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25 Nineteenth-Century Literary Characters to Consider Inviting to Your Holiday Party

December 12, 2013
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1: Queequeg, Moby-Dick Why: Tats. Why not: Will not actually have sex with you. 2: Lily Bart, The House of Mirth Why: Looks great; laughs at your jokes. Why not: Do you really want to encourage her to drink? 3: The Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland Why: Has hookah. Why not: Bogarts hookah. 4: Esther Summerson,...
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Avidly Celebrates: Silly Theory

June 20, 2013
Avidly Celebrates: Silly Theory

As a part of Avidly’s process of celebrating one year of ourselves, we’re revisiting some favorite essays.  Please enjoy rereading Jordan Stein’s remarkable treatise on the very serious intellectual value of Adorno Cats.   Silly Theory November 20, 2012 By Jordan Alexander Stein Or, The Second Time as Farce   Some years ago, I found...
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Happy Memorial Day!

May 28, 2013
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    See you Thursday! Grateful to those who protect and celebrate all our freedoms.
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Thoughts for Boston

April 16, 2013
Thoughts for Boston

    Avidly’s thoughts are with Boston and with all those who work to protect civic space (throughout the world) from violence and fear. To Give: Consider donations on behalf of Boston’s neediest, who, in any tragedy, often suffer the most: Pine Street Inn or the Home for Little Wanderers. Consider donations on behalf...
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On Beyoncé’s Face

February 5, 2013
On Beyoncé’s Face

Of Beyoncé’s Hips, much has been written.  Less so, strangely, about her Face, and it’s the magic of the Face that we want to address today. We’re thinking about the Face right now, of course, because of Queen B’s electricity-stealing show at the super bowl.  But the question of Beyoncé’s Face, and what it...
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11 Things We Are Telling Our Children About Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012
11 Things We Are Telling Our Children About Thanksgiving

Avidly is running on Wednesday today, instead of the holiday Thursday.  In the spirit of awkwardly political gratefulness, some Avidly folk came together to share thoughts about explaining the sometimes touchy rhetoric of Thanksgiving. Note that this list splits the difference between humor and earnestness, never settling easily either way, which is, we feel,...
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