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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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Morning Cup of Links: San Diego Comic Con News
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The Biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Stories. The latest updates from every pop culture universe.

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Freedom Ride: a glimpse into the experiences of one group of the Freedom Riders of 1961.

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"Dude, where's my car?" Parents take to Craigslist for help after ‘doofy’ son loses car at Metallica show.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars, a reminder that not all journals use peer review or even proofreaders.

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Puzzlewood, Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth. The peaceful, green, 14-acre section of Gloucestershire is truly inspirational.

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How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash. Read the comments, too, for the experiences of people who have used these methods.

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The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood. An influx of global acting talent must be taught to passably sound like Americans.

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Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer? It's one of several sports mash-ups involving motorbikes.

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Always Wear a Helmet
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Powerful photos to remind you to always wear a helmet.

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In 1838, Missouri witnessed the “Missouri Mormon War.” It was the first of three armed conflicts before the Mormons found their home.

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Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties. The Charlatans were ahead of their time, but flamed out fast.

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Six "Common" Medical Conditions That Don't Actually Exist. Some of them were only named in order to sell you a cure.

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Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Landing on runway 13/31 was so terrifying, the procedure was called the Kai Tak Heart Attack.

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The Scariest Rides At The Fair, Ranked By An Anxious Man. Mark Shrayber is terrified of carnival rides, yet he can't help but try them.

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The 100 Greatest American Cooks of All Time. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time.

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12 charming coastal towns to visit this summer. Get away from the crowds of tourists for a relaxing getaway.

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11 Fashion Trends of World War I. With the men away fighting, women went for comfort as well as style.

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