Famous former neo-Nazi shifts focus: America is becoming ‘the skinhead’s dream of the 1990s’

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Former neo-Nazi warns mass shootings are part of an uprising: ‘This is going to get worse’

“I’ve been at war for 30 years,” Christian Picciolini says, intensity widening his eyes, “I’m ready to go home.”
His homeward journey involves leaving the work that has consumed his life for the past two decades: disengaging white extremists from neo-Nazi organizations or similar groups.

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Simone de Beauvoir’s Brilliant Friend

There is a photograph of Simone de Beauvoir with her best friend Zaza, taken on a warm day in September 1928. They are 20, between girlhood and womanhood. They have matching haircuts, short dark bobs announcing them as modern. Bare arms emerge from loose white dresses, tanned in Zaza’s case, paler in Simone’s. Clothed knees touch, giving the impression they are one person, a twin-headed mermaid in dialogue with herself.

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This Is Not René Magritte

When René Magritte was a little boy growing up in Belgium in the early 1900s, he had a friend called Raymond who lived a few doors down. Raymond recalls going over to play at the Magrittes’ house, where René’s father Léopold kept a room full of “white metal containers of Cocoline”—a new, coconut oil-based form of margarine which he sold for work—“and advertising posters, too.

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The missing immigrant workers

But Muradyan, an immigrant from Armenia, had to stop working — because the U.S. government couldn’t be bothered to process her application to renew her work permit. Eventually, her existing work permit expired, and her employers had to terminate her.

Many factors contribute to our nationwide labor shortages, which are, in turn, driving supply-chain problems and inflation. Most of those issues — lack of child care, early retirements, fear of getting ill, burnout — would be difficult for employers or policymakers to resolve even if wages rise.

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King Richard and reclaiming Richard Williams’s legacy

If you’ve been watching Serena and Venus Williams since the beginning, you’ve watched them play for almost 30 years. Their tennis careers are old enough to be millennials, with over 1,600 singles wins, 122 singles titles, and 30 Grand Slam singles wins combined. They will go down in history as two of the greatest female tennis players of all time, with Serena arguably being the greatest player in history.

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The intertwined legacies of Jonathan Larson and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Before press screenings of Tick, Tick … Boom!, the new movie based on an autobiographical musical by Rent composer Jonathan Larson, a message played. It was from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film’s director as well as the creator and star of Hamilton.
“When I was making this film,” Miranda said, “I just kept thinking, ‘What would Jonathan Larson want?’ That was my first goal.

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A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. A celebration of the best of American literature, the nominations span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young adult books. And every year since 2014, we at Vox read them all to help our readers figure out which ones they might want to check out. Here are our thoughts on the 2021 nominees and winners.

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A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. A celebration of the best of American literature, the nominations span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young adult books. And every year since 2014, we at Vox read them all to help our readers figure out which ones they might want to check out. Here are our thoughts on the 2021 nominees and winners.

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A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. A celebration of the best of American literature, the nominations span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young adult books. And every year since 2014, we at Vox read them all to help our readers figure out which ones they might want to check out. Here are our thoughts on the 2021 nominees and winners.

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Maria Rubio Saw Jesus on a Tortilla and Became a National Sensation. It Almost Ruined Her Life.

One October morning in 1977, Maria Rubio was in her small green stucco house in southeastern New Mexico, preparing her husband’s lunch. It was 6 a.m., and she was making burritos—cooking beans, scrambling eggs, and preparing tortillas from scratch. And then she saw it, as she was putting together the second burrito: a burn mark on one of the tortillas, in the shape of a little face. Maria felt chills, and she could sense her body moving, though she wasn’t sure if it was out of joy or fear.

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Maria shouted at her 17-year-old daughter, Rosy, to come into the kitchen.

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