Reading Time: 4 minutes The man who bore down at me as I was walking towards my local park to have a relaxed lunch and read a book had fire in his eyes as stormed towards me. “You and I,” he bellowed, “need to have word about that bloody gull I’ve seen you feeding on numerous occasions.” He ranted […]
People are different. That’s a good thing. But in recent years, it feels like some differences have deepened to the point that we look at friends and family on social media, or even across the dinner table, saying and believing things that are just baffling to us. And we wonder: how did you get that […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m a huge fan of mutual uplift. What’s the point of having a platform if it’s not being used to raise up others, too? Why should we reinforce a culture that loves putting individuals on unsustainable pedestals, when we can celebrate excellence in healthier ways? Many “nones” detest religious cults of personality, but we all […]
Hemant Mehta has been a freethought blogger, author, and speaker for nearly 20 years now, building his blog Friendly Atheist into the largest atheist blog in the world. Just as the pandemic began, he came across a YouTube channel called Notes from Autumn. The host was a young woman and recent deconvert with strong criticisms […]
Funk drummer, composer, and podcast legend George Hrab spends an unhealthy amount of time thinking about the end of the world. And he’s pretty sure we’ve got it all wrong. Not just the zombies, but the role fear would play both before and after the collapse of civilization.
Reading Time: 4 minutes So there I was, having a cigarette break outside the LGBT store where I had a part-time job in Brighton, England, when a colossal woman was suddenly in my face, coughing and fanning her nose. “Ain’tcha heard of passive smoking?” she barked in a New York accent. Expelling twin plumes of smoke through my nostrils, […]
From the time she was young, Captain Cassidy heard promises of wonder. If she did this, or believed that, or avoided a long list of temptations, she would find herself smack in the middle of a world of wonder. She chased that promise from Catholic Maryland to Baptist Alabama to Waco Texas, finally landing in […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes When I was 18, I began dating an exceptionally beautiful girl, the daughter of an Italian family who settled in South Africa. I did so to disguise the fact that I was gay. We grew very close through our mutual love of photography. So close that I gave her a key to my front door. […]
There’s a story in your head, a kind of autobiography. You’ve been writing and revising it all your life. We take the chaos of information from a normal life and create a story that makes sense. Some of it might even be true.
But considering who’s telling the story, it’s no surprise that a lot of it just doesn’t hold up.
Dale McGowan was well into adulthood before a random memory surfaced, poking a hole in what he calls his “founding myth.” He had a choice: stick with the better story, or switch to the truer one.