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Month: October 2017

‘Quackery’ Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

An ad selling cocaine drops for tooth pain, from the book Since the beginning of time, humans have been searching for ways to make ourselves feel better fast. Unfortunately, history has shown that many of those ways — cannibalism, cocaine tooth drops, ingesting heavy metals — left us sick, broke, or both. Yet we keep looking for that fast cure. Dr. Lydia Kang , an author and a primary care physician in Omaha, Neb., is the co-author of Quackery: A Brief History Of The Worst Ways To Cure Everything , which publishes Oct. 17. She talked to us recently...

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Adam Sandler Does His Best Work Yet

The actor shines as the perfectly bedraggled protagonist of The Meyerowitz Stories , Noah Baumbach’s new Netflix film. Netflix Cinema is an art form unlike any other, one that swirls disparate forms of expression—music, sound, writing, performance, photography—into one special medium that’s helped define global pop culture for the last 100 years. Occasionally, that convergence produces something truly unforgettable, something that feels both highly relevant to the specific story being told and to the deeply-held feelings we all share as a society. Noah Baumbach’s new film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) has such a magical moment: Adam Sandler,...

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A Night Not So Long Ago – A Short Story

I wrote this a few months ago and I thought you guys might get a kick out of it. I have edited any profanity so I hope no one is offended. Something slammed into my subconscious and forced my eyes open. "It was just a bad dream" I repeated silently to myself as I rolled onto my back. "Just a bad dream, nothing to worry about". I struggled to calm my racing heart by taking long, slow breaths. In…out…in…out. As I lay there trying to focus on my breathing I berated myself for my childish idiocy. After all it...

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Joyce Maynard Writes About Love Later In Life And Becoming A Widow

A boisterous puppy named Jolene beats her master up the driveway, greeting a visitor with a combination of jumps and face licks. Joyce Maynard, wearing a bright red tunic, her trademark sneakers, jeans and a radiant smile, is as welcoming as her pooch. Within minutes, the prolific author of “Labor Day” and “To Die For” is rummaging in her pantry for black tea amid a racket of rooster crowing outside her Lafayette home. In her rambling house, Maynard has been catching her breath between weeks of appearances for her latest book, “The Best of Us,” in which she chronicles...

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A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Drunk

Welcome to The Thread , OZY’s brand-new weekly podcast unlocking a series of linked histories, starting with the murder of John Lennon and stretching all the way back to the Russian Revolution. Subscribe now to follow The Thread on Apple or on OZY.com . It seems like so many great writers, including Ernest Hemingway , Dorothy Parker and William Faulkner, have had their mouths to a bottle as much as their hands on the keys. An extraterrestrial could be forgiven for perceiving alcohol as an occupational hazard for writers, or even some form of literary aid, given how often...

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