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An Audience with the Dalai Lama of Fast Food

If We Are What We Eat, Things Don’t Look So Good The international HQ of Kentucky Fried Chicken, just outside Louisville, is white as a leghorn pullet and has a front porch with big columns, like a corporate version of Scarlett O’Hara’s Tara. I enter and wait for Colonel Sanders. Within five minutes he walks [...]
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The Forever War

Joan Shelton has trouble watching television news about soldiers coming home from the Persian Gulf. “I’m happy for the families, but it’s hard for me because it’s a reminder. Their war may be over, but ours isn’t.” Joan Shelton’s war may never be over. Her father, Charles Shelton, is the only American still officially listed [...]
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Society Columnist on the Prowl

Carla Sue Broeker churned through the party like a great ship. She fired off grins and squeals of greeting. In her wake were smiles. “It’s a blue-ribbon crowd,” she said, all but smacking her lips. The event was another bit of raw material for her weekly column. Broeker’s approach is essentially reporting—who, what, when, and [...]
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James Jones

“I never cared what Hemingway thought of my work.  He wasn’t a soldier. Hemingway never really saw combat.  Oh, hell, I didn’t see that much myself.  But . . . what I saw was quite enough.”
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Pretenders to the Throne

The city’s best-known Elvis impersonator is Jerry Baird, a singer with two well-organized fan clubs. But over the past year, a challenger has emerged. Backed by a big band, Ron Hampton has made inroads on the Baird dominance. He has won fans with a grueling string of 120 one-night stands. He has built a reputation [...]
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