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Book review: Monsters of River and Rock: My Life as Iron Maiden’s Compulsive Angler, by Adrian Smith
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If you are like me—and based on how search algorithms work, you probably are a little bit like me—you may not know Iron Maiden from Megadeath. Let's just assume that 80s metal is an amorphous blob or guitar noises, bright lights, and smoke machines in your brain. You

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Book review: Luster, a Novel, by Raven Leilani
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Certain books make you uncomfortable from page 1. Luster by Raven Leilani is one such book and, by way of proof, here are some gems from that first page: "The first time we have sex, we are both fully clothed, at our desks during working hours, bathed in blue computer

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The Robots Are Coming: Grappling with Our AI Future
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A superintelligent computer seizing control of the world's nuclear arsenal. Robots for every human need, from housecleaning to filing your taxes. A dystopian future in which social scores determine who you marry, what job you get, and where you live. These may sound like plots for this year's top science

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift-Giving Guide: Books for Everyone on Your List
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Books are one of the best gifts to give and one of the best to receive

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Six Books to Help You Quit Your Job: What To Read Before You Quit
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For three and a half years, I worked for a boss who had zero experience in the department he managed. He was the "good old boy" type who got ahead by being a white male who kissed his boss's ass (and, likely, other parts). He had no interview

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Book Review: Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas
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Ah, the coming of age adventure memoir - one of my favorite genres. Ken Illgunas's book Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom shares plot points with others in the genre: boy becomes disillusioned with modern American society and disdains the 9 to 5 cubicle grind.

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Book Review: The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
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Bananas, it turns out, don't grow on trees, but instead are large herbs and are best classified as berries. The plant, which is actually a tall grass, can grow - from a cutting and not a seed - twenty inches in twenty-four hours. The banana we eat in the United

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Book Review: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
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Ernest Hemingway wrote and rewrote A Moveable Feast, the memoir of his impoverished years as a young writer in Paris, but was never satisfied. He could not decide on a title, or an ending, or which chapters to include or reject. In the end, he did not decide any of

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