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Tumultuous Tales Of Loathing And Wit

Love is a many splendored thing ... or is it? Author Eleanor Henderson, once admittedly infatuated with the writings of her teacher, Robert Cohen, insists that you must read The Varieties of Romantic Experience -- his collection of tumultuous tales of love and the struggles that lie therein.
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Crossing The Border: A Case For Legalizing Drugs

Commentator Austin Bay, a life-long Texas resident, has seen the ravages of the drug trade worsening on the border for decades. A retired military intelligence expert and conservative blogger, he now takes the position that the drug wars can't be ended without decriminalizing the drugs crossing the border.
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No Love For November, Sports' Drama-Free Month

For commentator Frank Deford, there's not a lot of excitement in the sports world these days — a feeling he chalks up to the November doldrums.
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Mindy Kaling On Diets, High School And Other American Pastimes

Mindy Kaling's humor is rooted in a type of circular logic that's all her own. Just consider this recent Tweet: "Can everyone buy my book please? I wanna quit the business and homeschool my kids real weird."
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John Hodgman And Robert Siegel Consider 'All' Things, Some Of Them Rather Dubious

If you are uncertain about the implications of The Jock-Nerd Convergence or are unsure about the dangers posed by The Century Toad, fear not: author John Hodgman is here to explain them to you. Also: sardines.
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Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?

It began with a "poetree" — an ornately-crafted paper sculpture left in the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. Next was a paper dragon. Who was leaving these cryptic messages around town?
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Major League Longing: What Comes After Game 7

In the post-baseball season, the nostalgic joys of America's favorite pastime seem even more sweet. After the final crack of the bat, commentator Glenn Stout yearns for the simple pleasures of his favorite game.
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'Rock Center': Serving Hard News, But Will It Sell?

NBC is rolling out a fresh newsmagazine — the first brand new example prime time has seen in nearly 20 years. Anchor Brian Williams means for it to be a vehicle for serious journalism — but TV writer Eric Deggans says audiences may no longer have the appetite.
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The 'Ick' Factor: Bugs Can Be Hard To Swallow

Lots of creepy crawly things will appear on doorsteps and fence posts for Halloween, but will they be on your dinner plate? Insects are being proposed as a cheap and environmentally friendly food source. Long accepted around the world, eating bugs is considered, well, gross to many in North America and Europe.

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