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The easy chair — From the November 1978 issue

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Field notes on the manners, morals, and customs of the Connecticut Yankee,” January 1969

The easy chair — From the November 1978 issue

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Prospectus for a really relevant university,” September 1969

American miscellany — From the July 1978 issue

Barbed wire

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. . . and the art of stringing it

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Spaces for the weary and glad

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America’s unseen revolution

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Failure in Britain

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A prediction

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The easy chair — From the December 1974 issue

The Christmas honors list

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The easy chair — From the October 1974 issue

Watergate chaser

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The all-American tonic

The easy chair — From the August 1974 issue

Vital signs

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Salvaging a city

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The easy chair — From the December 1973 issue

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The Harper’s game — From the October 1973 issue

The advertising game

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The easy chair — From the September 1973 issue

How to save some of your tax money

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The easy chair — From the May 1973 issue

A threat of death by mail

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The easy chair — From the February 1973 issue

Letter from Leete’s Island

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A case of termination

The easy chair — From the December 1972 issue

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