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November/December 2017

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Features

Steve Goodwin

Saving His Music: A Story of Memory and Meaning

By: Tom Hallman, Jr.

When a pianist’s memory began to fade, it would take another musician to bring his songs to life again.  More

I Was a Target of the KGB

By: Douglas P. Zipes, M.D.

At a 1982 medical conference in Moscow, a prominent cardiologist secretly met with blacklisted scientists and found himself a target of the KGB.  More

Snow-covered statue

Cemetery Christmas

By: Linda McCullough Moore

Online on: December 15, 2017

I come this close to giving the cemetery a miss. But at the last minute I cut the wheel, turn in, skidding as I brake. It’s all right. This should be a little dangerous. The icy wind is blowing gale force. The last, fast, winter remnant of dreary light has left the sky, leaving the […]

Departments

The Argument

Paper shredder
How to Fix the Tax Mess

By: T.R. Reid

As conservatives and liberals — and President Trump — squabble and throw mud at each other, a prominent economist shows how a realistic, nonpolitical housecleaning of our tax code would do wonders for the national economy.  More

American Pop

Woman writing in journal
The Multi-media Journal

By: Cable Neuhaus

Online on: December 5, 2017

Diaries are so yesterday. Meet the modern journal: part day planner, part sketchbook, part notebook, part scrapbook, part file cabinet.

Lighter Side

Candle
Christmas Without Mom

By: Philip Gulley

Online on: December 21, 2017

How on earth are we going to manage the hundreds of little things she took care of so effortlessly in the holiday season?

My Word

Grandmothers
Weaving a New Life in America

By: Kathleen Garrett

The art of crocheting was her passport from Sicily to upstate New York.  More

Post-Its

Still from The Orient Express Movie
The Best Movies to Watch This Fall

By: Bill Newcott

Noted film critic Bill Newcott, creator of AARP’s “Movies for Grownups,” offers his picks.  More

New Books

Reading next to a Christmas tree
Best Books for the Holiday Season

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

Fun with Food

Chocolate
Dad’s Favorite Caramel Pecan Clusters

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 14, 2017

Perfect for the holiday hustle and bustle, these crowd-pleasing candies are easy to make and can be prepared well in advance, says Amanda Perry of Indianapolis-based Mandi’s Candies. Makes about 12. 1 pound pecan halves 1 pound prepared firm caramel (if in wrappers, remove) 1 pound milk or dark chocolate confectionary coating Preheat oven to […]

Tech

Woman cooking in kitchen; using a tablet PC
Apps for Better Baking

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 7, 2017

Party Cupcake Recipes 1000+ (free, iOS only). Make and decorate sweet treats for every occasion. Bread Baking Basics ($1.99, iOS only). Channel your inner bread baker with easy-to-follow techniques and recipes. Mary Berry: In Mary We Trust ($1.99–$2.99). No judgment, just delicious bakes from Mary Berry of the popular Great British Bake Off TV series. […]

The Logophile

Book
Logophile Language Puzzlers: Boats, Blood, and Numbers

By: Andy Hollandbeck

Build your lexical power with the Logophile Language Puzzler from the November/December issue of The Saturday Evening Post.  More

Interview

Hans Zimmer playing a guitar
An Interview with Hans Zimmer, Hollywood’s Hottest Composer

By: Jeanne Wolf

Post West Coast Editor Jeanne Wolfe interviews Hans Zimmer, award-winning film composer (The Lion King, Gladiator, Dunkirk, and others) turning his soundtracks into rock stardom.  More

Contrariwise

Beer
Contrariwise*: Why Does Craft Beer Taste So Awful?

By: Corey Levitan

I’m really struggling with this craft beer thing. I love the idea, don’t get me wrong. You never find the best furniture, musical instruments, or wine at the end of a mass production line. And I’m all about the taking-on-Goliath thing. (David is literally my middle name!) But why does craft beer have to taste […]  More

Healthy Eating

Salad
Curtis Stone’s Roast Pork Loin and Endive Salad with Stilton and Roasted Walnuts

By: Curtis Stone

Carve out a new holiday tradition with help from the celebrity chef and author  More

Tech

Top Tech Gifts for 2017

By: Jeff Bertolucci

Online on: November 27, 2017

These cool tools will delight even your nerdiest family members.

Backstory

Holiday shopping store window
Christmas at Marshall Field’s

By: Leslie Goddard

Online on: December 19, 2017

Recalling the beloved holiday spectacle at Marshall Field’s

The Vault

Gems from our Archive

We Said It First

Should Christmas Be Secular?

By: Post Editors

Online on: November 30, 2017

Post editors argued that we were taking the holiday way too seriously 50 years ago

Vintage Ads

Ad
Vintage Ads: Lionel Trains

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 6, 2017

For years, Lionel’s Christmas-season advertising offered some variation on the idea that boys never lose their fascination with model trains, even when they grow up. As early as 1927, a Christmas-season ad in the Post promoted the idea with the headline, “The Father and Son Railroad” (“Real enough for a man to enjoy — simple […]

Money Talks

Man offering an employee with a stack of cash
What Would You Do for a Million Dollars?

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 26, 2017

A Roper study from 1967 suggested some Americans would go to extremes for such a large sum

100 Years Ago

Image
The Vault: Anniversary of a Revolution

By: Post Editors

In 1917, the Post had correspondents in Moscow and St. Petersburg. At first, Americans hoped the Russian Revolution would bring democracy and stability to the nation, but they soon saw their hopes dim for the nation and its people.  More

Predictions

Airplane in flight
Predictions: My Other Car Is an Airplane

By: Post Editors

In 1942, Detroit automakers looked into the future and saw millions of high fliers.

The Rockwell Files

Norman Rockwell painting his self-portrait
Rockwell Finally Appears as Himself in Triple Self-Portrait

By: Jeff Nilsson

Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait appeared in the February 13, 1960 Post issue with whimsy and subtext galore.  More

Freeze Frame

Christmas dinner
Ho-Ho-Haute Cuisine

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 20, 2017

The cheerful diners you see here are celebrating Christmastide in the Teutonic way — with heroic feats of Epicureanism. The scene is not Germany, however, but 14th Street in New York City, a cosmopolis where one may be served meals in the native style of almost any country on Earth. This particular eating place was […]