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From the Magazine — March 9, 2013, 11:00 am

Soda-Water: What it is, and how it is made (August 1872)

When soda was a wonder, not a basic human right
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From the Magazine — January 4, 2013, 1:19 pm

Mining the Soviet Experience in Afghanistan

The Soviet Union assesses its Afghan campaign (March 2009)

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From the Magazine — January 2, 2013, 10:05 am

The Class Politics of Vaccination

“Debates over vaccination, then as now, were often cast as debates over the integrity of science, though they could just as easily be understood as conversations about power.”

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From the Magazine — December 23, 2012, 10:05 am

Charles Dickens’s Mock Book Titles

From an 1851 “list of imitation book-backs” sent by Charles Dickens to a London bookbinder.

From the Magazine — December 18, 2012, 5:46 pm

The Settlers of Catan’s Greenhouse Rules

“For every five oils used, an environmental disaster results.”

Settlers of Catan oil token

From the Magazine — December 7, 2012, 11:00 am

An Excerpt From “Hallelujah”

An economic companion to the Messiah

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From the Magazine — December 3, 2012, 7:05 pm

William Styron on the Literary Appreciations of Farmers’ Daughters, 1972

“These rich farm bastards . . . support fat institutions of learning like the University of Iowa, which should be able to pay a decent fee for writers to come and titillate the same farmers’ daughters . . .”

Farmers' Daughters

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