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September/October 2017

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Features

Soldiers on the march in Vietnam

Ken Burns on Vietnam

By: Jeanne Wolf

In his most ambitious project to date, the filmmaker turns his attention to the conflict that nearly tore this country apart.  More

What Makes Me Laugh: An Interview with David Sedaris

By: Patrick Perry

Online on: September 28, 2017

We talk to humorist David Sedaris about trends in American humor, offending people, and skinny jeans.

James Thurber

Humorists on Humor: Cracking the Code on What Cracks Us Up

By: Rich Warren

What makes America’s top humorists laugh? We talk to Thurber Prize winners about the art of being funny today.  More

Man holding a drawing of a smile in front of his face

Dentists Without Borders

By: David Sedaris

Dave Sedaris shares a unique encounter with socialized medicine.

Spiral

Look Into My Eyes

By: Erik Vance

Online on: October 25, 2017

The fantastical history, mysterious healing power, and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis.

The Bleak and Beautiful Galápagos

By: Steven Slon

To visit these unspoiled islands is to be transported back through the eons.  More

Chair on a beach

The King of Dauphin Island

By: Michael Knight

Online on: October 6, 2017

Marcus was wealthy, but could any amount of money restore what had been lost?

Departments

The Argument

Joe Pesci and Marissa Tormei
In Defense of Lawyers

By: Lewis Tessler

Online on: September 26, 2017

The widely held belief that lawyers are untrustworthy and unprincipled is dead wrong.

American Pop

Encyclopedias
The Death of the Encyclopedia

By: Cable Neuhaus

Once upon a time, if your family had class, or aspirations of class, you probably owned a set of encyclopedias. Then, in an instant, everything changed.  More

My Word

Mother and Duaghters in the woods
Coping with Estranged Adult Children

By: Karen Westerberg Reyes

Online on: October 24, 2017

At what point do our adult children cease to be the adoring babies we once knew?

Post-Its

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling
Movies: What to Watch This Fall

By: Bill Newcott

Online on: September 22, 2017

Noted film critic Bill Newcott reviews movies that appeal to more than just 14-year-olds.

Post-Its

Pumpkin
Top 10 Fall 2017 Reads

By: Amazon.com Editors

Online on: October 26, 2017

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:

Tech

Man holding a smart phone over a floor of autumn leaves
4 Apps for Leaf Lovers

By: Molly Steckler

Online on: September 27, 2017

These free apps will help you enjoy fall foliage near and far.

Post-Its

Colored, lettered blocks
Logophile Language Puzzlers: Idioms, Animals, and Capitals

By: Andy Hollandbeck

Online on: October 11, 2017

Test your knowledge of idioms, animals, and state capitals with this quiz from the Logophile.

Interview

William Shatner (Shutterstock)
William Shatner on Sci-Fi, Aging, and the Environment

By: Jeanne Wolf

In Jeanne Wolf’s interview with William Shatner, she finds an 86-year-old, fueled by his passions and a vivid imagination, who works every day to create, to raise horses, and to protect the future.  More

Post-Its

Bo Derek
Celebrity Encounters: Lunch with Bo Derek

By: Matty Simmons

Online on: October 18, 2017

Matty Simmons recalls lunch with Bo Derek. The noisy cafeteria got so quiet when she walked in, "It was like church."

Post-Its

Tablet with a survey displayed on the screen
Contrariwise*: (I Don’t Want No) Satisfaction Survey

By: Ed Dwyer

Our favorite curmudgeons take aim at sacred cows.  More

Post-Its

IMage
An Inn-to-Inn Leaf-Peeping Driving Tour of Coastal Maine

By: Stephanie Citron

Online on: September 20, 2017

From Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor, see nature’s fireworks during the day and relax in luxury inns at night.

Food

Lettuce
Curtis Stone’s Apple Salad and Beet Dip

By: Curtis Stone

Fall recipes from Curtis Stone  More

Backstory

The Landlord's Game
Who Really Invented Monopoly?

By: Mary Pilon

The beloved board game was not intended as a celebration of wealth but as a cautionary lesson about corporate greed.  More

The Vault

Gems from our Archive

From the Archives

Donna Reed
Donna Reed: Fire and Ice

By: Post Editors

In this 1964 interview, film and TV star Donna Reed sounds off on shallow Hollywood, vain actors, and how what kind of bra she wears is nobody’s business.  More

Post-Its

Vintage Ads: The New Frigidaire

By: Post Editors

The fridge entered the kitchen 100 years ago, when most Americans still had iceboxes. These vintage Frigidaire ads capture the allure of these stylish new appliances.  More

From the Archives

Soldier in camo
The Invention of Camoflage 100 Years Ago

By: Post Editors

Online on: September 29, 2017

Armies lost the ability to conceal themselves when the airplane appeared above the battlefields of World War I Europe, so soldiers came up with a defense against aerial snooping, and introduced a new word to the English language.

From the Archives

Image
The Rockwell Files: Sweet Memories

By: Jeff Nilsson

Norman Rockwell perfectly captures that mood of bittersweet reminiscence.  More

From the Archives

Banner image
Freeze Frame: Autumn’s Bounty

By: Post Editors

Online on: October 12, 2017

The reward for 10 days’ work: 1,250 bushels of juicy Northern Spys.