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Holiday Gift Ideas for 2014

From Patrick Smith to Kasper Hauser, Six Cool Books to Stick in your Stocking.

Plus, the Worst Christmas Song of All Time.

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Nonsense From the Huffington Post

Come On, Who Needs a Fact-Checker? HuffPo Scrapes Bottom with a Goofy List of Falsehoods and Half-Truths.

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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Flying over Cape Cod in a Cramped Cockpit, I Wanted Nothing More Than to be Down on the Beach. Call me a Heretic.

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A Ride on the 787

From Boston to Tokyo on the World’s Spiffiest Jetliner. If They Could Please Fix the Windows…

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Interlude: The Worst Rock Video of All Time

Sorry, but sometimes there are just no excuses…

And savoring the “Husker Buzz.”

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Images From Liberia

As West Africa Grapples With the Ebola Crisis, Scenes at and Around Roberts Field.

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My Kingdom for a Cup Holder

Sometimes It’s the (Really) Small Things.

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The De-Ice Man Cometh

Snow, Ice, and Airplanes. Everything You Need to Know About the Travails of Winter Flying.

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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

Postcards, Timetables, and Other Airline Collectibles. If Only I Hadn’t Thrown Them All Away!

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The Name Game

What’s This, an Error in The New Yorker!

Plus: an Airline Style Sheet for Editors and Neurotics Alike.

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The Things We Carry

Electronic Gadgets Are Supposed to Make Life Easier.

Do They?

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Letter From Ghana

Welcome to Room 420: Rubber Floors, Mysterious Odors, and World’s Worst Artwork. Plus: the Perils of Dining Abroad.

UPDATE: Move over “O Captain,” you’ve got competition!

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Letter From Hanoi

On the Streets of Vietnam’s Capital, it’s Traffic as Art and Chaos.

Plus: a Ride With EVA Air, Taiwan’s “other airline.”

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“Argo” and the 747

Hollywood goes to great pains and expense to get period details correct. Except when it comes to airplanes.

And the heck with “Argo.” Give me “Dog Day Afternoon.”

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Amsterdam: Rediscovering One of the World’s Friendliest Airports

If Only People Would Pronounce “Schiphol” Correctly.

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