In this week’s cover story, writer John Bear attempts to live as an average American for one week. In his words, "I did a so-so job." It’s not just a one-liner; Bear confronts, as you’ll see here, his own limitations as much as he wrestles with the very concept of "average"—a slippery notion, to be sure. Read the story for yourself, and don’t forget to leave comments!

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