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Author Interviews

Fear Of Fainting, Flight And Cheese: One Man's 'Age Of Anxiety'

Since about age 2, Atlantic editor Scott Stossel has been "a twitchy bundle of phobias, fears and neuroses." Today, his phobias include asthenophobia, a fear of fainting; aerophobia, a fear of flying; and turophobia, a fear of cheese. He wrote his latest book to help understand and find relief from his anxious suffering.

Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary is in deep mourning as Downton Abbey returns for a fourth season on PBS. Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited hide caption

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'Downton' Returns, And It's As Rich As Ever

Downton Abbey is the most popular drama in the history of public television. And when the whole of the TV universe is fragmenting, that isn't just impressive — it's almost impossible. Critic David Bianculli ponders the hit show's unlikely success.


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Alder branches form a bridge in a Dumfriesshire, Scotland, stream. (Jan. 17, 2014) Andy Goldsworthy/ Abrams hide caption

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Fiston Mwanza Mujila hide caption

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Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids, won the National Book Award in 2010. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says her just-published new memoir, M Train, is a worthy — though altogether different — successor. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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