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The October 2016 issue of First Things is ready for your perusal, in print and on our fine website. Here, loyal readers, is a glimpse behind the curtain at some of our also-ran titles for the pieces in this issue: headings 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!

Politics of Vulnerability by R. R. Reno
Derailed Train
Get On Board, Little Children
Freedom is Bad
Freedom is Sad
Crisis of Permanence
Against Liberty

Boomer Pharisaism by Barton Swaim
Hillary Admits Nothing
Many Scandals, No Blame
Never-Ending Fiasco

Don’t Ask the Kids by Leonard Sax
Where are the Grown-Ups?
The Kids Aren’t All Right

A More Perfect Absolutism by Michael Hanby
Technocratic Freedom is a Monster
Driverless Society
Rule of Nobody

The Cold War is Over by Peter Hitchens
To Russia, With Love
My Soviet Years
The Comforting, Imaginary Menace

Embodied Caregiving by Erika Bachiochi
Valuing the Vulnerable
A Better Feminism

The Genius of Winding Paths by Michael J. Lewis
The Great Green Place
Not All Who Wander
Park Magic
Garden of Popular Delights
Pastoral Democracy
Olmstead’s Great Detours

Quotidian Wonder by Cassandra Nelson
Immortality on Ice
Cold Comfort
Remembering Names

All Things to All People by Michael C. Legaspi
The Berated Apostle
Everybody Hates Paul

Alexi Sargeant is an assistant editor at First Things.

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