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Why the Civil War Still Matters

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Gettysburg bound the United States into one nation.
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When the Americans Turned the Tide

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The Germans were pushing toward Paris in 1918 when untested American troops helped stop them at the Marne River in a pivotal World War I battle.
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An Auteur Is Not a Brand

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The notion of the auteur, of the director as creator, isn’t the universal state of the art; it’s an exceptional achievement.
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'Caring for Dad made us better people.' Lessons in caring for an elderly parent

'Caring for Dad made us better people.' Lessons in caring for an elderly parent | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Caring for an ailing parent is a life-changing event. The experience can teach us a lot about toughness, perseverance and, especially, love.
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22 Quotes That Take You Inside Elon Musk's Brilliant, Eccentric Mind

22 Quotes That Take You Inside Elon Musk's Brilliant, Eccentric Mind | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
A few clues to how one of the world's greatest inventor thinks.
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Herzog at 50

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How a great novel read at the right moment can be a transformative force.
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What It's Like to Fail

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How one man went from writing jokes for Roseanne to homeless, and how he fought his way back using Craigslist.
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A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love'

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How today’s gospel of self-fulfillment severs the traditional link between work and duty.
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Chinese couples are now rushing to get pregnant, because no one wants their kid to be a sheep

Chinese couples are now rushing to get pregnant, because no one wants their kid to be a sheep | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The Year of the Sheep is fast approaching. And no one wants to raise a sheep.
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Nearsightedness and the Indoor Life

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Why did myopia increase by 66 percent between the early 1970’s and the early 2000’s?
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why I'm a crabby patty about AI and cognitive science

why I'm a crabby patty about AI and cognitive science | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
I'm sorry if I am a grump about artificial intelligence. It just happens to be a subject on which our media frequently appears both insufficiently educated and unwilling to learn. My frustration st...
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What’s morally acceptable? It depends on where in the world you live

What’s morally acceptable? It depends on where in the world you live | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
A Pew Research survey asked people in 40 countries what behaviors they considered to be morally acceptable, unacceptable or not posing a moral issue.
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The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights

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The placid town of Piqua, Ohio, sits in the state’s west-central section, barely half-an-hour’s ride from the Dayton bicycle shop where Orville and Wilbur Wright helped prove that man could fly. Its name comes from the Shawnee Indian phrase “Othath-He-Waugh-Pe-Qua,” meaning “He has risen from the ashes!” and its...
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Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius

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Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the countercult...
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Can books cross borders? - FT.com

Can books cross borders? - FT.com | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Is it in any way “important” to read writers from our own country? Is there even any real difference in reading a book from home and a book from abroad? Or to put it another way: when I pick up a novel, is it merely a question of a free-floating
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Figuring Out How to Mourn in the Age of Skype

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Do religious traditions still provide a good map for grieving?
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San Francisco Noir

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A search for a bygone genre, with Dashiell Hammett as guide, yields its own set of mysteries.
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What’s Wrong With Micro Management? It’s Too Hands Off

What’s Wrong With Micro Management? It’s Too Hands Off | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
On a recent meditative hike, I sat down with an apple and some cheddar cheese to contemplate the Larger Questions in Life.Even the beauty of nature – the drifting flight of a swallowtail butterfly,
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San Francisco Is Dead. Long Live San Francisco.

San Francisco Is Dead. Long Live San Francisco. | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Yes, the city we know is going away. But, as has happened throughout its history, a new one will arise. Let’s give it a chance.
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Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

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My personal picks for must-read nonfiction from 2013.
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Mr. Phelan’s building — Medium

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Both of us joined Medium at the beginning of the year, and quickly became fascinated with that “stupendous edifice” our 9th-floor office…
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Why the U.S. is still paying for the Civil War:

Why the U.S. is still paying for the Civil War: | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
This is the story of 84-year-old Irene Triplett, who still receives a VA pension for her father's service in the Civil War. The VA is also still paying benefits to 16 widows and children of veterans from the 1898 Spanish-American War and 4,038 widows, sons and daughters of World War I veterans.
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer

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Working in America’s everyday black-market economy
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

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Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.
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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

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High-yield wheat and rice produced dramatic gains in harvests in Asia and Latin America. Is it Africa’s turn now?
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What makes most restaurant reviews worthless

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Not just the general reason why they are bad, but rather a very specific reason.  Caitlin Dewey reports about: …a new paper appropriately titled “Demographics, Weather and Online Reviews.” The study analyzed 1.1 million online reviews of 840,000 restaurants, looking […]
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