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A sestina for free culture by William Carleton, who writes that “the form itself, where the same six words are repeated in each
stanza, lends itself to the subject of copying and transformative use.”

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Gadgets: 3-in-1 multi-cooker, magician's card press, iPhone 6 Plus

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Listen to Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about what’s cooking with their favorite gadgets in and out of the kitchen.

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The Seed Lives Forever

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A short story by Ivan Hernandez concerning a sticky corpse and a feminist private investigator.

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Punktober, not Pinktober

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A sickly-sweet, brand-policed, trivializing ad campaign cannot communicate the awful reality of breast cancer experienced by sufferers and their families. Naomi Horn on why she doesn’t go pink.

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New book of Star Wars costumes

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A new coffee table book features detailed histories and information on costumes for both major and minor characters, from Darth Vader to Tusken Raiders. By Mark Frauenfelder

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Ernest Hemingway's New Typewriter

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Ernest Hemingway gets a special new typewriter… with apps.

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Why Are Witches Green?

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Before The Wizard of Oz, witches were usually red or orange. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie explains why.

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Obamacare: what it is, what it’s not

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It’s no surprise that we haven’t seen a conservative alternative to Obamacare; Obamacare was the conservative alternative. Written by Michael Goodwin of Economix Comix. Illustrations by Dan E. Burr. Lettered by Debra Freiberg.

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Political mailer includes opponent's SSN and driver’s license number

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Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. By Adam Levin.

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Krs-One was a Teenage Drug Courier

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A Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

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Why we love man versus nature struggles

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Have you ever wanted to be alone in the woods, drinking your own urine to survive? Probably not, that’d be weird. But you’ve wondered if you could do it, right? An exclusive essay by the author of the new science fiction novel, The Martian, out in paperback today

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The Peripheral: William Gibson vs William Gibson

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In The Peripheral, William Gibson’s first futuristic novel since 1999’s All Tomorrow’s Parties, we experience the fantastic synthesis of a 20th century writer — the Gibson of Neuromancer, eyeball-kicks of flash and noir; and the Gibson of Pattern Recognition, arch and sly and dry and keen. Cory Doctorow reviews.

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Our Magic: Documentary about magic, by magicians

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Our Magic is a feature documentary that pays homage to an ancient and mostly underground performing art, piercing through the thick layer of commonly held stereotypes. By Ferdinando Buscema

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Naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island

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Ed Stafford survived alone, naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island. The hard part was when he returned home. Interview by Mark Frauenfelder

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Exceedingly eerie preserved corpses of the Palermo Catacombs

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Extraordinary photos Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, home to the largest collection of spontaneous and artificial mummies in the world. By Ivan Cenzi

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