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Lusting For Spring In Our Hearts  |   

We do grouse about the weather, it's true. But it's miraculous, if you think about it, that we still manage to get excited about spring at all, given that it happens every year.

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange  |   

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

Drag Is Raw: Wrestlers, Queens And Gender As Performance Art  |   

Libby Hill looks at the worlds of televised drag competition and professional wrestling, and finds that the flash, art and gender performance of the forms make them more alike than they might seem.

Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult  |   

Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.

'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa  |   

The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

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