of the near future in which, for one 12-hour period every year, all crimes were allowed. How would that affect life here?

Life Itself

Not many people were indifferent to Roger Ebert. Many people loved him, some hated him. The ones who hated him primarily felt that he demeaned film criticism, which is not inaccurate but depends on a fairly stuffy definition of that profession. As half of the thumbs up/thumbs down TV team of Siskel and Ebert, he spent decades bickering with fellow Chicago writer Gene Siskel about the merits of films from My Dinner with Andre to Benji the Hunted.

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

Walking is one of the primal metaphors of human consciousness, something we all understand as representing the passage from cradle to grave. So it’s no surprise that the act of walking—epic, seemingly pointless walking over great distances—grabs our imagination. Under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, Steven King wrote a novel, The Long Walk, about a social ritual in which 100 teenage boys walk until only one is left alive. Around the same time he was writing that, mystery novelist Lawrence Block, the Buffalo native whose A Walk Among the Tombstones will be released as a film this September, was working on Random Walk, in which a man starts to walk and picks up followers as he goes. Where are they going? Who knows—they never arrive.

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