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hall of mirrors
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The central question of Philip K. Dick's fiction is "What is reality?" Literary critic Umberto Rossi explains that Dick's work often contains many possible realities.More

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Chuck Klosterman
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When you talk about people's personalities, he says, there's not many things more interesting than what they really want and can't get.More

Flowering headphones
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NPR music critic Ann Powers reflects on how Americans have used music to talk around their awkward feelings related to sex and race.More

Football game
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Author Steve Almond wrestles with the ugly undertones of America's favorite sport.More

Still from  "The Glass Castle"
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It's a rite of passage to find our parents embarrassing, particularly as we start to carve out distinct identities in those early years away from home. For Jeannette Walls, the moment was a bit more extreme. More

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Traveling into the phone
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Doug Rushkoff believes personal technology is having an insidious effect on our relationship with time. He calls it “present shock.”More

Solar eclipse
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Journalist David Baron describes how witnessing a total solar eclipse set him on a path to examine how eclipses have propelled many inquisitive minds deeper into the sciences to see more deeply into the universe.More

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Piles and piles of books
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With her decision to step down as the chief book critic for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani sent the book world reeling. In this piece from our archive, authors reflect on the impact of the NYT's' infamous head book critic.More

Teju Cole
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Going blind in one eye would unnerve anyone. And for a photographer, it’s especially upsetting. But Teju Cole found that his big blind spot syndrome taught him a new way to look at the world — and actually changed his photography.More

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12:47
Site of Thoreau's Hut, Concord, Mass.
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Biographer Laura Dassow Walls on how author Henry David Thoreau offers a timeless model of disruptive social criticism.More

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