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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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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters
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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters. If they were designed as movie aliens, they would be too implausible.

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Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Ton Steel Ball. Get out of the way when it's dropped in the name of science!

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Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy. It wasn't a typical Jerry Lewis movie, but it worked.

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The Incinerator House. Artist Ron Fleming turned an abandoned industrial structure into a home and a work of art.

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Why Adam Rippon Didn’t Win. He finished behind two competitors who fell because of the complicated math of figure skating.

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Was Young Luke Skywalker a Selfless Hero or a Freeloader? Luke took advantage of the Rebel Alliance in using an X-wing or two as his personal vehicle, but a commenter refutes that argument in style.

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15 'Trials of the Century' and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them. Because true crime is more fascinating than fiction.

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