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With the deaths of Christopher Hitchens and Kim Jong Il, as well as the release of our January 2012 issue and David Brooks’s selection of Alan Lightman’s “The Accidental Universe” as one of the top magazine essays of the year, Harpers.org has been busier than usual this week. We’ve collected everything below for those who may have missed something engaging:
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”