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J.D. Salinger’s First Story

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“Slight Rebellion Off Madison,” J.D. Salinger’s first published story in The New Yorker and the public’s introduction to Holden Caulfield, can be read in its entirety here. (And is it possible more Salinger books are on the way?)

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Bookshelfies, a collection of reader self-portraits in front of their beloved book collections, is a good response to the age-old question, “What are you reading?”

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Can’t be bothered to fill out an online dating profile? This hilarious random text-generator will do it for you, cobbling together paragraphs of the most frequently used dating site phrases. “Beach days shoot me a message sushi Woody Allen Netflix, Werner Herzog vinyl records” sounds like a real winner!

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County fairs are ripe for people-watching and photojournalism.

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People are widely upset about the decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman, but Louis C.K. as a proposed alternative? That’s a whole different can of worms.

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Batman, at least, has managed to make a name for himself in the superhero universe. Other heroes and villains inspired by the animal kingdom haven’t been so lucky.

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Leonard Freed’s pictures from the historic 1964 March on Washington, the 49th anniversary of which is coming up this week, depict the thousands of impassioned protestors who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. speak.

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It’s almost the season for pumpkin ale, but pizza beer and oyster stout might be going too far.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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