How Jane Austen helped inspire Elena Ferrante’s disappearing act.

How Jane Austen Helped Inspire Elena Ferrante’s Disappearing Act

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How to give your dog a good life after you die—even if you’re not rich.

How to Leave Your Fortune to Your Dog. If You Must.

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My 3-year-old son had a blankie. At 34, so did I. We gave them up together.

How My 3-Year-Old Son and I Gave Up Our Blankies—Together

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The best and worst of cold-weather sportswear.

Do We Like to See Athletes Suffer in the Cold? Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin Discuss.

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On screen, TV is more diverse than ever. Why aren’t writing staffs catching up?

TV Is More Diverse than Ever—on Screen. Why Not in the Writers’ Room?

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Mormons who fell dangerously ill on their missions say the church denied them access to medical care.

Mormon Missionaries Say the Church Failed to Treat Their Health Problems

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How an obsession with certainty can hurt patients’ health.

How Medicine’s Obsession With Certainty Can Hurt Patients’ Health

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Playboy magazine to stop publishing nude photos of women.

How the Internet Killed Playboy

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What’s happening in Syria is eerily similar to the start of World War I.

There Are No Easy Solutions in Syria. There Are, However, Alarming Historical Precedents.

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Anna Wintour and Pitchfork are now corporate buddies.

Publishing Giant Condé Nast Buys Famed Hipster Music Site Pitchfork

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Denniz Pop, Max Martin, and Cheiron Studios: The man who invented modern pop.

This Swedish DJ Created the Template for Modern Pop. Why Have You Never Heard of Him?

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Japan is heaven for film lovers.

The Spirited Away Bathhouse, Toho Studios, and Other Japanese Cinema Landmarks

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Thank-you notes: when and how to send them

We Need a New Etiquette for the Handwritten Thank-You Note

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The shooting of Jonathan Ferrell in Charlotte is an all-too-familiar story—an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer. But it has an unfamiliar ending.

An All-Too-Familiar Story—Unarmed Black Man Killed by White Cop—With an Unfamiliar Ending

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Every conversation between a parent and a child, in four conversations

Perhaps You Didn’t Hear Me, Dad. I Really Want It.

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Rental security deposits in the U.S. make no sense. The U.K. found a better way.

It Makes No Sense That Your Landlord Gets to Hold Your Security Deposit. Here’s a Better Way.

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A history of Andy Warhol's relationship with food

A History of Andy Warhol’s Relationship With Food—Including That Weird Schrafft’s Commercial

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The Drug-Fueled Existentialism of Tao Lin : Illustration by Jess Fink

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Summers Fly, Winters Walk :Illustration by Jess Fink

The Days Go By Slowly but the Years Go By Fast. Why?

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The Professor-Student Love Affair, Revisited: Illustration by Jeff Zwirek

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Why is it so difficult to write about desire? Illustration by Jess Fink

A Surprisingly Sexy (and Brainy) Book About Desire

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The Lost Great Novel of Middle Age: Illustration by Jeff Zwirek

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Sex and the Single Intellectual. Illustration by Jeff Zwirek

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Theory: Spike Lee’s best movies are the ones with the hottest weather.

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On the endless literature to help you quit smoking.

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