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For Grown-Ups, Missing Those Back-To-School Blues

Is it possible to play hooky from real life and return to the magical wonder of learning in a classroom? Writer Ben Dolnick investigates the intellectual doldrums that plague life after graduation.
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Joy Of Letters

Another tweet, another text, another trite, impersonal way that we choose to communicate with each other in the modern age. Writer Gwen Thompkins describes the ties that bind us to the well-written letter.
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An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding

In Take Shelter, Michael Shannon dreams of an apocalyptic storm, and builds a backyard bunker for his family to survive. Critic David Edelstein says the film is terrific. (Recommended)
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French Feminists Say 'Non' To 'Mademoiselle'

Spurred by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, French feminists are taking on what they see as one of the most entrenched and subtle barriers to gender equality in France: the word "mademoiselle." They say the term is irrelevant and insulting.
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Idris Elba: The Man Who Is Luther, Was Stringer, And Could Be James Bond

Idris Elba returns to his Emmy-nominated role in BBC America's Luther tonight. His history playing conflicted men who understand both sides of the law has brought him acclaim, but one particular rumor about an iconic role just keeps coming up — and he's doing nothing to make it go away.
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We're All Just 'Guys'

It used to be that guys were guys and girls were girls. But now everyone's a guy and Frank Deford is confused.
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Caffeinated Women May Be Fighting Depression With Every Cup

A Harvard School of Public Health study of more than 50,000 nurses suggests the more caffeine they drank, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are calling for more study on why this might be.
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Obama To Heckler: 'I Agree Jesus Christ Is The Lord'

The young man who interrupted the president's fundraiser in Los Angeles, though, also shouted that "Barack Obama is the Antichrist!" See the video.
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Do This Summer's Disasters Hail Impending Doom?

Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the disasters and disaster coverage of the summer. He observes that it was a tough season, and we don't know what lies ahead: Will it be a return to normal or a further time of trouble? He wants a new drug to sort it all out.

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