Dropping By

Dropping By

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

I was in Valdez, Alaska, to report a story this past March when something odd kept happening. Every time I learned of another potential source, the person telling me I should talk to such-and-such a person didn’t offer a cell phone number or an e-mail address or, in most cases, a home phone number. They […]

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Talismans

Talismans

by Peter Kray January 12, 2011 Features

Tack would talk about winter nights speeding through the farmlands of Pennsylvania, careening across blue ice toward bare trees in the headlights when he told his mother, “Don’t be surprised if I don’t make it home.” The pigs whose throats he slit, chickens he chopped and a cow he shot, “the first bullet bounced off […]

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Ballad of Francois, le Conducteur D’Autobus

Ballad of Francois, le Conducteur D’Autobus

by B. Frank January 12, 2011 Features

The boy crouches over a pad of paper and a scattering of colored pencils. He looks out a window, takes a breath and begins to draw. A mountain takes shape on the page — a triangle with a white cap, blue slopes, and a range of green foothills. He shakes his head, rips the paper […]

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Skiing Nude

Skiing Nude

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 Features

Editor’s note: This is yet another story by Richard Barnum-Reece, whose obituary, penned by Dave Baldridge, we ran in our March 2010 issue (MG #165), as part of a loosely aggregated feature package titled “Mentors.” This piece previously appeared in Barnum-Reece’s self-published book, “The Gonzo File” (undated, c. 1978-1980), which consisted of a mix of […]

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Blood Winter

Blood Winter

by Charles Bowden January 12, 2011 Features

The hunger comes before I know my name or where I am. This appetite may be the story of my life but my life is not much of a story. The hunger is greater than I have been or will be. This hunger is the thing driving me and flogging me. I am born between […]

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Jukebox Heroes

Jukebox Heroes

by Dawne Belloise January 12, 2011 January 2011

Jukebox Heroes Story and photo by Dawne Belloise “Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.” — Willie Nelson Back in Black screams to a deafening reverberation across the wooden floor, pumping barflies and hopefuls into a rhythmic raising of glasses to mouths. They stand […]

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Bailing: Why, How and When We Do It

Bailing: Why, How and When We Do It

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

Bailing: Why, How and When We Do It By Brendan Leonard From inside Kind Coffee in Estes Park, the day looked perfect for climbing, aside from the deep, extending bowing every visible tree was performing in the wind as Mitsu and I comfortably drank coffee. “Good bail, dude,” I said. “What? That wasn’t a bail,” […]

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Re-Entry

Re-Entry

by Ana Maria Spagna January 12, 2011 January 2011

We hiked that winter morning from the river to the rim, from sun-soaked beach through deep red mud to dry cold snow. From a grubby two weeks camping, past Europeans in city shoes, to the visitor center pub where Jim Croce played on the jukebox and ski jumpers launched on flat screens over the heads […]

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Deep, Dark and Weird

Deep, Dark and Weird

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 Cartographic

As we find ourselves once again in the shortest and darkest days of the year, we turn inward to reflect on the cold and weird that resides within us all. We consider the ramifications of blue-ice impacts, anaerobic digesters and plunging into icy surf, and wait for longer, brighter days, which, sometimes, it seems, can’t […]

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