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Life advice from ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Let’s talk Jane Austen, mothereffers. Why? Because the Merely Players, Durango’s innovative found theater company, are performing Kate Hamill’s adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.” Catch it and you’ll see a witty, romantic tale of people falling in and out of love, set against gossipy aristocratic aholes of the 18th...

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Sex and spotting: Adventures in IUDs, part III

Boomchickey. I’ve made it nine months with ParaGard, the copper IUD. Darling readers, biological enthusiasts, I ain’t gonna lie. At times, I’ve wanted to rip this sciencey BS straight outta my cooch. BUT. That would be insane. (You should have it removed by a professional.) Besides, things have gotten better...ish.

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Check out these 10 atmospheric autumn albums

The gray clouds are coming. The red trees will be. Soon, pumpkin spice will coat everything. Decorative gourds are gonna flood from Walmart, and a cinnamon cider scent-cloak will wrap the world. That’s right, goblin gals, fiendish fellas, and every glorious ghoul between, AUTUMN’S ALMOST HERE! To celebrate, drop a needle on...

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Murder by Death: exploring isolation and possible solace

Everything is overwhelming and the world feels like a gloombucket of doomflowers. But hope dies last. Murder by Death is hollering into the void that though the road is hard, at least we’re not wandering the weeds. Their melancholy Western roots is filled with the yearning for better times and the conviction that they’ll...

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Art meme to micro fiction: the visual art of David Holub

David Holub’s got one fist of whimsy and the other of steel, if the right one don’t getchya the other one will. The former editor of DGO has gone rogue; he’s now a member artist at Studio &, creating visual art anchored in narrative. Holub’s work wants to pleasantly provoke you into being present, and it will.

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Farewell, Southwest Sound

A record store is more than sturdy walls and wax tracks. It’s a breathing beast that noses you to new experiences and grants free-entry access to a sonic sanctuary.

A world of music is a few key clacks away – until the power goes out or a corporation screws with your tunes. Owning music matters. Having that music on a...

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Mini book review: ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” by Shirley Jackson

“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am 18 years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have to be content with what I had,” so opens Shirley Jackson’s eerie...

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Mini book review: ‘White American Youth,’ by Christian Picciolini

At age 14, Christian Picciolini attended his first white supremacist meeting. He came from a “normal” home with parents who loved him, worked a lot, and didn’t know where he was. For the first time in his life, Picciolini felt acceptance. He felt powerful. By 16, he was leader of a skinhead gang. Shortly after, he helped...

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Mini book review: ‘The Only Harmless Great Thing,’ by Brooke Bolander

Anemia, bone fractures, necrosis of the jaw, and death – these were common ailments of the Radium Girls – real-life women who received radiation poisoning while painting watch dials in factories with self-luminous paint. In another horrifying flash of yesteryear, Topsy the Elephant was executed via electrocution, poisoning,...

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Mini book review: ‘The Neon Wilderness,’ by Nelson Algreen

Nelson Algren is best known for his 1940 National Book Award-winner “The Man with the Golden Arm.” It’s a dark look at post-WWII veterans and morphine addiction that was made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra. It’s a dang fine book, but anyone new to Algren should start with his collection of short story collection, “The...

Six ideas to make Durango even better

Durango – We are a gorgeous gathering of about 18,000 people nestled in the San Juans. We consistently maintain a presence on “best small towns in America” lists. And why not? We have an active art scene, outdoor living, a charming downtown, an engaged populace, more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, and the Durango...

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Mini book review: ‘Altered Carbon,’ by Richard Morgan

Body gone bad? About to die? Just want a new you? It’s the 25th century and, if you can afford the greenback stack, you can dump your consciousness into a new “sleeve” - i.e. meatsack, skinsuit, human body. Welcome to the world of “Altered Carbon,” by Richard Morgan. Sound familiar? It should. Netflix recently put out a...

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