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Like many, I was shocked to learn of novelist Philip Roth’s death. Just a few months ago he was writing to me, making all sorts of snarky comments on the Dictionary of Literary Biography entry I had...

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In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former Confederates and helped spread it across the entire country. The holiday was Memorial Day, and...

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Priests are Catholicism’s greatest figures: shepherds who manage believers’ relationship with the divine. But, as Pope Francis recently acknolwedged, their numbers are dwindling. In fact, the number...

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The advice to use your head, not your heart, might not be helpful after all. We all make tough decisions, but choices relating to money send many of us running in the other direction. Unfortunately, ample...

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New Jersey has a new visitor, and it’s not welcome. No one is quite sure how the longhorned tick Haemaphysalis longicornis, an invasive bug originally from East Asia arrived in New Jersey and where,...

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President Donald Trump tweeted this week that he would order the Department of Justice to investigate whether the FBI, under President Barack Obama, had “infiltrated or surveilled” his presidential...

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The American love affair with wine dates back to the earlier European settlers in the 16th century, when they began making wine with a native grape known as muscadine. Today every state produces wine,...

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George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera acknowledged this month that his school gave the Charles Koch Foundation “some influence” over hiring and evaluating faculty as it accepted millions...

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Seventy-five years ago, Norman Rockwell’s painting of Rosie the Riveter appeared on the cover of a May 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Many might have been already aware of the fictional Rosie...

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Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before...