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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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Be Fruitful I've always made meals out of my late summer fruit binges. And this year, I was especially captivated by Italy's traditional berry and melon risottos.
By Jason Wilson

Pertinent & Impertinent The big ideas on the small, the not-so-small, and the everyday.
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Picture Books Between pauper's bibles and the modern graphic novel, there's Frans Masereel's My Book of Hours – a crucial example of the power of stories without words.

Visual Studies Dispatches from exhibitions around the world.
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Public Eyes The internet has changed how we look at photos. Can it also help us reimagine the history of photography?

Idle Chatter Field notes on arts, culture, and everything else from our critic-at-large.
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The Naipaul Question In V.S. Naipaul's writing on Conrad, we see who he truly is.

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 Last Walk Are cars turning human beings into quadrupeds? Or is there room for walking after all?

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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Buddy Up From buddy comedies to world peace

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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In the Ground In Narayan's The English Teacher, writing with, and for, the dead in the background.

My Writers Workshop Looking back on the dalliances of my MFA program.
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The German Guy My relationship with the German guy — or lack thereof — was nothing but liberating.

Object Looking at a single obscure object from museums around the world.
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Pocket Protector The match safe, a relic from when "pants-on-fire" wasn't just a schoolyard taunt.