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Miscellany

Birthday-shopping for a child you hate? The Department of Homeland Security has you covered.

“Institutions like the Ivies,” writes B.D. McClay, “are not meant to make or house Kants or Wittgensteins, let alone Platos, anymore than the Iowa Writers’ Workshop aims to make Tolstoys. They are meant to make survivors—of the careerist type.”

The world keeps getting more interesting.

Speaking of interesting, if you’ve ever wondered how a mechanical watch works, well…wonder no more. (And speaking of watches, check this out.)

Jimmy Carter’s grandson is “unlocking the mysteries” of the White House’s “weirdly hip record collection.” I mean, how can you not read on?



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