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Our August/September 2016 issue of First Things is out in the world 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!

Reclaim Human Rights by Mary Ann Glendon
Stumbling Block to Tyrants?

Amnesty International Betrays Women by Darren Geist
Why Amnesty Is Siding with Sex Traffickers
Girls Are Not for Sale
Amnesty International Goes to the John

All the East is Moving by Tom Holland
Reclaiming the Holy Lance
Reforged Will Be Blade That Was Broken
The Flame of the West
Baptizing the Orcs

The New Middle Ages by Eugene Vodolazkin
Epoch of Concentration
World Become Text
The Future in the Past

Everyday Barbara Pym by B. D. McClay
Great Narrating English Virgin
Pym’s Glass of Blessing
Life With a Hole in It

Death of God, Fifty Years On by Matthew Rose
Is God Still Dead?

Word Perfect by Gabriel Said Reynolds
Seductive Composition
Conversion by the Word
Ayatollah of the Beholder

Alexi Sargeant is an assistant editor at First Things.

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