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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 10.24.11

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There’s a story behind every old band T-shirt. What’s yours?

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Can’t drink your coffee fast enough? Now there’s an inhaler to administer caffeine.

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A forgotten pre-pop masterpiece: Andy Warhol illustrates “The Little Red Hen.” 

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“Why,” asks Slate, “are our cars painted such boring colors?”

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The perils of painting your toenails with your 3-year-old son.

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Never stop rewriting! So says Maxine Hong Kingston, who gave a reading from her new memoir covered in post-its annotating changes for the paperback edition.

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New Republican presidential campaign strategy: Trash talk even the good stuff that happened on your watch. Like this: “Romney attacks green jobs, ignoring the 64,000 created in his state.”

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Lilith remembers the Jewish women who swam their way to independence and freedom during Hitler’s reign.

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Has 2011 been the best-ever year for freedom of expression?

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The Art of the Sentence: Douglas Bauer breaks down Willa Cather’s “He was an ugly fellow, Ivy Peters, and he liked being ugly” over at Tin House.

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Two chefs, two cooking styles, and dinners that threatened to ruin a family.

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The president's secret NYC train station.

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Athletes and singers have coaches, but teachers and surgeons don’t. Should they? Atul Gawande investigates.

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What passes for jaw-dropping beauty these days? We’d say you need not look further than Iceland’s midnight sun.

 

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