I May Be Crazy (But It Just May Be a Lunatic You’re Looking For)

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Mike Kasdan says that mental health maladies like depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and autism reflect the diversity of our minds, and we should embrace them rather than stigmatize them.

28 Black People You Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Diane Nash


“Who the hell is Diane Nash?”

Sometimes, Not Crying Is A Strength All Its Own


John Hearn has noticed men weeping openly. He advises us not to dismiss the stoic men of the past.

Daddy’s Gunslinging Daughter

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In 1962, when Marilyn Monroe was queen, Ina Chadwick could never keep her union-leader father’s attention—until she picked up a .22-caliber rifle.

The Problem With Heroes

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Eric Shapiro wonders if looking up to somebody, by its nature, pushes your own identity down.

Infidelity and Powerful Men

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What the Anthony Weiner scandal teaches us about cheating and power dynamics between the sexes in America.

The Sea Is So Great, And My Boat Is So Small

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Jonathan Footerman is skippering a 21-foot mini-yacht solo around the UK. And it’s the most dangerous, exhausting and near-disastrous thing he has ever done.

Richard Blanco: First Hispanic Openly Gay Poet Reads at a Presidential Inauguration


President Obama said, Blanco’s work represents “the great strength and diversity of the American people.”

On Turning 40


Have the Baby Boomers ruined aging for the rest of us?

Petraeus, MLK and JFK: Why I Don’t Demand Fidelity From My Political Leaders

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Emily Heist Moss asks a lot of her leaders, but one thing she doesn’t demand is fidelity.

Conventionally Speaking

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Mark Ellis looks back on elections of the past, taking note of the convention that changed him from a Democrat to a Republican.

CNN asks, “Are Men Stupid?” … Actually, No.

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Why focus on the perceived stupidity of the few rather than the brilliance or courage or big-heartedness of the many?

It’s Complicated: On JFK, Mimi Alford, and Regret

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Joanna Schroeder responds to Tom Matlack about Mimi Alford’s confession of an affair with JFK.

Do We Care About A JFK Intern Going Public 50 Years Later?


My first response was “give me a break.” And then I sat down and thought about it some more.

JFK on Revolutions


“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

Tiger, Weiner, and JFK: A Conversation on Promiscuity


Tom Matlack and Slade Sohmer discuss sex addiction and the should-be ramifications for in-office philanderers.