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  • The NP99: The best books of the year, vol. 2 (74-50)

    The NP99: The best books of the year, vol. 2 (74-50)

    Volume Two featuring No. 74, Mimi Pond's The Customer is Always Wrong to No. 50, Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
  • The important lessons: From Stephen Colbert to Beethoven, bugs are well-branded

    The important lessons: From Stephen Colbert to Beethoven, bugs are well-branded

    Swimming in so big a pond, it’s hard to blame scientists who’ve taken a liberal approach to branding the things
  • Novel a sympathetic portrait of Wallis Simpson

    Novel a sympathetic portrait of Wallis Simpson

    The mere mention of Wallis Simpson, whom Edward VIII gave up his throne in 1936 to marry, provokes extreme reactions. Americans, most recently Madonna in her soppy film W.E., tend to depict Wallis, later the Duchess of Windsor, as a romantic heroine. The view across the pond is less kind. The Wallis of the British-made The King’s Speech is a spiteful villainess of Disney-esque proportions: selfish, ambitious and catty about the nice Duke of York’s stutter. The Brits have even claimed she was both a Nazi collaborator and an intersex (talk about multi-tasking!).

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