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‘I Never Thought I Would Talk About It.’ So Florence Welch Put It in a Song.

By Melena Ryzik, New York Times Her fall tour for “High as Hope” is her biggest yet, with headlining stops at arenas like the Hollywood Bowl and Barclays Center in Brooklyn. At a preview show at the Brooklyn Academy of … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s quest for a new type of independence

“Hawaii is the only American state that was once a kingdom. The royal family was overthrown in 1893 with decisive help from President Benjamin Harrison and US Marines,” writes Stephen Kinzer of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs … Continue reading

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Evangelicals and the Devil’s Music

The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ‘n’ Roll by Randall Stephens is a must-read for those who dig the connection between faith and pop culture. “Much of what animates evangelical churches in the twenty-first century,” maintains … Continue reading

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Anyone who picks a fight over tiki drinks is missing the point

By M. Carrie Allen, Washington Post From their origin in California in the 1930s, first with Don the Beachcomber, then Trader Vic’s and countless imitators since, tiki bars have long been a kind of tropical fantasia, a rum-soaked refuge from … Continue reading

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RIP Anthony Bourdain

Nothing like waking up to heartbreak on a Friday morning. Brewing the coffee and rubbing my eyes as they announce that Anthony Bourdain has taken his own life in Paris. Crushing. Bourdain was the greatest punk rockish storyteller on television … Continue reading

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On Eating Alone in Paris

By Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times France has its share of fast-food chains. Still, the French have historically spent more time eating than the people of other nations — more than two hours a day, according to a study by … Continue reading

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Clarence Fountain, Leader And Founding Member Of Blind Boys Of Alabama, Dies At 88

By Andrew Flanagan, NPR Blind Boys of Alabama, originally called the Happyland Jubilee Singers when the group was founded in 1944, played a large role in shepherding gospel music into mainstream popularity. Largely due to Fountain’s holy dedication, the band … Continue reading

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Huelo Lookout, Road to Hana, Maui

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Haleakalā National Park, Road to Hana, Maui

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The Father of Gospel Music Wanted to Be a Secular Star

By Kathryn Kemp Thomas Dorsey was 33 years old and had a flourishing career in secular music. In the previous 15 years, the Georgia native had moved to Chicago, completed his musical studies while picking up an endless number of side … Continue reading

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