Beth Johnson Gundy

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The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Longreads Best of 2014: Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Undead and Loving It: How Did AMC’s Flagship Show Suddenly Get So Good?

I long felt that <i>The Walking Dead</i> punished its critics the same way its bedraggled heroes dispatched ravenous zombies: by stabbing them in the brain. …

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it …

Crispy Green Bean Fries

It's 3 p.m. You're well aware that you should be reaching for something virtuous to snack on.<p>Luckily, we've figured out how to make vegetables more alluring when hunger strikes.<p>These oven-baked green beans are the answer.<p>They're easy, satisfying and not at all bad for you.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1 pound fresh …

15 Genius Ways To Use Champagne

Champagne's not just for drinking anymore. This piece originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com.<p>Next time you pop open a bottle of bubbly, don't just grab a couple of flutes and chug it down. There are just too many fabulous things you can do with that champagne! From fantastic cocktails to …

10 Cozy Fall Breakfast Recipes

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves mean it's time to turn on your oven and bake something delicious. Try these cozy breakfast recipes made from all your favorite fall ingredients -- apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, oats, pecans and more.<p><b>1. Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Walnuts & Raisins</b><p>…

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

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Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction

Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way?

How to Throw a Dim Sum Party at Home

One of the perks of living in the Chinatown neighborhood of Philadelphia is being able to enjoy dim sum whenever I want. All I have to do is walk five minutes out of my house and there are two dim sum restaurants to my left and another one on my right. With the exception of a few odd weekends when …

Sunday Supper: Baked Shells With Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce and Italian Sausage

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>When I was first living on my own, one of the most ambitious things I cooked was a version of this dish …

How to Make Deep-Fried Apple Pies from Scratch

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest</i> <i>makes a miniature version of her favorite pie that's better than what you'd get from the Golden Arches'</i> …

How to Make Duck Confit

Each week, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.<p>Today: We're conquering confiting -- a French technique for tenderizing even the …

33 Fall Weeknight Meals You Can Make in an Hour or Less

From roasted chicken to winter squash pasta, here are 33 quick weeknight meals for fall.<p><b>Pasta, winter squash, roast chicken—fall is the best time for weeknight cooking</b>. Plan your entire week's worth of dinners with these 33 meals, each of which can be made in an hour or less.

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Root Vegetable Gratin

8 Servings<p>The key to gratins is having all the ingredients—whether they’re basic potatoes or the mixed root vegetables below—sliced the same thickness so they cook at the same rate. Make friends with a mandoline: It quickly yields precise, even slices.<p>November 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 tablespoons …

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Baked Potatoes

Prepare a delicious potato side to round out your meal. We're offering generous servings of your favorites -- mashed, baked, oven-fried -- as well as several kinds of potato salad.

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

The Miraculous Face Transplant of Richard Norris

For fifteen years, Richard Norris had a face too hideous to show. Then, one day, a maverick doctor gave him a miracle too fantastic to believe. Richard got a face transplant, a new life, and a new set of burdens too strange to predict. What's it like to live with a face that wasn't yours—and that …

Europe Unprepared If Russia Cuts Off Natural Gas Exports To EU This Summer, Analysts Say

The latest round of U.S. and European sanctions on Moscow raises the risk that Russia will block natural gas flows to Europe in retaliation, some …

Russia's Fear of Potential Threats Has Spawned a Real One in Ukraine

The Ukrainian airbase at Kramatorsk, a short drive from the border with Russia, was a sorry sight just a few months ago. The road leading up to it …

Russia’s Military Is Already in East Ukraine. Will There Be a Full-Scale Invasion?

The troops, the tanks, and the artillery is in place. The shelling has begun. Is this just another skirmish? Or something much, much bigger?<p>Right now …

Ukrainian forces advance in east as Russia, West squabble

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine on Saturday and, with diplomacy stalled, Moscow and the West stepped up their war of words.<p>Ukrainian servicemen, who are members of an artillery section, take …

Roads Fraught With Danger for Ukrainians Fleeing Siege

The insurgent stronghold of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe as a siege by government troops has seen water, electricity and food supplies cut off. Hazards including destroyed bridges and unexploded shells and mines create routes fraught with risks for …

Robert Kennedy's Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Activism

Robert Kennedy is obsessed with the notion that vaccines cause autism. He’s particularly obsessed with the discredited idea that thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, causes autism. Now Kennedy is about to publish a new book on this topic, and he’s promoting it both in the press and, as …

The future of warfare: Why we should all be very afraid

Imagine an army of robots with the power to decide whom and when to kill. Brace yourself, because it’s happening<p>It is said that in 16th-century Prague, a giant made of clay stalked the slums from moonrise till sunbreak. He kept a vigil, this earthen colossus, and guarded the Jews of the ghettos in …

I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict.

This is my story.<p>As was the case every Halloween, on October 31, 1989, a couple of <i>Washington</i> <i>Post</i> reporters were sent to cover the festivities in Georgetown, where thousands of mostly white and affluent revelers partied through the night. I was dispatched to the other side of town—Potomac Gardens, a …

Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life

After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn't cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a …