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Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

The author famous for the cult classic House of Leaves is writing a novel about a little girl who finds a kitten. The book is planned to be epic — 27 volumes total. Volume 1 is more than 800 pages.
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After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

A young Air Force captain thought his career was over. Instead, he was invited to join a stealth program — and told, "You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened."
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The Three Magi Brought Together At National Gallery

Paintings of the three biblical Magi by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens are reunited at the National Gallery of Art for the first time in more than 130 years.
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For This Puzzle, J-st Ign-r- Th- V-w-ls

Every answer is the name of a well-known U.S. city. For every word given, ignore the vowels. The word's consonants are the same consonants appearing in the same order as those in the city's name.
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In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

In Oklahoma, tornadoes are just a fact of life — but sometimes a truly awful one comes along. In The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey chronicles the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 2013.
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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.
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GIs Helped Bring Freedom To Europe, And A Taste For Oregano To America

Now ubiquitous, oregano was a rarity in U.S. cuisine before World War II. But the GIs who encountered it in Sicily fell for the herb, especially in pizza, fueling a boom in Italian-American cuisine.
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Not My Job: Actor Steve Buscemi Gets Quizzed On Government Jobs

Buscemi wasn't always a famous actor. He was once just a young man taking the civil service test. If things had gone differently, he could have had a career in any number of exciting government jobs.
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Desilicious: A Bollywood Bash And A Safe Haven

Since 2002, LGBT South Asians have regularly gathered in New York City for this blowout dance party. Attendees welcome the chance to be open about their sexuality and embrace their heritage.
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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.

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