A New Theory About the Monolith: We’re the Aliens

The desert of southeastern Utah is a wilderness of flat-topped mesas, jutting buttes and plunging canyons. It is a fantastical landscape, the kind of scenery that pulls your thoughts toward things not quite of this earth. Indigenous people from the region have

How My Pet Snake Taught Me to Really See

These were the years of Kevin Sorbo’s Hercules, Lucy Lawless’s Xena and renewed popular interest in Greco-​Roman mythology generally, which became my fourth obsession. My mother recorded their exploits so that on weekends I could watch the demigods play policemen to the

Bill Withers Was a Working Man Who Became a Star

I. He is 73, with a long, woolly beard, like someone’s version of Father Time. He lives in a hand-built shack with no electricity or running water, nearly eight miles up a forgotten dirt road in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California,

Denny O’Neil Changed the World of Superheroes

I. He is 73, with a long, woolly beard, like someone’s version of Father Time. He lives in a hand-built shack with no electricity or running water, nearly eight miles up a forgotten dirt road in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California,

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