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The Bloody History of the True Crime Genre

True Crime is having a renaissance with popular TV series and podcasts. But the history of the genre dates back much further.
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How Does the Language of Headlines Work? The Answer May Surprise You.

How headlines have changed as media has evolved -- and how they haven't.
Dorothy Parker

How Dorothy Parker Changed Lyric Love Poetry Forever

Today is Dorothy Parker's birthday, so you should probably have a martini or two in celebration. 
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Architecture as Nationalism in Accra, Ghana

Recent interest in Ghana’s thriving cultural production make the city’s distinctive historical architecture even more relevant.
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

Lydia Pyne

 Lydia Pyne's new book out this week, and related content you won’t find anywhere else.
V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul’s Defense of Civilization

As a public figure, V.S. Naipaul is often outrageous, but his 30+ books speak eloquently in defense of civilization. 
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500 Years of Hell With Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch died 500 years ago, but we can't take our eyes off of his paintings.
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

Colson Whitehead

Colton Whitehead's new novel The Underground Railroad, and how he researches his books.
Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi Olympics

Leni Riefenstahl was the Nazi regime’s most artistic propagandist. She is also remembered for Olympia, her documentary of the 1936 Olympics.
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The Linguistics of Other People’s Pants (and Other Dishonorific Epithets)

The linguistics behind "dishonorifics." In this kind of naming construction, clearly honorifics are added in an ironic, tongue-in-cheek way.