Monthly Archives: May 2014

Triggernometry

So “trigger warnings” are back in the news again. I’ve been reading along for months while concertedly refraining from making any sort of public comment on the discussion, but now I feel kind of obligated since it keeps raging on and … Continue reading

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“Can You Get Me Into College?” – Midnight in Southie

It was midnight and we sat on the jungle gym of a South Boston playground designated as being “for ages 8-12” and “requiring upper body strength and coordination.” We both had some degree of “upper body strength and coordination,” but … Continue reading

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On Sexism in Urbex.

In a mission strategically planned to coincide with Chinese New Year, Russian rooftoppers Vadim Makhorov (aka Vadim Mahora) and Vitaly Raskalov (aka Vitaly Raskalovym) infiltrated and scaled the world’s second tallest building, the 650-meter Shanghai Tower. Their brilliant ascent was documented in … Continue reading

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How I Was Recruited to (and Rejected from) the CIA.

During the two years that I was so sick with MS as to be functionally bedridden the majority of the time, I had a lot of opportunities to think. About my life, for instance. About potentially viable alternate lives. If … Continue reading

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Toward a Pedagogy of Urbex

Urban exploration, or “urbexing,” (sometimes abbreviated as “UE”) is the act of exploring structures in the built environment, particularly abandoned buildings, although it may also include sewers, storm drains, caves, and other man-made dwellings. For those who engage in it, … Continue reading

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