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Aug 11
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The Road to Dollywood

Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home is a small, rough-hewn cabin tucked away in the middle of Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s eponymous theme park at the edge of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. Its very name conveys the all-important, utterly foundational place of Parton’s childhood home in her enduring public persona, the

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Jul 28
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Time For a Swim!

The public swimming pool that I frequented in sunnier, happier times is currently closed and will be for the remainder of the season—one of many small tragedies that have marked this cursed year. This loss, which is minimal, is a one I nevertheless feel very acutely, as one of life’s greatest pleasures is standing in

Jul 21
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What's Up With the French Nobility These Days?

The “House of Terror” episode of the rebooted Unsolved Mysteries in fact contains multiple mysteries. First: Where is Count Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, the man whose entire family was brutally murdered before his highly suspicious disappearance in 2011? Second: Why on Earth do the French still have an aristocracy,

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Jul 16
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The Unlikely Feminist Journey of Miss America 1971
Hilary Levey Friedman
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As 21-year-old Phyllis George began her 1970 victory walk in Atlantic City, Bert Parks singing the iconic song “There She Is,” she was the height of fashion in her elegant sherbet gown, with its bejeweled top and flowing chiffon skirt that swept across the stage. But the crown perched on her au courant high bouffant

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