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Monday, July 6, 2015

Check Out These Fascinating Reads

I love a good read, and sometimes I come across an article that pulls me in and won't leave my brain for the rest of the day. I've recently come across several like this, so I thought I'd give you some reading fodder for the week and share with you. Give them a read-through. You'll be glad you did.

[Credit: Dan Piraro, Bizarro]
Dan Piraro is a cartoonist and author of the popular comic, "Bizarro." He started cartooning in the age of newspapers and syndication and has had to learn to evolve into the new world of internet cartooning. His story really gives you a great glimpse into how technology is reshaping all corners of publishing as we know it.

[Credit: Clara Vannucci, NY Times]
Calcio Storico is a centuries-old competition in Florence, Italy with very few rules and all sorts of mayhem. Four teams representing each quarter of Florence battle it out in a mix of football, rugby and street fighting that gets beyond bloody. This story is a look into the history and the people who keep the tradition going.

[Credit: Flickr/Umberto Rotundo] 
When someone suffers a trauma to their brain like a stroke or an aneurism, they can sometimes experience a phenomenon where time seems to slow or sound and sight run out-of-sync. This is a fascinating story about the science behind it.

This one is just as fascinating but also a bit of an uncomfortable read. Sex Addiction is a problem affecting millions, but still talked about in hushed tones (if discussed at all). This story delves into the real lives of sex addicts, and what it's like to live with an addiction that exposes you to your drug with every social interaction.
[Credit: Michael Finkel - GQ]
For nearly thirty years, a hermit haunted the backwoods of Maine, stealing from cabins along the lake but always remaining elusive. This is the story of Christopher Thomas Night, and how he cheerfully avoided human contact for three decades.

Finally, I'm going to end with a story about the end.

The city of Indianapolis has a volunteer program known as NODA, or No One Dies Alone. These volunteers provide a bedside vigil for anyone who is without family or friends at the end of their life. This is the story of one volunteer's time with one patient, and if this doesn't move you, then you aren't human. 

That should hold you for the week. If you have a great article to recommend, please drop a link in the comments or on my Facebook page - I'd love to hear about it!

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