[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]ne of my cats, the fluffy black one, is snoozing on a large pile of recently unpacked clothes over another pile of sheets and pillows on my unmade bed. The windows are open, and it is raining outside, but barely. When the sun comes out again, the pine needles will dry up and fill …

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[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]f you’ve been reading Misadventures faithfully over the past six months, you’ll know that our dearest Franny has been sending us hilarious dispatches from her time spent in Novosibirsk, Russia. This is not an easy task because, well, Russia’s just not that funny. It’s cold, it’s dark, and…it’s Russia. You haven’t been reading Franny’s …

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[dropcap size=small]R[/dropcap]ecently I spoke with David Douglas, filmmaker, and Dr. Patricia Wright, primatologist, about the film they collaborated on to make, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. In typical IMAX fashion, Lemurs is visually stunning, has a resounding and beautiful Malgache soundtrack, and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. The sweeping shots of the island’s countryside are incredible …

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[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]y smile spreads. I pause to laugh before chewing the slightly soggy, roadside graham cracker. The gravel grit of the road mixes with the cracker and I am reminded of the sprawling scene behind me. The Toklat River’s braided ribbons underline the mountains, still nameless. Francesca continues reading in her contrived Irish accent; she …

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[dropcap size=small]H[/dropcap]adza: Last of the First is a riveting look at a 300-strong tribe of hunter-gatherers living in the Great Rift Valley that anthropologists are studying for insights into the roots of humanity. The film also examines the range of pressures threatening their lifestyle, from international big-game hunters to agriculture to Tanzanian nation-building. I spoke …

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The End of Make-Believe Of course I had my doubts, but when no one was looking I’d pretend to be a tightrope walker, The Great Farini, crossing Niagara Falls with a man on my back. I used to tell strangers I was a boy and to prove it would skip rocks, make them soar exquisitely …

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