Monday, October 10

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On the tangled early careers of Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace, Mary Karr and Jeffrey Eugenides.

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Retracing the early economic steps of the Obama administration.

Sunday, October 9

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On the lifestyle of a fugitive retiree, and how it came to an end.

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On the life and afterlife of Che Guevara.

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The author reluctantly commits to a Kindle.

Saturday, October 8

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On the minds of teenagers.

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On the backyard wrestling clubs of South Florida.

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Love advice from a beloved aunt.

I try to call my Great Aunt Doris every day. She's ninety-years old and lives alone. I love her desperately and as she gets older, especially of late as she becomes more feeble, my love seems to be picking up velocity, overwhelming me almost, tinged as it is with panic -- I'm so afraid of losing her.

Friday, October 7

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The controversy over a widely-used prostate cancer screening test.

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Fourteen other tornadoes hit Georgia on April 27 and 28. This was not the record — that would be twenty, during Tropical Storm Alberto in 1994. But it was one of the worst twenty-four-hour periods in the history of the state. Tornadoes hit Trenton, Cherokee Valley, south of LaGrange, and Covington; killed seven people in a neighborhood in Catoosa County, swept through Ringgold, and killed two more — a disabled man and his caregiver — in a double-wide trailer on the far end of Spalding County. Those tornadoes got all the attention. The Vaughn tornado didn’t even warrant an article in a major newspaper. No one talked about Vaughn. The only way for a person to really find out about it was to drive past.
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How the media and law enforcement fingered the wrong man for the 1996 Olympic Park bombing.