Why Thriller Still Grabs Us

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  Around the world, Thriller refuses to die. Even in tiny Ashland, after only a week of advertising, 30 people tromped through a rainy day to come to my Thriller flash mob dance class. Why does it hold such amazing power over us? And why is our culture so obsessed with zombies? The truth is this: we are the living dead. We’ve been forced to bury and forget the most brilliant parts of ourselves in order to survive. Artists are … Read More

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REVOLUTIONARY, COMPASSIONATE ACCOUNTABILITY: Michael Jackson’s Power

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My shadow is tearing me apart today. Every character flaw I’ve got has been magnified x100 in the people around me this week. All of the things I’ve seen them do—lying, manipulating, cashing in at the expense of others, bribing people to not be angry at them, inventing stories with no basis in reality, turning allies into enemies, disrespecting elders, wallowing in victimhood and arrogance—I also do myself. So I’ve been working like crazy to heal the remnants of these … Read More

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