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January/February 2017

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Features

Charles Ponzi

The Art of the Con

By: Maria Konnikova

Online on: February 13, 2017

Human beings don’t like to exist in a state of uncertainty or ambiguity. When something doesn’t make sense, we want an explanation. The confidence artist is only too happy to help.

Washington Crossing the Deleware

Mort Künstler on Painting the American Adventure

By: Steven Slon

Mort Künstler, our nation’s foremost historical artist, discusses the influence of Norman Rockwell, the distinction between fine art and illustration, and what drives him to paint.  More

The Writing Cure

By: Mark Matousek

Online on: February 6, 2017

What is it about putting words on paper that heals us so dramatically?

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Eric Liddell’s Greatest Race

By: Duncan Hamilton

He’s best known as the hero of Chariots of Fire, but his true heroism was reflected decades later, halfway around the world, in a Japanese prison camp.  More

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Floating Toward Ecstasy: How One Man Overcame His Scuba Fears and Learned to Let Go

By: Todd Pitock

Online on: January 30, 2017

Learning to dive — and a whole lot more — in Mexico’s lush Yucatán peninsula.

Crack

By: Myles McDonough

A chance encounter between an Iraq War vet and an Iraqi immigrant awakens painful memories.  More

Departments

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The Argument: The Library Is Not Dead

By: Ian Collins

In a culture where an insane amount of information is carefully sorted, curated, and organized for easy consumption, the librarian is more vital than ever.  More

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Smartphone Deniers

By: Cable Neuhaus

Millions still resist the call of the smartphone. And it’s not just about the cost.  More

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Bad Wrap

By: Philip Gulley

People gripe about all the troubles in our country, but no one points out that it’s nearly impossible to open the things we buy.  More

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My Name is Jane

By: Jane Bernstein

Online on: February 20, 2017

I changed a despised birth name to this one, and when a computer snafu stuck the original back on me, it felt as if a ghost had risen.

Winter books
Top 10 Winter Reads

By: Amazon.com Editors

Every month, Amazon staffers sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose especially for Post readers this season.  More

Carol Burnett
3 Questions: Carol Burnett

By: Jeanne Wolf

Online on: February 23, 2017

Jeanne Wolf talks to Carol Burnett about her uniquely zany brand of comedy, rooted in pain.

Editor
Please Don’t Say That!

By: Bruce Bliven

Online on: March 3, 2017

In the following 1956 article from the Post, a discouraged copy editor correctly anticipates that common abuses of the English language would become normal and even acceptable in the future.

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5-Minute Fitness: The Breathing Technique That Will De-Stress You

By: Post Editors

Feeling stressed and anxious? This quick and portable breathing technique will relax you in minutes.  More

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Winter Soups Take Root

By: Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone, the Post’s new food columnist, bestselling author, and host of My Kitchen Rules, rises to the occasion as temperatures drop with savory, seasonal meals in a bowl.  More

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Backstory: How Bikes Built Our Highways

By: Margaret Guroff

Urban elites with a fancy hobby teamed up with rural farmers in a movement that transformed the country.  More

Alfred Hitchcock
Vault: Alfred Hitchcock’s Catty Cockney Quotes

By: Post Editors

Online on: January 26, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock did not hesitate to spew a constant stream of delightful Cockney-accented vituperation. Following, listed by subject, are some examples of Hitchcockian curmudgeonry.

Vintage Advertising: How Much Do You Know About Cracker Jack?

By: Post Editors

Online on: January 31, 2017

Who doesn’t love Cracker Jack? We share brief history of the popular snack.

The Gossips
Psst! Wanna Hear a Secret?

By: Jeff Nilsson

Have you heard the story behind Norman Rockwell’s illustration, The Gossips? Rumor has it that after it appeared on the cover of The Post, his neighbor never talked to him again.  More