November/December 2018


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Read about a hotel made of ice, Reba McEntire, and the largest private manuscript library in the world. Plus writing from Joan Didion and Truman Capote, as well as cartoons, humor, and our classic Christmas cover illustrations.


Vitamin Hype
Post Perspective
By Nina Shapiro, M.D., with Kristin Loberg
Are you wasting your money on supplements?

Cold Comfort
By Todd Pitock
A night at Québec’s Hôtel de Glace, built entirely of ice

Share Your Wisdom
By Chip Conley
The secret to a meaningful life is passing on what you’ve learned

History at Your Fingertips
By Dennis Maurizi
From Beethoven toRockwell — inside the world’s largest (free) collection of original documents

Christmas Fire
By Ellen Michaud
On Christmas night, families gather to sing carols, light candles, and dream of miracles

The Big Rock Candy Figgy Pudding Pitfall
By Joan Didion
Making hard-candy topiaries couldn’t be that hard, right?


A Christmas Memory
By Truman Capote
The tale of an odd friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old


From the Editor: Too much of a good thing?

Letters: Cheers and jeers

the Argument: Feasting has its place in a balanced life

American Pop: What Mister Rogers taught me about life

Lighter Side: Nothing like a road trip to stir your soul

In My Life: Facing the demon of chronic anxiety

Post-Its: Christmas markets; 3 questions for Reba McEntire; top books and movies; more

Your Health: Free get-fit apps; dry needling for pain relief; weight loss tips; more

Healthy Eating: No-fuss holiday feast

Everyday Heroes: Meet the Earthwatch megastar helping scientists study the planet

Backstory: Fanny Farmer stirred a culinary revolution

the Vault: Gems from our archive — Mae West’s ageless sex appeal; Rockwell; more