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Love it or hate it: The Arc of History

Love it

They called it eyesore, an embarrassment, an abomination. Some said it looked like a croissant or dinosaur excrement or nothing at all. Many said it didn’t represent them or this town.

These are the precise reasons I love the Arc of History and non-representational or abstract art of many...

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CTRL-A: A rock star who gives away his art

Over the course of interviewing people for a story this week, I found myself in a boot repair shop – buffers churning and whirring, hammers and pins tinkering – talking to two artists. Thank god one of them was Mervin Stilson.

The first time I met Merv I thought he was a rock star. And I don’t mean rock star in the way...

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Sensual sex class goes beyond bananas and blushing

I think I’m a normal person, equal parts immaturity, insecurity and desperately trying to pretend I’m neither. So when I saw an ad in the paper: “Free sex classes Sunday at 6:30,” I first pictured a circle of desperate women sitting around putting condoms on bananas and one lonely dude just staring. And then I wondered, could...

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Underground gets a bit brighter

The Underground at the Irish Embassy Pub has gotten a facelift of sorts, with a new stage and a lighter paint job. No longer will it only be known as the place the girl regrets going and the guys wish they’d done more than just stare. Don’t worry, though! Those days are not completely gone. From 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and...

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Style Fetish: What to do about fur?

Fur. Fur can be a problem.

Weighty questions and subtle hypocrisies slide across luxurious animal fur to us, the fabulously contradictory soft-hearted carnivores, sensitive hunters and trappers, keen-eyed and chilly thrift store searchers, the wealthy and qualm-less buyers of modern fur, the spray-can wielding activist...

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Savage Love: Things to consider before selling your body

I’m a 24-year-old gay male with few resources and no “marketable” skills. I have made a lot of bad choices and now I struggle to make ends meet in a crappy dead-end job, living paycheck to paycheck in an expensive East Coast city. Recently, someone on Grindr offered me $3,000 to have sex with him. He is homely and nearly...

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Horoscope: Buckle up Leos!

ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

Tricky day! Be careful not to lash out at others. And likewise, be careful that someone doesn’t lash out at you! However, what someone else says could liberate you today.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

Your work routine will be interrupted, perhaps because of the breakdown of...

The holidays can be more difficult as we age

Many of us will be spending time with family and loved ones this holiday season. The joys of seeing grandchildren, being with our own kids, perhaps traveling to exciting places, experiencing the rituals our families have created, and feeling warmth and love at this time can all be heartening.

However, some of us agers...

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Savage Love: He cheated with his ex’s sister. Deal breaker?

I’m a straight female in my mid 20s. I’ve been dating a wonderful guy for two years – but I recently found something that has put me on edge. Before we met, he was in a relationship with a terrible, alcoholic and mentally unstable woman. They got pregnant early in the relationship and stayed together for about five years. We...

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Half-past delinquency: When you find love, it’s best to hold onto it

Love is a tricky thing. Most people spend their whole lives looking for their perfect match, the one who fully completes them. We can get caught up in someone’s love or lust that they bring to our lives. Sometimes, we can even drop everything and run to please them.

I found the love of my life when I was 12 years old,...

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Love it or hate it: Football

Love it

Yeah I know, head injuries, CTE, all that. Hating on football used to be more about snobby refinement or boredom with a silly, meaningless game. But now football haters have brain injuries and player welfare and science on their side. Loving football was never so difficult. Yet, I can’t help myself.

Sure,...

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Style Fetish: In praise of Carhartt gold

Let this first column be in praise of pants, specifically and adoringly, Carhartt or Dickies canvas work pants in that iconic hot mustard gold. This common color of the bottom halves of many Colorado men is evocative in the extreme, bringing to mind hard work, capability, beer and honey, toughness and integrity. That mellow...

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