Mummies, Show Tunes, a Nineteenth-Century Biblical Sex Cult, Mean-Spirited Totem Poles, and More

Uncle Red takes on Sarah Vowell over at Identity Theory. “I never wanted to be a writer. When I was growing up I wasn’t one of those people who hid in their bedroom with a flashlight scribbling out stories. I came to writing by studying art history and writing essay exams. So I don’t know how to make stories up. I know how to lie. One reason I like writing nonfiction is [that] it’s all about the implausible.