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Arlington Author Steve Almond Considers the Morality of Football
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For decades, Steve Almond spent his Septembers much like any other football fan. He began his love/hate relationship with the Raiders, cheered them on in the excitement of a new season, and felt the heartbreak as the weeks unfolded and the losses kept coming, or thrilled as the team started stacking wins. These days Almond feels a different kind of heartbreak – that of losing his beloved sport to the intrusion of his conscience. He had felt pangs of it before, watching the violence of the game and reading the stories about high school, college, and pro athletes suffering permanent physical and psychological damage from their chosen sport. The breaking point happened when he came face-to-face with the type of dementia players experience in their latter years. His mother had been hit by a truck, and years later, developed a dementia that threatened her life, though thankfully it turned out to be temporary. More

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Review Anything August: Courtney McDermott – ‘Filling Up the Moon’ (Non-fiction)
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Review Anything August: Nate Lopez – ‘Poorly Edited’
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Review Anything August: Margarita Gokun Silver – ‘Lenin Was Half-Jewish, and So Can You’
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Review Anything August: Scott and David Goudsward – ‘Horror Guide to Massachusetts’
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Review Anything August: Liz Arcury – ‘Rocks at the Bottom’
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Review Anything August: Rob McQueen – ‘The Twelve Cataclysms’
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The Boston Hassle’s First New England Zine Fest Showcases Local Indie Pubs
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The Boston Hassle hosted their first New England Zine Fest at the Cambridge YMCA on Saturday. The YMCA’s theatre played host to over two dozen different artists, screenprinters, and zine makers. The fest also ran a variety of workshops, skill shares, and demonstrations such as Make Your Zine table with Dana Maple and a comic skill share with Brian Connolly who creates Nothing Mattress.

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