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PBS Off Book: The Magic of Book Art and Papercraft in 5 Minutes
PBS Off Book: The Magic of Book Art and Papercraft in 5 Minutes

The architecture of whimsy, or what the progression of time has to do with embracing the possible.

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Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers
Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers

What sleep and plagiarism have to do with the poetry of experience and the experience of poetry.

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The 11 Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2011
The 11 Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2011

Illustrated correspondence, rock’n’roll, and what an old Kurt Vonnegut has to do with a young Hemingway.

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Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-Hand Books
Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-Hand Books

From Paul Rand to Hitler, or what Jane Austen has to do with shopping lists and Valentines.

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Fashioning Apollo: How the Spacesuit Was Designed
Fashioning Apollo: How the Spacesuit Was Designed

What Neil Armstrong has to do with combinatorial creativity, underdog innovators, and sports bras.

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An Illustrated Visualization of What Happens on Earth in a Single Second
An Illustrated Visualization of What Happens on Earth in a Single Second

What a whale’s song has to do with the Helios II satellite and the beat of the pigmy shrew’s heart.

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