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A Body for the Body Politic

President Lincoln worked very hard all his life. After he died, his corpse kept a gruelling travel schedule, too.

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The Definition of a Dictionary

Merriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like?

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Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?

How the new store is—and isn’t—changing Detroit.

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The Self-Made Man

The story of an American myth.

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“Your Future Is Very Dark”

On former CIA agent John T. Downey, who spent more than 20 years in China as the longest held American captive of war.

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I Was the Worst High School Quarterback Ever

The author examines his terrible football career.

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The Bro Whisperer of Bustle

Bryan Goldberg’s site for women was widely mocked when it launched a year ago. Today it has 15 million readers per month and some of its harshest early critics are on the payroll.

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Haida's Story

An excerpt from Murakami's forthcoming novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

“I have a kind of weird story related to death. Something my father told me. He said it was an actual experience he had when he was in his early twenties. Just the age I am now. I’ve heard the story so many times I can remember every detail. It’s a really strange story—it’s hard even now for me to believe it actually happened—but my father isn’t the type to lie about something like that. Or the type who would concoct such a story. I’m sure you know this, but when you make up a story the details change each time you retell it. You tend to embellish things, and forget what you said before. ... But my father’s story, from start to finish, was always exactly the same, each time he told it. So I think it must be something he actually experienced. I’m his son, and I know him really well, so the only thing I can do is believe what he said. But you don’t know my father, Tsukuru, so feel free to believe it or not. Just understand that this is what he told me. You can take it as folklore, or a tale of the supernatural, I don’t mind. It’s a long story, and it’s already late, but do you mind if I tell it?”

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Murder in Miniature

One woman’s ghastly dollhouse dioramas turned crime scene investigation into a science.

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Why Isn’t Delonte West in the NBA?

How a bipolar diagnosis follows you from the top to the bottom of professional basketball.

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Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient

The railroad foreman’s brain was pierced by a tamping iron. He lived to tell the tale.