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Bookslut A bi-weekly column from a very promiscuous reader.
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To Be a Ghost Life in the shadows can be challenging, but not all ghostwriters struggle for credit.

Questionable Tastes Journeys through the world of food and drink.
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Beyond Ragù I was fascinated by Italy's traditional regional pasta dishes. But I may have taken it too far by making tortelli cremaschi.

Pertinent & Impertinent The big ideas on the small, the not-so-small, and the everyday.
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Little Histories They aren't the Met or the Louvre, but American historical society museums are filled with different kinds of treasure.


Visual Studies Dispatches from exhibitions around the world.
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Burn the Paintings Is iconoclasm anything more than the senseless destruction of art?

Idle Chatter Field notes on arts, culture, and everything else from our critic-at-large.
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Cutting Edge A century later, it's harder to see the Panama Canal as fantastical. But it took many more centuries before even the idea of connecting oceans could arise.

Consumer Confidence Notes on what we buy, why we buy it, and how companies get us to keep buying more.
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Out of Focus Kodak changed the way we see, share, and remember the world. Then the world itself changed.


The Look Of Things Notes on Design.
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Fashion-Forward Does fashion belong in the museum? As the consummate expression of postmodern art, it does.


Life Science Investigations into the intersection of science and humanity.
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Take Two Hookworms and Call Me in the Morning We spent decades trying to eradicate hookworm. Whoops?

The Walking Tour A guide of unconventional places and ideas.
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The Speed of Inspiration In need of a burst of creativity? Go for a walk.

Noncanonical Notes from a barbarian at the gates of culture. All columns >


Trunk Show Interest in Weinergate isn't prurient — or new. The struggle between reason and passion has captivated us for centuries.


Used Books Revisiting older books in light of new events.
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That's Rich The wealthy always have the terrible among their ranks. At least Diana Mitford was frank about her terribleness.


Pop Studies Commentary on the worlds of entertainment, style, and media.
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Pretty Vacant Understanding the badness of J.K. Rowling's adult novels

The Naturalist Communications with the living world.
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Sunday in the Park with Georgia National parks get all the glory, but the state parks present a much more complex identity. And they need help.

Tony's Secret Cabinet Stories from the institutions that preserve and interpret our history and culture.
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The Man Who Would Bed King? James Buchanan was the only bachelor president, William Rufus King the only single vice president. Were they Victorian chums or something more?


Keeping Score Notes on music from around the world and throughout history.
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Labor of Love This year, classical music fans celebrate the centennial of Benjamin Britten. But they shouldn't forget his lifelong collaborator and lover, Peter Pears. 

On Shopping To praise shopping is to breach the last taboo of academic culture. All columns >


Counter Argument The department store makeover really is transformative: You leave feeling a whole lot uglier and poorer.

Foodstuffs Notes and commentary from the table.
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Cooking Local An ode to the locally-produced cookbook.
By Meg Favreau


Cause & Effect Aristotle says every human action is due to one of seven causes. I now have seven legitimate excuses for my behavior.
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Toked Affection Aristotle said appetite is the cause of all actions that appear pleasant, but also a source of moral badness. Which explains my mixed results with pot.


Emily's World In which our heroine writes a column.
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Embellished In which our heroine learns the art of scrapbooking. Sort of.


Second Acts Dispatches from a woman of a certain age.
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A Case of Shingles Life as a homeowner is a standoff between you and your roof. Who goes first?


Ask a Poet Everything you wanted to know about life, poets, and the poet's life.
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The End I should be excited for the next chapter of my life, but I'm scared.


The Sporting Life On the wide world of sports.
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Stolen Gold At the 2000 Paralympic Games, the Spanish intellectually disabled basketball team won gold. There was one problem: 10 of the team’s 12 players had no disability.
By Matt Blitz


Lost & Found Peeking into the cracks and crevices of culture.
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Celestial Thinking Was a book about mysticism really necessary as World War I began? Evelyn Underhill believed so.

My Writers Workshop Looking back on the dalliances of my MFA program.
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Oh, Brothers I bonded with Jake about Israel, but I was attracted to Seth. In the end, it turned out it wasn't really my choice after all.

Object Looking at a single obscure object from museums around the world.
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Served Cold In her video The Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler isn't too happy to be in the kitchen. So why is it included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's cookware exhibition?