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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 09.20.11

typewriterSo you want to be a writer. Well, start reading.

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God may or may not be dead, but churches have become collectible.

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Farewell, free will?

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Wow. Some gorgeous photos from Iceland.

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Sebastian Junger tells The Guardian why he’s getting out of war reporting.

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This year’s literary genius grant winners have been announced.

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A Muslim woman describes wearing a hijab—and how she felt going bareheaded in public for the first time at age 28.

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September 22 is the Day of the Girl. Some things you can do: Tell Facebook to take down “rape joke” pages, change the channel on sexist entertainment, and write a letter to the editor when you see negative portrayals of girls in magazines.

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A new take on the drinking fountain combines beauty and interaction. “As you approach it, it gently bows down to pour water into your glass.” Cool video…

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The Table Project (kind of like Facebook for Christians) draws more than 1,600 churches from around the country and of every denomination.

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Civilization is beautiful. Watch this time-lapse video taken by the International Space Station one night as it orbited around the earth.

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What does India’s lush Kaziranga National Park have that the rest of the country’s decimated reserves do not? Plenty of tigers, for starters. (The world’s highest ­density.) Fleets of endangered one-horned rhinos. (More than two-thirds of the remaining population.) And, since last year, a take-no-prisoners antipoaching policy that allows rangers to shoot on sight. Welcome to the future of conservation.

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Germany takes the hands-off approach: Driverless cars hit the streets of Berlin . . . and were completely functional.

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If President Obama had an LGBT Advisor, what would their job be like?

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