Dustin Renwick took on the McArdle family recipe for pumpkin pie, but substituted brown sugar for granulated. He made the crust from scratch, using a favorite cookbook.

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” … a slab of muscle with Olympic speed.”

November 11, 2022

Tommy Tomlinson on Herschel Walker in his football prime

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“…Baldwin when you’re stuck. …Coltrane when you’re not.”

October 19, 2022

President Barack Obama's advice to speechwriter Cody Keenan

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“… the Jenga tower simply will not collapse.”

June 30, 2022

From the dissenting opinion to the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Dobbs v. Jackson

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“… anything can happen in a war.”

March 16, 2022

From the 1961 movie "The Guns of Navarone"

If this seems dated (it’s inspired by a Christmas movie, after all), consider this: The best of stories are, or should be, universal and timeless. And thus a breath-catching moment early in the recent season’s Netflix movie, “A Boy Called Christmas.”  I’ve tucked it in my… Read More

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“… sequestered neighborhoods and old hates that die hard or leave a residue …”

December 17, 2021

The character Tookie, in Louise Erdrich's novel "The Sentence"

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“That’s what writing is, after all the nonsense…”

November 4, 2021

Ocean Vuong in his novel, "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

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“His name was Zaki Anwari …”

August 25, 2021

When a passive verb makes the story

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“…no one feels the entry wound …”

August 4, 2021

A review of TV series becomes a study in metaphor

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“… and the cold came biting …”

July 15, 2021

Peter Geye in his novel "The Lighthouse Road"

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“I spent my career writing hard news. That’s me.”

June 8, 2021

John N. Maclean in an interview about his memoiristic new book "Home Waters"