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Sex and Punishment: A 4,000-Year History of Judging Desire
Sex and Punishment: A 4,000-Year History of Judging Desire

How we went from medieval male marriages to executions to marriage equality.

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Henry Miller on Originality
Henry Miller on Originality

“And your way, is it really your way?”

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All Ideas Are Second-Hand: Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality, in a Letter to Helen Keller
All Ideas Are Second-Hand: Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality, in a Letter to Helen Keller

“The kernel, the soul — let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances — is plagiarism.”

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Occupy: Noam Chomsky’s Guide to The History and Practice of Protest
Occupy: Noam Chomsky’s Guide to The History and Practice of Protest

How to protest intelligently without risking your freedom, or what flower petals have to do with PVC.

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Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired
Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired

Debunking the social stigma around late risers, or what Einstein has to do with teens’ risk for smoking.

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Her Idea: An Illustrated Allegory about Procrastination and the Creative Process
Her Idea: An Illustrated Allegory about Procrastination and the Creative Process

A charming all-ages picture book about the endless dance between idea and execution.

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