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Like A Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan is one of the few American singer-songwriters who has earned a worldwide popular following while at the same time appealing to the counterculture movement. Even though he long ago entered the cultural mainstream—he’s won 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom—Dylan earned his early accolades with a unique brand of songwriting and poetically caustic lyrics. He is also one of America’s most prolific musical minds, with over 40 albums (and six books of painting and drawing) to his name since 1962.

So it shouldn’t be that surprising that Dylan is supposedly releasing a new album in August, possibly called “Shadows in the Night.” But even then we sort of wonder: After five decades of music and non-stop touring, why does he keep going? And that in turn begs the question—Who is Bob Dylan, the enigmatic musician we all know so well?

Like A Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan In 14 Iconic Images

What 11 Websites Looked Like Before You Used Them Every Day

Some sites are so ubiquitous, it’s hard to imagine life without them. Bored at work? Vanish into the Reddit rabbit hole. Should you carry an umbrella today? is there for you.

Over at, I step inside the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and revisit the days when a googol was a number and the Amazon was just a river.

What 11 Websites Looked Like Before You Used Them Every Day

Lifehacks For A Good Night’s Sleep

By now, we all know that getting quality sleep every night is really, really important for our bodies and minds. Lack of sleep is correlated with increased chances for all kinds of health problems: blood pressure, diabetes, fattier diets, car accidents, depression, and general all-around crabbiness. And as if decaying the mind and body weren’t enough, sleep deprivation also makes you look gross (thanks for that, science).

Over at, I take a look at some great ways to fall asleep faster, wake up more efficiently, and get the most out of your zzz’s.

Lifehacks For A Good Night’s Sleep

Watergate: 40 Years Later

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon announced to the nation and the world that he would resign as 37th president of the United States. After Watergate—the break-in at the Democratic National Committee office, the administration’s cover-up, the Congressional investigation, the dynamite reporting in several newspapers and magazines—Nixon’s resignation plunged America into a morass of political mistrust and media cynicism.

Over at, I look at some of the major players and moments in one of the defining epochs of American history.

40 Years After Nixon’s Resignation