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Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss wants to build the nation's first brothel for female customers in the Nevada desert. To get the story, journalist (and Truthdig contributor) Steven Kotler had to survive roadside breakdowns, barren deserts, abandoned towns, a brothel war, and an assortment of cowboys, pimps and angry locals.

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Want to know why near-death experiences frequently feature tunnels of white, euphoric light? The L Times Book Review recommends picking up a copy of Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler's new book "West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief" to find out

  • Also: the Village Voice gives "West of Jesus" a rave
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    Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler describes in The New York Times Magazine how the mere act of going surfing pulled him out of a near-suicidal battle with Lyme disease and kick-started a quest to explore the nexus of surf, science and spirituality.

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