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Dear Pepper: Co-Working-Space Conversation, Doing Long Distance, and Haircuts

The latest installment of Liana Finck‘s Dear Pepper advice column offers ideas on getting to know co-working-space co-workers, committing to a long-distance relationship, and getting clever with your hair style.

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‘Forever,‘ a Big-Hearted Satire Bolstered by the Brilliance of Maya Rudolph

Ian Crouch reviews the Amazon series ‘Forever,‘ starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, which examines the comforting and stultifying familiarity of marriage.

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Daily Cartoon: Thursday, September 20th

In Jason Chatfield and Scott Dooley‘s Daily Cartoon, a parent gets a little preoccupied arguing about Bert and Ernie.

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The San Francisco Bookstore Where the Revolution Ends up

Lucy Shiller writes about Bolerium Books, in San Francisco, which contains a vast inventory of books, pamphlets, and ephemera from social movements.

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Blaze Foley‘s Inevitable Sorrow and Spiritual Success

Amanda Petrusich writes about the music and life of Blaze Foley, the folksinger played by Ben Dickey in Ethan Hawke‘s new film, ‘Blaze.‘

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Merrick Garland Admits to Cheating at Scrabble Once

In a humor piece, Andy Borowitz imagines Merrick Garland, the former Supreme Court nominee, admitting to cheating at Scrabble one time.

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Review: Nell Stevens‘s ‘The Victorian and the Romantic,‘ a Love Letter to Mrs. Gaskell

Rebecca Mead recommends Nell Stevens‘s ‘The Victorian and the Romantic,‘ about the Victorian-era writer Elizabeth Gaskell.

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What Would a Serious Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh Look Like?

Jeannie Suk Gersen writes that Democrats and Republicans are arguing over how to handle a hearing that would consider testimony from Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh about an alleged sexual assault.

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How to Tell When It‘s Comedy

In a humor piece, Mia Mercado writes about how to tell when something is comedy.

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The Day the Economy (Almost) Died

Adam Davidson writes about the crash of 2008, arguing that, the gravest moment for the U.S. economy wasn‘t the loud crash of Lehman Brothers but a more obscure event: the near-freeze of the commercial-paper market.

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The Experimental High Notes of ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening‘

Richard Brody reviews ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening,‘ filmed by RaMell Ross in rural Alabama.

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Did Cafe Loup Just Close for Good?

Sadie Stein writes about the potential closure of the restaurant and bar Caf Loup, a mainstay in the New York City literary scene.

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After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside

Noam Cohen on Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and his decision to step aside following complaints of abusive behavior toward programmers, and particularly women, who work on the system.

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Can the Creator of Linux Stop Screaming? And Why It Matters

Noam Cohen on Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and his decision to step aside following complaints of abusive behavior toward programmers, and particularly women, who work on the system.

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Where Will We Go Without Caf Loup?

Sadie Stein writes about the potential closure of the restaurant and bar Caf Loup, a mainstay in the New York City literary scene.

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We Now Know More About the Apparent Poisoning of the Pussy Riot Member Pyotr Verzilov

Masha Gessen on the apparent poisoning of the Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov, who had been investigating the deaths of three journalists who were killed while reporting on a mercenary force linked to an associate of Vladimir Putin.

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The New Yorker Recommends: Azari‘s ‘Gotasoul,‘ a Song That Unites the Church and the Club

Carrie Battan recommends ‘Gotasoul,‘ the latest single from the electronic-dance-music artist Azari.

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Welcome to Woman World

Aminder Dhaliwal imagines a world in which men have gone extinct. Is it really that different from before?

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The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media

Mark O‘Connell reviews ‘Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,‘ by Jaron Lanier, and ‘New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future,‘ by James Bridle.

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Nick Flynn Reads Zo Hitzig

Nick Flynn joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Zo Hitzig‘s poem ‘Objectivity as Blanket‘ and his own poem ‘The King of Fire.‘

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‘Parent‘ as a Verb: Church

In the fifth installment of her parenting comic, Emily Flake illustrates the complexities of speaking to her daughter about faith.

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Don‘t Underestimate the Danger of Trump‘s Trade War with China

John Cassidy writes about the escalating trade war between the Donald Trump Administration and China, and its possible impact on the markets.

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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, September 19th

In Karl Stevens‘s Daily Cartoon, a yoga instructor has some election-related advice.

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My Fifth-Grade Game of MASH Came True, and Now I‘m Living in a Hell of My Own Creation

Grace Perry humorously imagines a miserable life resulting from the predictions in a grade-school game of MASH coming true.

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