The Good Men Project Call for Submissions: Life After High School or College

Call for Submissions Life After High School or College

As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, we want to know what does independence look like to you as you transition from high school to college and beyond.

Patriotism Is Perplexing

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  Dillan DiGiovanni thinks that patriotism isn’t just red, white and blue or merely black and white, either. This Independence Day holiday has been unique for me. For the first time in a while, I’ve considered how perplexing patriotism can be. For the past few years I sat along the Charles River on the Cambridge […]

Hungry: A Year in the Life of Competitive Eating

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As men and women converge on Coney Island, NY in two days for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a newly available documentary shares the ins (not outs, never outs … that’ll get you disqualified) of competitive eating.

Eyes Devour


Deanna Ogle reflects on grief, David Rakoff, and fireworks.

Statue of Liberty Reopens for the 4th of July

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Months after Superstorm Sandy overwhelmed Lady Liberty’s 12 acre island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is finally reopening.

Perversity and Parades

What says Independence Day better than free candy?

Celebrating Independence Day by opting out of the parade

What Does Freedom Mean to You? Our Community Shares Their Responses

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We asked our community a simple question: What does freedom mean to you? We got answers via email, by post, on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the best answers. Please add yours to the comments, we’ll be updating as more responses come in.

The 4th o’ July: Remembrance of Things Past

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Ross Steinborn remembers the words of Frederick Douglas, and reminds us to look to both the past and the future for our vision of freedom.

Independence: Call for Submissions Due 6/29

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It’s the 21st century. Just what does independence mean to you?

19 Fictional Presidents: Vote for Your Favorite


A comprehensive list of some of the most popular TV and movie Presidents. Who are your favorites?



 “What did it mean to be a person in this world?” 3-year-old Walter asks himself somewhere in his subconscious in this weekend’s brilliant story by Sarah Tourjee. Isn’t that the question we’re all asking? As a parent, and as a person, this story seemed necessary to me, in its struggle to figure out what one’s place […]

Jay Smooth on Frank Ocean and Independence

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Jay Smooth explains how the week of Independence Day was a good week for many types of freedom.

Dear John: The Friend Who Knew Too Much


This week Dear John talks about secrets discovered through an affair, an insistent spanker, and family explosions.

Video: 4th of July Fireworks Failures

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Jamie Reidy shares some less than successful Independence Day fireworks displays.

A Declaration for Today


Is this really Independence Day?