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COMING TO BABA: My 43-Year Romance With Meher Baba

COMING TO BABA: My 43-Year Romance With Meher Baba

The following story is an excerpt from Max Reif’s forthcoming book, Toward an Interior Sun. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle...
September 27, 2014 × 2 comments

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EXPRESS YOURSELF: Finding a voice within an authoritarian social system

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Finding a voice within an authoritarian social system

Of all the peculiarities that make me up, I could point to one that has had such persisting and devastating consequences in my...
May 26, 2014 × 0 comments

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FAT-SHAMING: Why do I owe an excuse?

FAT-SHAMING: Why do I owe an excuse?

She’s back, again. According to 32-year-old mother of three Maria Kang, whose claim to fame is a Facebook image that went viral,...
March 18, 2014 × 3 comments

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LUCKY: ‘Til death do us part

LUCKY: ‘Til death do us part

I knock softly, then slowly open the door. Teddy goes before me, a short leash’s length ahead of me. We enter another room...
December 19, 2013 × 0 comments

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TRYING TO SAY EVERYTHING: The evolvement of a poem

TRYING TO SAY EVERYTHING: The evolvement of a poem

The first poet I ever knew, at college, was a very quiet fellow in person. Once, though, he happened to say to me, “I always...
September 20, 2013 × 0 comments

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KESSLER: By Max Reif

KESSLER: By Max Reif

Something whizzed by my head and on beyond as I sat on the floor holding onto the pale green bars of my cell. I twisted my neck...
September 3, 2013 × 1 comment

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ART AND EMOTION: Must the two be unified?

ART AND EMOTION: Must the two be unified?

How emotionally involved should artists be in their work? And what level of emotional involvement is ideal? Denis Diderot, a...
August 30, 2013 × 2 comments

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FOLLOW THROUGH: Nothing happens until you take action

FOLLOW THROUGH: Nothing happens until you take action

Every sport has in it the concept of follow through. That is, completing the full motion of a technique. In golf it’s natural...
August 27, 2013 × 0 comments

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DISTORTED SELF IMAGE: How we see ourselves is not how others see us

DISTORTED SELF IMAGE: How we see ourselves is not how others see us

Surely I’m not the only one who winces when viewing what I think is an unflattering photograph of myself that’s been...
June 2, 2013 × 1 comment