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Environmental cues — like the color, size and shape of the dinnerware, the music playing in the background and the lighting in the dining room — can alter how we experience food and drink. For example, research suggests that serving food on a red plate tends to reduce the amount diners eat. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

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From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

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Jamie Oliver, Up To His Elbows In Mashed Potatoes With 'Comfort Food'

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Unlike her sister, Vanessa Bell, seen here circa 1910, didn't keep a journal. "Her voice is largely unheard and I was really interested in that," Priya Parmar says. George C. Beresford/Getty Images hide caption

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Novel Gives Voice To Virginia Woolf's Overshadowed Sister

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Comedian Andrea Martin performs at New York's 54 Below in 2012. She published her memoir Lady Parts in September. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

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Earlier this year, protesters in Los Angeles called for recognition of, and reparations for, the 1915 Armenian genocide executed by Ottoman Turks. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Explores Armenian Genocide 'Obsession' And Turkish Denial

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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

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Twee is an almost paradoxical combination of the hypermaterialistic and artisanal and crafted, says Marc Spitz, author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film. Cienpies Design & Communication/iStockphoto hide caption

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Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping'

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Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli is the author of the novel Faces in the Crowd and the book of essays Sidewalks. She is currently working on the novel The Story of My Teeth. Alfredo Pelcastre/Coffee House Press hide caption

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Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

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Geoffrey Chaucer died in 1400 — but somehow, he's on Twitter now — and he's here to answer your holiday questions! The Art Archive/iStockphoto hide caption

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"Compassionate concern activates the same system you see in every mammal when a parent cares for the young" — Daniel Goleman Robert Leslie/TED hide caption

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Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

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