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Mark Twain, “Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims”
Edith Wharton, “Expiation”
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Gary K. Wolfe: Reinvention and revolution in 1960s science fiction
Joan Didion, “Quiet Days in Malibu”
Andrew Blauner: The humanity, humility, and humor of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts
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