Fourth of July reading:
Other good stuff:
Unearthed: Spalding Gray Interviews the Dalai Lama This 1991 conversation is colored by the kind of blunt truths Gray was famous for. It’s a great exploration of the fundamental tenets of Tibeten Buddhism, and it’s also hilarious.
Digging the Continuous Light Christian Hits: Christian radio is becoming less, well, Christian.
Google What Do the Modern Corporation and the Christian Megachurch Have in Common?: Lots, it turns out.
Exhuming Ayn Rand: What’s up with all the Ayn Rand love we’re seeing lately?
Strange Rugs Depict Decades of War in Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s epic battle against Soviet occupation spawned an unusual genre of war story
Live, Nude Farming: Gross.
The Illuminati of the Film Downloading World: Invite-only film downloading clubs hide in the darkest, most exclusive corners of the internet.
Thirteen-Year-Old Brings Back the Walkman: Thirteen-year-old Scott Campbell recently gave up his iPod for a week, opting instead to use his dad’s clunky old Sony Walkman.
Young People Write About Mental Illness: These young writers are incredibly straightforward and honest about their experiences with childhood abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociative identity disorder, and schizophrenia.