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H. L. Mencken Loved to Cover Political Conventions but Had Little Faith in Voters

Mencken was the poet laureate of political conventions.

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Who Said, “Compression Is the First Grace of Style”? Democritus or Demetrius?

An erroneous citation that lived on for decades in the text of a well-known poem.

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How Americans View Muslims—And What They Don’t See

Muslim Americans have more in common with their fellow citizens than the general public might expect.

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In the Edgy Culture of Brazil, the American Poet Elizabeth Bishop Felt Quite at Home.

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Six Degrees of Voltaire: How Computer Code Developed to Study the Enlightenment Is Connected to the Panama Papers

A tool developed to explore the epistolary connections of Enlightenment intellectuals is being used to put twenty-first-century "power players" in hot water.

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How to Visit a Museum

Wearing the right shoes and other tips for getting the most from our palaces of culture

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E. B. White’s Song of Summer

His famous essay takes us to Maine.

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NEH’s Founding Legislation in Lead Type

Human/Ties conference offered an opportunity to get your hands dirty.

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Academic Prose: Human/Ties Conference Looks at Gap Between the Academy and Popular Culture

Writers, editors, and thinkers discuss what makes good writing.

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John O’Hara Wrote about the Things Rich People Do. Why Isn’t He Still Famous?

Library of America releases a volume of O'Hara's acclaimed short stories.