Four hours west of Albuquerque, over the mud brown desert hills, past the impossibly expansive golden plains strewn with flat-topped mountains pressed on god’s griddle, north of Gallup, New Mexico, “The Most Patriotic Small Town in America,” in tiny Chinle, Arizona, off Indian Route 7, on a dirt-paved side street not far from where water washes down from Canyon de Chelly, nestled on a makeshift compound of small homes all occupied by members of the same extended family, inside a little white rectangular building about the size of two suburban garages, against the side wall, there’s a wood stove. Every winter morning at about 7:30 a.m., John Bahe, a stocky 47-year-old man with a dark mustache and a buzz cut, pulls up in a battered blue pickup truck and carries some freshly chopped logs inside that freezing cold un-insulated building and starts feeding them into the wood stove. He has to warm the place up by 8:00. That’s when the workout begins. This little … [Read more...] about The Last Great Warriors of the Navajo Nation
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If you’re like me, you watch awards shows primarily for the fuck-ups and then in the off chance that great art will be recognized. Those two factors occurred simultaneously to make what was quite possibly the most shocking, thrilling, genuinely rewarding, and flat-out best moment in Oscars history. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced the night’s final award for Best Picture as belonging to La La Land, which had already won an armful of trophies, including Best Actress and Best Director. But then, that turned out to not be true: Moonlight, in fact, won this year’s Best Picture Oscar. The La La Land producers were already three speeches into their gushing about Hollywood championing bold and diverse work and repression being the enemy of civilization and fantasy babies and blah blah blah, when a disruption started to be felt across the stage. People were pacing, envelopes were consulted, whispering was conducted. La La Land producer Fred Berger was … [Read more...] about Moonlight Wins Best Picture After La La Land Fake-Out Shocker!!!!
Few people have had quite as much influence on the way Americans learn the history of this country than Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of The Little House on the Prairie. For decades, since their publication during the Great Depression, her books have been a fixture of American childhood, particularly for girls. They paint a rosy picture of white settlers as heroic strivers, and her work, too, is more heavily fictionalized than its popular perception generally recognizes. But as it turns out, a close examination of her life and the creation of the books she loosely based on it makes for a fascinating, clarifying lens on a much-mythologized chapter of American history—as Caroline Fraser proves with her recent biography of the author, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fraser’s book examines Wilder’s life and the wider context in which her family went west, one of many families attempting to succeed as homesteaders, comparing it to the … [Read more...] about Once Upon a Time in the West: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Biographer on the Fantasy and Fiction
Ready Player One is all about people using a virtual world called the OASIS to make their dreams come true. While virtual reality has only been a thing—at least in name—since the 1980s, people have been dreaming of life in fictional worlds for thousands of years. In a new episode of “That Looks Familiar,” io9's Beth Elderkin looks at the real history of why we’re so obsessed with virtual reality. What Is Lucid Dreaming? Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming aware that you’re dreaming, while you’re asleep. Most of the time, people simply wake themselves up. But if you stay asleep, you can basically do whatever you want. The link between lucid dreaming and virtual reality isn’t just in similarity, but also in science. Research from Dr. Jayne Gackenbach has found that people who use virtual reality are better able to enter a state of lucid dreaming. The first known textual description of lucid dreaming came from the Upanishads, the Hindu … [Read more...] about A Brief History of Virtual Reality, From Lucid Dreaming to Ready Player One
Growing up on the television screen, actress and director Kim Fields’ notable moments of her career are linked to several classic sitcoms, from Good Times to Diff’rent Strokes. Since stepping into the public eye in a 1976 Mrs. Butterworth’s commercial, and her sitcom debut on the short-lived Baby, I’m Back in 1978, Fields has built a career grounded in her deep love for her craft. Her most celebrated television roles are as Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey on NBC’s The Facts of Life (1979-1988) and Regine Hunter on Fox’s Living Single (1993-1998). “I still love what I first fell in love with, which is creating characters, great storytelling, compelling stories,” Fields says of her passion for acting. “I’m so excited that I still have the fire in my belly for it.” In her new memoir Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales From Harlem to Hollywood, Fields, 48, opens up about the highs and lows in her … [Read more...] about Facts of Life to Living Single: Kim Fields Celebrates 40-Year Career in New Memoir
Two years ago, as part of an assignment, I was white. I didn’t change my skin color or anything, but I drove across country for three days into Mexico in a van with eight white men. After three days, we camped out in a remote, untouched wilderness for 12 days, hiking 75 miles total, with nothing but the items we could carry on our backs. It was simultaneously the whitest and the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Until this week. Since Sunday, the only news I have watched on television is from Fox News. I have read Breitbart and the Daily Caller every day. While becoming a black conservative seems like an insignificant thing, imagine that the only information you received was from someone who you knew was a liar. It was like living in “the upside down.” It was a 24-hour, never-ending gaslighting. But, like surviving in the great wide open, I learned a great deal about myself and the world. Everything I thought about the conservative mindset was upended, and I … [Read more...] about What I Learned From My Week as a Conservative
Hello, intertube horrormonkey swarms, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column coming to you live from Thimbleweed Park. As we watch 2017 sail off toward the Viking funeral it deserves, we have a new column full of dating dilemmas and drama. And as we look into the coming future, it only makes sense to look at the past… specifically, some of our past relationships. How close of a relationship with your ex is too close for comfort? When is a friendship with your ex a threat to your current relationship and when is your partner just being unreasonable? And for that matter: after more drama than a season of Riverdale and more inexplicable break-ups than Arrow, is it possible to rekindle a relationship with your ex? Time to decide if the past is merely prologue, or if it’s time to let it die. Let’s do this thing. Hi Doc, I would like to say that I appreciate the time that you are giving to read this. I’ve been following your articles for a … [Read more...] about Ask Dr. NerdLove: Am I Too Close With My Ex?
Hello all you frightening sin warts, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column to visit every singles bar in The Witcher 3. This week, we’re talking about honesty in your relationships. How do you explain to your partner that you were faking at least half of your orgasms while you’ve been together? Can you trust someone who lied about a particular event in their past? And is it even lying if that part of their past no longer exists? It’s time to grab a beer and deal out another round of Gwent. Let’s do this. Hey Doc, This one is a bit atypical, so I would appreciate some advice. I am a guy and I’ve been seeing this girl for about 4 months. We were friends for a couple of years prior and one night it just clicked after a couple of drinks (naturally). We already got along really well prior, the difference now being that we simply spend more time together and have added sex to the equation. Our sex life has been fantastic, as … [Read more...] about Ask Dr. NerdLove: My Girlfriend Lied About Being A Cam Girl
The new 2018 Ford Mustang is the first big update for the model that launched three years ago, and it brings with it a big jump in power, a new automatic transmission, and some minor changes to the exterior like the headlights, which people that post in car forums have said remind them of a turtle. (Or did I say that at some point? Maybe. It’s not a criticism.) Anyway, it’s a good car and also, at times, a beast. More than that, with a V8 engine now boasting 460 horsepower, the updated Mustang—and its closest direct competitor, the similarly powerful Chevrolet Camaro—represent a democratization of power the likes of which we’ve never seen. Maybe the robots are coming for our keys soon. Until they do, we’re able to go faster for cheaper than we’ve ever dreamed possible. (Full Disclosure: Ford bought me a plane ticket, put me up at cool ranch in Malibu and fed me for a couple days, like a few dozen other journalists, to convince us to write about … [Read more...] about The 2018 Ford Mustang Brings A Ton Of Power To The People
I’ve been wanting a Nissan Pao ever since I learned that they exist, and for many years the idea of owning one just seemed like an impossible dream. I’d like to have gills to breathe underwater, too, but at least those I wouldn’t have to import from anywhere. But now I look in my driveway and there sits a lovely 1990 Nissan Pao. I still can’t quite believe it’s real. When it comes to dream car ownership, I’m an extremely lucky man, and I attribute that to cultivating some pretty modest dreams. I own two cars I’ve always wanted to own: my 1973 Volkswagen Beetle and now this Nissan Pao. The Beetle we all know about, so let’s talk about the Pao for a bit, because it’s an interesting story as well. The Pao is part of Nissan’s late-Japanese-bubble-era experiment known as the Pike Factory. The goal of the Pike Factory was to build niche cars with as much design appeal as was available in other consumer products of the … [Read more...] about I Just Got One Of My Dream Cars And It’s Tiny And Weird And Blue And Wonderful