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Tom Wolfe on Marshall McLuhan for His 100th Would-Be Birthday
Tom Wolfe on Marshall McLuhan for His 100th Would-Be Birthday

How the man who coined the global village became the first seer of cyberspace and digital empowerment.

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Life in the Abyss: Behind the Scenes of the Census of Marine Life
Life in the Abyss: Behind the Scenes of the Census of Marine Life

How to name a new species after your exwife, or what bioluminescent fish have to do with world peace.

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7 Obscure Children’s Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature
7 Obscure Children’s Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature

What a moral cat has to do with a lost boy, a happy prince and the rules for little girls.

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Urban Atrophy: Haunting Photos of Architectural Ghosts
Urban Atrophy: Haunting Photos of Architectural Ghosts

What Classic Coke has to do with abandoned dolls and the afterlife of buildings.

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Brain Bugs: The Glorious Imperfections of Our Brains
Brain Bugs: The Glorious Imperfections of Our Brains

What our memory lapses have to do with optical illusions, advertising, and the bliss of ignorance.

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Andrew Bush’s Drive-By Portraits: A Meditation on Character
Andrew Bush’s Drive-By Portraits: A Meditation on Character

What a vintage Beetle has to do with speeding grannies and the challenges of family travel.

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