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'Times' Advice Guru Answers Your Social Q's

New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes details how to handle breakups, cellphone calls and food allergies — among other topics — in his book Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.
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What's In a (Baby) Name?

So many end-of-the year lists detail something trivial. But sometimes those lists can help us appreciate something obvious.
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The Marvels And Messes Of A Month Of Writing

This week marked the end of National Novel Writing Month, a marathonlike contest that boasted over 200,000 participants last year. Each year, some attempts end in failure. However, for others, like best-selling author Erin Morgenstern, it's only the beginning of their story.
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Three Juicy Tales Of The Ultimate Food Taboo

Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
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Being Positive: Love And Life After An HIV Diagnosis

Chris Whitney lived in San Francisco in the 1980s, when there wasn't much known about AIDS. But then he tested positive for HIV. He explains what happened next to his friend Erin Kuka.
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Not Quite Norman: Living Up To A Literary Legacy

Can inspiration hit too close to home? Author Alex Gilvarry chronicles the challenges of trying to emulate famed writer Norman Mailer — while staying in Mailer's old house.

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