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Get outta town: The Alfred Packer Massacre site

Om, nom, nom, CRUNCH, slurp - that’s Alfred Packer sucking out the marrow from your leg bone. Packer was a prospector who, in the winter of 1874, ate FIVE MEN who were traveling with him. If you ever get a time travel machine, it’s probably a good idea not to trek through mountains unprepared for winter in the 1800s after...

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Searching for self and keeping on: An interview with author Willy Vlautin

Author Willy Vlautin writes about ordinary people battling everyday shitstorms with (sometimes) broken umbrellas. His wide-open, Western-toned worlds are filled with deeply-flawed folks struggling to love themselves and connect to others. Vlautin’s newest novel, “Don’t Skip Out on Me,” follows Horace Hopper, a young man who...

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Einstein’s brain to a ghost train: A year of arts and culture writing

Mine lovely Durango! I’m leaving you. Your mountains are marvelous, your people friendly, but my bones ache for adventure. Damn straight, I’ll visit, but for now I’m strutting into other sunsets.

I wanted to let y’all know how thankful I am that I got to unstrap my boots and sit here a while. I’m a better writer, heck,...

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Mini book review: “Robots vs. Fairies,” edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Who would win in a fight – a robot or a fairy? Strap in, lovelies, because your two favorite worlds of magic and technology collide in the short story anthology “Robots vs. Fairies,” edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien.

This collection has a holy f, nip-hardening table of contents. It’s a hellton of today’s best...

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Love it or hate it: Goodbyes

Love ItI love a good goodbye.

Don’t get me wrong, goodbyes aren’t easy, but a good goodbye has a good hug and a good hug is a satisfying, warming, calming moment in an otherwise chaotic universe.

I endeavor to spend my time with people I enjoy and at events that bring me...

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Get Outta Town: Bishop Castle in Rye

Roadside America is a place of tall tales, gritty splendor, and people who created champagne lives on beer budgets. Jim Bishop ain’t no different. In 1959, at 15 years old, Bishop bought two and a half acres of land on the edge of the San Isabel National Forest. When he got married 10 years later, Bishop started building a...

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Durango street style: Tim Burton influences and epic hair

Stacia Archvleta is an unabashed weirdo who is equal parts bubbly and macabre. She’s an assistant manager at Game Stop and works at Lizzie’s Beauty Shop. If you want innovative hair coloring in Durango, Archvleta is hella tops and should be on your short list. She’s also down to give freelance makeup lessons, which DGO is...

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Must-see movies at the Durango Independent Film Fest

Cinephiles, get ready to throw down green because there’s hella fab movies to be seen. The Durango Independent Film Fest is back for its 13th year. It’s got a smattering of feature films and loads of docs that will keep you movie marathoning for days at a time.

Get your popcorn ready, sneak in those Swedish Fish if you...

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Durango street style: Classic pieces that last forever

You haven’t seen a smile until you’ve seen the elegantly curled lips of Faith Harmon. It’s the sort of resplendent expression the Greeks used to write poetry about or go to war over. Harmon is a multimedia sales rep and a fashion and lifestyle blogger at Faces with Faith.

DGO chatted with Harmon about her flashy but...

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Love it or hate it: Air fresheners

Love It“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it,” said Patrick Süskind in his...

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Mini book review: ‘Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel,’ by Virginia Morell

Animals have long since been believed to not experience emotion, but after reporting for six years in 11 different countries as a science journalist, Virginia Morell came to the personal decision that animals feel. In “Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel,” Morell posits that animals think, laugh, play, grieve, and...

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Get outta town: Bisti Badlands near Farmington, NM

You don’t have to drive all the way to the Grand Canyon to catch a glimpse of otherworldly rock formations. The Bisti Badlands, also known as the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, is roughly 60 square miles of Insta-perfect, sci-fi rock outcroppings just south of Farmington. Its 45,000 acres will make you feel like you’re on Mars,...

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