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The great achievement of Invisible Oranges, beyond creating a forum for smart metal writing, is in assembling a community of smart metal writers. First, Cosmo demonstrated that there was an audience for his thoughtful, complex explorations into the intellectual and emotional appeal of this music. Then he found all these other writers who were able to explore that appeal from different angles. One such writer (without whom the IO community would be poorer) is my friend and colleague, Beth Winegarner. Her compassion for young metal fans is so powerful, she wrote a book designed to educate their parents and maybe even convince them that their kids are on the right intellectual track because of their tastes. Being based in San Francisco it’s easy to forget there’s still people whose lives are made hell for their taste in music. This interview on her book, ‘Why Teens Love Metal, Gaming & The Occult: A Guide for Parents’, is a great introduction to her exhaustive research on the subject and a lifeline for any parent in danger of misunderstanding their kid’s love for the riff.

—Alee Karim

Read: ‘Why Teens Love Metal, Gaming and the Occult’

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