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Seph Lawless: A Real American Horror Story
05th November 2015 - 5 comments
In: Blog, News
It's been a while since I wrote about the dishonest antics of Seph Lawless, internet misinformation peddler extraordinaire. A lot has happened: threats to me, my publisher, places I speak at, and so much other online harassment it merits a whole article.


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Sale on Signed Copies of My Book, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"!
01st November 2015 - 0 comments
In: News, Blog
I'm running a promotion: buy a signed copy of my book through my website and you'll get a free 5x7, or some other Abandoned America goodies of equal or greater value!


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Debunking "The Trolley Tragedy of 1957"
18th October 2015 - 8 comments
In: Blog
What happens when news stories about abandoned sites are published without fact checking? A bizarro tale of Seph Lawless, fraud, and a journalistic train wreck. By Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America


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the eye of the hurricane
09th October 2015 - 2 comments
In: Blog
I don't see how it is possible not to connect the dots with these places. To me, they are the eye of a hurricane, the effects of a society spinning so quickly that its own mass and weight are pulling it apart.


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No Hope for a Cure
25th August 2015 - 1 comment
In: Blog
Perhaps the sadness of finding children's toys in abandoned locations mirrors our worst failure, our inability to protect them from how brutal reality can be.


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to manage the darkness
03rd August 2015 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Not all aspects of fear are bad, which is why in managed doses we seek it out.


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No Matter How Far
02nd July 2015 - 6 comments
In: Blog
The focus wasn't just right, I made some other stupid mistake in the settings, the angle could have been better. I should have tried more, and worked harder.


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In the Interest of Honesty
23rd June 2015 - 2 comments
In: Blog
It's never just been about the history or preservation of these places, it's more about trying to figure out how to survive myself.


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On Researching and Historical Accuracy
19th June 2015 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Even the best efforts to research a site sometimes present inaccurate results - how does one deal with human error in historical writing?


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Way to Go, Philadelphia! We Destroyed the Boyd!
09th May 2015 - 3 comments
In: Blog
A congratulatory letter to the City of Philadelphia on the demolition of its last movie palace, the Boyd Theater


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toward the oblivion of eternity
08th February 2015 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Our reaction to ruins bears a strong tie to our processing of loss and grief, and how we turn to memories to cope with them.


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On Planned/Unplanned Obsolescence
27th January 2015 - 2 comments
In: Blog
From the moment you create something, it marches towards becoming obsolete, with or without your help.


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The Horrible Truth: An Abandoned America Blog
31st October 2014 - 7 comments
In: Blog
It may be the season where we comfort ourselves with made up haunted house stories, but the truth is a lot more frightening.


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An End to the Era of Lies: An Abandoned America Blog
19th October 2014 - 4 comments
In: Blog
It was all about creating a myth so we wouldn't have to face the truth.


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An Erasure of Sorts: An Abandoned America Blog
22nd February 2014 - 1 comment
In: Blog
Sitting up there in the dark amidst the shadows of familiar things now twisted and blackened, with lazy ashes swirling in the last fleeting rays of sunshine, I knew I was where I belonged.


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Demolition by Neglect: An Abandoned America Blog
14th February 2014 - 0 comments
In: Blog
How do you destroy a building you probably shouldn't be allowed to? It's a process called demolition by neglect. An Abandoned America blog by Matthew Christopher.


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A Requiem for St. Bonaventure
13th February 2014 - 1 comment
In: Blog
The destruction of a true work of art is never something to revel in. The erasure of a beautiful cathedral like Philadelphia's St. Bonaventure is a tragedy for all, and an enormous hole torn both literally and figuratively in the community around it. An Abandoned America blog by Matthew Christopher


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Carve Out a Little Piece of My Heart: An Abandoned America Blog
22nd March 2013 - 1 comment
In: Blog
With every place lost, you lose a part of yourself.


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A Violation of the Contract: An Abandoned America Blog
19th February 2013 - 3 comments
In: Blog
Abandoned sites are more than just places to photograph or ways of getting away from the rules of society. Often they are the physical manifestation of something that has gone horribly wrong.


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The Work I Was Born to Do: An Abandoned America Blog
06th February 2013 - 4 comments
In: Blog
Does the photography of ruins exploit its subjects? It's a frequent criticism of the genre of work, and one that I disagree strongly with. Here's why.


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