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24

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You hate songs in the second person

Second person isn't just a way of announcing, I'm a musical! I'm talking metaphorically about abstract concepts! It's also a way for writers to distance themselves from the toughest feelings their creations have. As if to apologize for the absurdity of breaking into song, lyricists use You to provide some intellectual breathing room. It's the hot mitt of musical emotion.

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May

11

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May

11

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Revisiting Rosewood, Florida, today [WATCH]

We pass desultory intersections like Rosewood's every day. And we will never know how many of them were once the settings for brutal events, in which Americans, believing they were right and on the side of God, were in fact the instruments of something sinister and evil.

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May

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30

2012

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Apr

19

2012

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The Amazing Plague

Just turn on the TV right now and count how many times people say it on the news, reality shows, and interviews. Whenever someone runs out of an ability to properly explain something with specificity, they run to the adjectival filler 'amazing.' It's cheap, industrial-grade description — the corn syrup of self-expression.

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Mar

25

2012

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Mar

22

2012

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Travel and the baby brain

Travel regresses us to our "baby consciousness." Is it any wonder that so many of us travel in our 20s, when we've just left that larval childhood stage but have not yet grown into the ill-fitting uniform of full adulthood? Is it any wonder so many travelers put a high priority on intensely sensory experiences such as drinking, sex, panoramic views, and extreme sports — pursuits that please our primal natures?

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Mar

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2012

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