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Caught! Meet Your Call Center Scammer

October 9, 2013
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Caught! Meet Your Call Center Scammer

Remember our Call Center Scammer friends, who call random households to try to prey on the weak and naive? Here's what they sound like.
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We Try Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate (So You Don’t Have To)

June 21, 2013
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We Try Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate (So You Don’t Have To)

Stevia invades your specialty-store chocolate. How do the chocolate bars measure up?
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shaken

August 23, 2013
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shaken

The martini was sloshy and cold and essentially perfect.
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A Love Letter to ‘Suicide Squad’ by John Ostrander

June 5, 2013
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A Love Letter to ‘Suicide Squad’ by John Ostrander

John Ostrander's classic run still holds up. It's not so much seeing Captain Boomerang taking down a super-speedster; it's the fact that Boomerang kicks him over a cliff afterward that partly encapsulates the soul of the series.
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The Empty Track

May 29, 2013
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The Empty Track

A poem.
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Great Stuff from F. Scott Fitzgerald Beyond ‘Gatsby’

May 10, 2013
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Great Stuff from F. Scott Fitzgerald Beyond ‘Gatsby’

A few items from F. Scott Fitzgerald you might consider checking out if you haven't.
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Denny’s ‘New and Improved’ Coffee

February 14, 2013
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Denny’s ‘New and Improved’ Coffee

Alternate titles to this entry include: "When cardboard is a flavor profile" and "Free coffee not nearly worth what I paid."
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Zero Dark Thirty: A Thrilling Return to Form for Bigelow

January 18, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty: A Thrilling Return to Form for Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow’s first feature film since her award-winning effort, "The Hurt Locker," returns to the Middle East-- but this time its focus is less the front lines and more the back rooms, the CIA operatives hunting for Osama bin Laden.
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…But We Keep It All Inside

December 14, 2012
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…But We Keep It All Inside

Early in U.S. History, synagogues were designed to look like other civic buildings. If you passed by a synagogue, you might think you were strolling past a bank. Maybe that has a similar root cause to why Jews tend to decorate the interior of their homes for the holidays; rarely the exterior.
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What Is Your Favorite Word and Why?

October 15, 2012
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What Is Your Favorite Word and Why?

An essay topic -- "'What is your favorite word and why?" -- made me angry. After all, it’s a trick question. There’s no right way to answer it.
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