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Dominic vs. Freedom #3: Toledo

Dominic vs. Freedom #3: Toledo

On Election Day morning, I head out on another canvassing 'packet' of doors to knock. The list is designed to identify known Democratic supporters with patchy voting records. Our aim[...]
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Mega Cult (The Dread of Something After, Part 2)

Mega Cult (The Dread of Something After, Part 2)

I have a jokey conspiracy theory that Scientology is just a front organisation, cobbled together by other world religions to improve their reputations. It's easy to declare that the idea of[...]
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Mega Church (The Dread of Something After, Part 1)

Mega Church (The Dread of Something After, Part 1)

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. (Spotify) We huddle along our row as the band plays. The balcony affords an excellent view[...]
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Dominic vs. Freedom #2: Monster Trucks

Dominic vs. Freedom #2: Monster Trucks

We put down our $10.25 plastic cups of Budweiser to stand for the national anthem. As the arena goes dark, the screens fill with the American flag and stock footage of[...]
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The Story of Christmas

The Story of Christmas

Once upon a time, a very long time ago on the planet Earth, a species of ape evolved named homo sapiens sapiens, or human beings. At first glance, there seemed[...]
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Dominic vs. Freedom #1: The Dentist

The first in an occasional series of posts in which I can justify anything I do as anthropological research. I'm sitting in a dentist's chair opposite the window. I have a great view,[...]
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Eat, Pray, Loathe

Since Grace and I have a relationship vaguely based on a shared hatred for a film that neither of us had actually seen, we thought it might be a good[...]