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This week sees the premiere of the HBO documentary Going Clear, inspired by Lawrence Wright’s immensely thorough and disquieting Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. The 2013 book has its origins in a New Yorker profile Wright wrote in 2011 about Oscar-winning filmmaker and Scientology apostate Paul Haggis. Wright’s investigation into the Church of Scientology’s origins, evolution, and alarming tactics for strong-arming the feds and quieting its dissenters is an overdue and much-needed reckoning.

You can purchase the book here.

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My Brother, Still

When my brother was a boy, he loved to leave pennies on the railroad tracks up the street from our house and wait for the freight train to flatten them as it zoomed by.

This scared my mother to death. I don't know that she ever found a flattened penny in the pocket of his jeans or heard it rattling around in the clothes dryer. More likely, she got regular dispatches from the neighborhood gossips reporting for duty.

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