Steven Grapes

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The Perfect Essay, Kafka’s Abyss, and My Mother

The relationship between writer and teacher is no simple thing. For John Kaag, a former professor of expository writing at Harvard, the most vital …

When Stressing Over Social Status Becomes Toxic

In Stanford Magazine, Kristin Sainani talks to researchers in psychiatry and behavioral science to examine the causes of stress and the differences …

How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment

The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here’s how it happened.<p>“A fraud on the American public.” That’s how former Chief Justice Warren Burger described the idea that the Second Amendment gives an unfettered individual right …

The novel is dead (this time it's for real)

If you happen to be a writer, one of the great benisons of having children is that your personal culture-mine is equipped with its own canaries. As you tunnel on relentlessly into the future, these little harbingers either choke on the noxious gases released by the extraction of decadence, or they …

The Hemingway Papers / Bullfighting is Not a Sport – It is a Tragedy

It was spring in Paris and everything looked just a little too beautiful. Mike and I decided to go to Spain. Strater drew us a fine map of Spain on …

Horse Racing (Canada)

Why Do We Cross Our Fingers For Good Luck?

Crossing fingers to achieve your own good luck or in a display of hopeful solidarity that things go well for someone else is one of the most widely …

Mimi Scholz’s Elaborate Digital Artworks http://hifructose.com/2014/03/10/mimi-scholzs-elaborate-digital-artworks/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mimi-scholzs-elaborate-digital-artworks

Work in progress painting by Eloy Morales

New ink and watercolor from Caitlin Hackett

Photography manipulation by Leslie Ann O’Dell

The blue drawings of Zachari Logan: http://hifructose.com/2012/12/06/zachari-logans-surreal-exploration-of-nature/

Illustration by Xiao Hong

Amy Casey, featured in Hi-Fructose collected 2.

Collect Raindrops: The Rhythm of the Seasons, in Gorgeous Cut-Paper Illustrations

There is something enormously enchanting about exploring the seasonability of life — of human life, of all life — in visual narratives, from French graphic artist Blexbolex’s thoughtful <i>Seasons</i> to Italian illustrator Alessandro Sanna’s <i>The River</i>, one of the most breathtaking books I’ve ever seen. In</b> …

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The State Department reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and …

Liberals’ favorite villain: Why Democrats really love to hate the Koch brothers

The key to the Democrats’ strategy: Koch financial and political interests have unpopular ramifications everywhere<p>A couple of weeks ago, Democrats all of a sudden and in unison began setting up the billionaire Koch brothers as their ideological foils, without offering up much in the way of an …

With Incumbents To Protect, The Tea Party Is Now Playing Defense

Four years after its emergence as a political force, the Tea Party is now coping with its adolescence.<p>Adolescence is never easy, especially for …

Madoff: Politics, remorse, Wall Street

BUTNER, N.C. – From his office on the 17th floor of midtown Manhattan’s red enameled Lipstick Building, Bernard Madoff often handled billions of dollars in a single day.<p>These days, at the medium-security prison here, the man convicted of orchestrating the biggest Ponzi scheme in American history is …

There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged

The game is rigged: We elected Obama to hold the 1 percent accountable. So why are they still running everything?<p>The big news after President Obama’s State of the Union address in January was that he didn’t really talk about the issues of inequality that everyone expected him to talk about. …

The nanotechnology in your sunscreen | Holly Cave

Nanoparticles prevent skin cancer by absorbing UV light, without making your face feel 'cakey'. Here is how they do it<p>The Consumer Products Inventory lists over 1,600 products which are identified by the manufacturer as containing nanoparticles – particles between one and 100 nanometres (between …

What Dr. Seuss Would’ve Liked About The Senate’s Climate Change All-Nighter

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said around 11:20 p.m. on Monday during the …

10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

Sydney and Melbourne are home to some of the greatest coffee shops and biggest coffee snobs in the world. Coffee is a cult in Australia, but as with …

Practical air pollution controls even the oil and gas industry can't deny

Everyone knows that if you want your kids to grow up strong and healthy, they need to eat their vegetables. But as any parent knows, it’s easier said …

In New Jersey, Tesla Crashes Into The Hypocrisy of Chris Christie

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s often blunt governor, likes to talk big. He’s a new kind of Republican, he’d like you to believe, but the kind who gets things done. You know, like closing lanes on the way to the George Washington Bridge to punish a political rival… Oh, and, yes, the guy certainly has …

Michele Bachmann on Gay Bullies and More

Gays are bullying Americans, the congresswoman says. That's not even the wildest claim she's made in the last 12 months.<p>During last week’s …

We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything

Is the left enjoying a moment of triumph — or has a president with no bearings left the Tea Party in charge?<p>I used to talk to the political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. a lot back in the '90s when we both lived in Chicago and wrote for the same magazines. I thought of him in those days as a man of …

What Silicon Valley Is Really Selling Us

One of the most toxic memes to waft out of the industry recently has been the idea of quasi-secession, whether it was Peter Thiel’s dream of floating …

17 Signs That You'd Qualify as a Witch in 1692

Discover whether you are guilty of maleficium and/or would have been accused of practicing witchcraft according to the laws and evidence used during …

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

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