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'Catch-22': A Paradox Turns 50 And Still Rings True

Joseph Heller's depictions of war turned America's idea of heroism on its head. The irreverent 1961 novel was based on Heller's own experiences in World War II, but it was the anti-authoritarian generation of the Vietnam era that embraced Catch-22 as its own.
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Drunk On Words: A Literary Escape From Adolescence

The romantic power of words has the uncanny ability to lead us through the aches and pains of growing up. Author Leah Hager Cohen recommends Brian Hall's The Saskiad, a coming-of-age tale with a bookish twist.
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Debate Does Nothing To Derail Romney's 'Kudzu Campaign'

Mitt Romney continued his dogged, incremental pursuit of the White House on Tuesday night, dominating the GOP presidential debate on the economy. The man once touted as his most formidable opponent was barely a factor.
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Football Uber Alles. Uber Alles, Football

In America, football is really big — and it's getting bigger. Football is now gigantic, monstrous, humongous. And it has done more than surpass baseball. It now simply looms alone above the American sportscape.
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Coming To The Table: Why The Candidates Are Easier To Take Sitting Down

Unlike the previous half-dozen debates, this one took place around a table. And by sitting everyone down, the sponsors managed to elevate the discussion.
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A Peach, A Monkey, A Memory: One Texas Summer

As we drift to sleep, our minds tend to drift as well — recalling memories long ago lost to time. Singer and storyteller Tony Norris remembers a relic of his childhood, and the ties that bind him to a tiny peach-pit monkey.
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Letters: Medication Shortages And Chef Jacques Pepin

Talk of the Nation listeners write in with their comments about chef Jacques Pepin and the current shortage of prescription drugs.
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A 'Marriage Plot' Full Of Intellectual Angst

Jeffrey Eugenides' third novel, The Marriage Plot, charts the lives of three young adults as they finish college, fall in love and navigate the real world after graduating from Brown University in 1982. Eugenides, also a Brown alum, based some of the novel on his own experiences directly after college.

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