November/December 2016 Cover

November/December 2016

Put your world in perspective! The Saturday Evening Post offers its readers a thoroughly American take on vital issues of the day.

Included is the best of unbiased investigative reporting, helpful articles on money, food, and health, plus gems from our extensive archive, and the best of contemporary fiction.

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On the cover: Paul Bransom’s Flock of Geese in Formation was first published November 15, 1924.

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Features

Krazy Kat getting hit in the head by a brick

The Funny Papers

By: Ed Dwyer

Newspapers may be in trouble, but the comic strip is alive and well — and flourishing online. ... More

Barbra Streisand

‘Hello, Gorgeous’: How Barbra Streisand Redefined Beauty, Femininity, and Power

By: Neal Gabler

“Today you cannot imagine what it was like when Streisand burst on the scene in the 1960s. There was nothing like her. … Barbra Streisand broke the mold, she revolutionized gender roles.” ... More

Barbra Streisand

A Star is Born

By: Post Editors

In July 1963, the Post interviewed the 21-year-old singing sensation who that month landed the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical Funny Girl. ... More

Post Cards

Golden Age of Postcards

By: Daniel Gifford

Online on: December 19, 2016

100 years before we posted our first Christmas photos on Facebook, we mailed images of our idealized lives to the people we loved.

Joseph Csatari and Norman Rockwell in Rockwell's art studio

The Illustrator’s Apprentice

By: Jeff Csatari

As a young artist, Joseph Csatari was in awe of Norman Rockwell, at first copying him and later working for him before taking off to establish his own bona fides in American illustration. ... More

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Apple Pie, Solo

By: Mel Miskimen

My mother always made a perfect pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Now that she was gone, how would I possibly manage? ... More

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The Beggar on Dublin Bridge

By: Ray Bradbury

“A fool,” I said. “That’s what I am.” “Why?” asked my wife. “What for?” I brooded by our third-floor hotel window. On the Dublin street below a man passed, his face to the lamplight. “Him,” I muttered. “Two days ago —” Two days ago as I was walking along, someone had “hissed” me from the […] ... More

Departments

The Argument

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Let’s Make Football a College Major

By: David V. Johnson

Online on: December 27, 2016

Players spend more than 40 hours per week on the game. Isn’t it time we give them due credit?

American Pop

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The Pickup Truck Mystique

By: Cable Neuhaus

Most drivers don’t need them. So why are pickups so wildly popular? ... More

Lighter Side

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Let’s Have a Post-Christmas Vent Day

By: Philip Gulley

Online on: December 20, 2016

I’m all for nice, but nice is a lot of work — and by the 26th, I’m exhausted by benevolence and eager to be done with it.

My Word

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Her Own Private Angel

By: Kerry Egan

Most people, over the course of a lifetime, will experience things that challenge the scientific sense of what is real or possible ... More

Books

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Top Holiday Reads 2016

By: Wade Joseph Habshey

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

3 Questions

Author Neal Gabler
The Magic of Barbra Streisand: Interview with Neal Gabler

By: Jeanne Wolf

Jeanne Wolf spoke to biographer Neal Gabler about the singer’s extraordinary appeal. ... More

Contrarian View

A grumpy older woman
Don’t Patronize Me!

By: Karen Westerberg Reyes

Online on: December 13, 2016

“This way, girls,” said the restaurant hostess as she led my friend Barbara and me to a table. “And how are you two young ladies doing today?” she asked with a condescending smile and a voice you’d use to speak to a kitten or an infant. “We two ‘young ladies,’” I snapped back, “are old […]

Backstory

The first Thanksgiving
The Invention of Thanksgiving

By: Susan Evans

Yes, there was a communal meal, but the Pilgrims’ table looked nothing like the holiday dinner we serve today. ... More

Your Health

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5-Minute Fitness: Tone Your Triceps

By: Wendy Braun

Strengthen the large muscle at the back of the upper arm that’s involved in every pushing motion you can think of in minutes a day. ... More

The Vault

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Vintage Advertising: Selling Luxury

By: Jeff Nilsson

Beginning in the late 1920s, the Packard Motor Company ran a series of colorful ads in the Post that displayed not only the car but the glamorous life associated with it. ... More

Rockwell Files

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Crowd-sourced: Norman Rockwell’s Christmas at Chicago Union Station

By: Jeff Nilsson

Online on: December 19, 2016

In this December 1944 cover, Rockwell blends the chaos of Christmas shopping with the joy of families greeting returning WWII servicemen. Look closely and you’ll see Rockwell himself in the picture.