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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

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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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The all-American tonic

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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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A case of termination

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