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The War at Home: friendships, conflict, and loss since October 7. Plus: the New York City Marathon; Paige Lorenze evangelizes Connecticut; Lane Brown on Ridley Scott; Noksu, reviewed.

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  • health The Maya Kowalski Story When a 10-year-old girl complained of mysterious pain, a doctor suspected child abuse. How far would she go to prove it?
  • unsolved mysteries What Really Happened to JFK? One thing’s for sure: The CIA doesn’t want you to know.
  • culture Erewhon’s Secrets Japanese utopians. Corporate glow-ups. $400 smoothies. The strange history of the world’s most cultish grocery store. podcast


the national interest

Elon Musk Doesn’t Understand What ‘Blackmail’ Means

Companies refusing to pay for your ads is not blackmail.
  • early and often 25 Not-Fun Facts About Speaker Mike Johnson There’s not much to like unless you’re an election denier who blames most of America’s problems on abortion and homosexuality.
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black friday cyber monday 2023

52 Best Last-Minute Cyber Monday Beauty Deals to Shop

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25 days of reality

Reality TV Finally Crashed Into Reality

There is life before Scandoval, and there’s everything that followed.

SNL’s Opera Man Sings What We’re All Thinking About the End of Game of Thrones

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getting around

Huge Hunks of Concrete Are Key to the Mayor’s Plan for Safer Intersections

Not all approaches to “daylighting” are created equal.
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Grub Street

the grub street diet

Eli Rallo’s Grub Street Diet

“Cheese-board consumption — and creation — is a religious experience for me.”
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