Posts Tagged: cults

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The Rumpus Interview with Carolyn Parkhurst

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Carolyn Parkhurst discusses her latest book, Harmony, writing about your personal life and family in fiction, and her fascination with cults. ...more

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Keith Newton

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What’s interesting, of course, is how modern life could easily be seen in the opposite way—as an ever-expanding domain of individuality and self-expression. ...more

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Podcatcher #1: Oh No, Ross and Carrie!

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In the first installment of our new column all about podcasts, we talk with Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy of Oh No, Ross and Carrie!. ...more

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Deep Conditioning with Wilson Phillips

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“Don’t become a professor,” he said. “I’d rather you become a garbage man. They get paid more and have better benefits.” ...more

“The Sheer Fun of Researching” Cults

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Sociologist Susan Palmer studies new religious movements—“cults,” as the rest of us might call them—not out of morbid fascination or a desire to catalog their evils, but because she considers them “beautiful life forms, mysterious and pulsating with charisma.”

Of course, it’s a controversial line of work, and involves more than its fair share of ethical quandaries—but none of the ones you’d guess.

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“Talk Dirty and Live Clean”

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If reading our interview with Peter Rock (and getting psyched for his reading tomorrow) has whetted your appetite for cult stories, check out this piece on Synanon by George Pendle, highlighted by Longform earlier this week.

Things start out all right, with a recovering alcoholic named Chuck Dederich meeting with some Alcoholics Anonymous pals for “bull sessions.” By the end, we’ve got forcibly shaved heads and farmers waking up to the sounds of child runaways.

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Notable New York, This Week 5/10 – 5/16

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This week in New  York, Granta’s Sex Party, The Moth Mainstage presents Saints and Sinners, SLEIGH BELLS perform, Emily Gould celebrates her new memoir with a party, Sebastian Junger discusses his latest work, Chip Kidd, The Thing Quarterly presents issue 10 with Starlee Kine and Arthur Jones, Eteam in a group show Resurrectine and Jonathan Horowitz’s exhibit “Go Vegan!” returns.

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