The Salt
12:33 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Sandwich Monday: The Candwich

And for the Holidays, try Thanksgiving In A Bucket.

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 1:51 pm

Welcome Salt readers! We're Sandwich Monday, a regular feature from the staff of "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me," and we're moving in here to provide an antidote to the informative and insightful posts to which you're accustomed.

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Monkey See
11:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

You've Got To Have Friends: How Curated Families Shook Up TV Comedy

From Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox. But you knew that.

This week at Monkey See, we're looking at friendship in pop culture. We begin with a consideration of how half-hour comedies shifted away from being almost exclusively family- or work-focused.

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You Must Read This
6:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

A Historical Account Of Revolution In Present Tense

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:10 am

H.W. Brands is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace.

Every year, I have my graduate students read the great works of history, from classical times to the present. They gamely tackle Tacitus, ponder Plutarch, plow through Gibbon. Then they get to Thomas Carlyle and feel like Dorothy when she touched down in Technicolor Oz.

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New In Paperback
6:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

New In Paperback Oct. 15-21

Faber & Faber

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Aatish Taseer, Naomi Benaron, Glenn L. Carle, Jonathan Lethem and David Bellos.

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2:28 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Some Book! 'Charlotte's Web' Turns 60

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:20 am

Sixty years ago, the book Charlotte's Web first appeared in print. This children's classic is often seen as a story of a spider and a pig. But when E.B. White recorded a narration of the book, he said something different: "This is a story of the barn. I wrote it for children, and to amuse myself."

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