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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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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