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Our May 2016 issue of First Things is hot of the press and available on our website. As a special piece of bonus content, I am here to share with you, loyal readers, some of our also-ran titles: headings for pieces that were suggested at our titles meeting but nixed for being too punny, too punchy, or simply too much.

In the list below, the final title of the piece is in bold, and the nixed titles are listed below it. Enjoy!

College Without Truth by Molly Oshatz
The Fragility of the American College Student

Click Fix by Marc Barnes
Over-Imaged Age

Look At Me by Patricia Snow
Through a Screen, Darkly
Reclaiming Attention

A Church that Was by Peter Hitchens
Lovely Disturbing Things
Never Such Innocence

Scientific Regress by William A. Wilson
Bad Data
The Baseless Pride of Science

Mormons Approaching Orthodoxy by Richard J. Mouw
As Man Now Is, God Once Was
Slouching Toward Orthodoxy?

The Losers' Elegeist by Samuel Goldman
Reluctant Icon (nixed on the grounds that the word “icon” in titles is “tired”)

Alexi Sargeant is a Junior Fellow at First Things.

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