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December 04, 2016

So many Trumpists have written in since the election, and I am grateful for their interest and also impressed by the sheer variety of their profanity. I never learned to swear that well because by the time my mother died, at 97, it was too late for me to learn. I gather from the letters that their…


Soldiers at Walter Reed are making masks to reveal — and heal — the hidden wounds of war

December 04, 2016

Chris Stowe worked on a bomb squad during six deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Between tours he sought help for the headaches, anxiety, memory loss and other symptoms of trauma and brain injuries he suffered while being exposed to hundreds of blasts.

He tried talk therapy, medication and a self-…


Whirligig Stage

December 02, 2016

Greenville couple Elana Kepner and Jason Coale aren’t much for waiting around.

A year and a half after moving to Greenville, the two have already opened their own theater company with two shows premiering this coming week.

After meeting in graduate school pursuing theater degrees, the two…


'Bad Santa 2' is an unfunny evocation of the original

December 02, 2016

If the 2003 Christmas-themed comedy "Bad Santa" was, as critic Stephen Hunter put it, "demographically engineered for the smallest interest group in America: those who hate Christmas," then its sequel appears to have been made by an even smaller demographic: those who don't understand why people…