In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'
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Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World
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Eventually, Big Thunder gives Little Thunder a name of his own: Lightning. Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'
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On The Ever-Present Trauma Of Rape: 'You Are Not Alone. Don't Give Up'
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Teaching The Intangibles: How To Ingrain 'Grit' In Students
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Joe Hill On 'Fireman,' Family And ... Fart Cookies?
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Classical music fans are familiar with Robert Schumann. But they might not know that his his wife, Clara, was an accomplished composer, too. Franz Hanfstaengl/Getty Images hide caption

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'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music
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Sebastian Junger's Examines Veteran Life After Leaving 'Tribe'
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One of musician-turned-chef Philip Gelb's culinary creations for his Sound & Savor series of dinners and concerts. It's a mezze plate of falafel, roasted garlic hummus, beet nut pate, pepper pecan sauce and socca, a thin pancake made of chickpea flour. Hannah Kaminsky hide caption

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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam
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Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?
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The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny
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'Valiant Ambition' Tells Of Benedict Arnold's Turn From Hero To Traitor
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"King of Sting" Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at the Southwestern Biological Institute. A "connoisseur of pain," he has ranked 83 different insect stings on a pain index based on his own experience. Courtesy of Justin Schmidt hide caption

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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!
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Physicist Talks 'Great Leaps' Of Physical World In 'Seven Brief Lessons On Physics'
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North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The ADA-compliant bathroom signs were designed by artist Peregrine Honig. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights
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For Pulitzer Prize-Winner Gregory Pardlo, Poetry Offers 'Intimacy' Between Strangers
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Thomas Thwaites says his exoskeleton was meant to help him feel like a goat, as opposed to helping him look like one. Tim Bowditch/Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press hide caption

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When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One
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Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'
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In Daniel Clowes' Patience, a man turns to time travel after his true love is murdered. Daniel Clowes/Courtesy of Fantagraphics hide caption

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Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth
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