How I Learned to Let Off Steam

I had found a new way to express myself, and it was with words. 

As one way to control my violence as a young guy, I actually started to box.  And I was training for the Golden Gloves Competition down in Lowell, the town that the movie “The Fighter” made famous - for those that don’t know Lowell or that Jack Kerouac came from there.  I was very disciplined about this and that was something I was really planning to do.  

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Why We're Not Entering the Mystery of Anything

We’re bopping around like little birds on a wire looking at anything that pops up.

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Rethinking Social Darwinism in America

Maybe we’re not going to demonize the poor or the guy who lost his house as much as we might have 15 years ago.

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A History of Violence

There are circumstances where violence is necessary, says Andre Dubus III, author of Townie, but it always takes a heavy spiritual toll. 

What's the Big Idea? 

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