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The November 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!

Read Their Lips by John Johnson Jr.
The Press That Cried Wolf
Journalism’s Nemesis

Death Rights by Hans Feichtinger
No Right to be Killed
Free Choice Über Alles

Catholicism in an Age of Discontent by Thomas Joseph White
Crisis of Catholicism
A More Perfect Triumphalism

What The Novelist Knows by Piers Paul Read
Can Fictional Characters be Saved?

The Sentimentality Trap by Benjamin Myers
Seduced by Sentimentality

In Defense of George Bell by Peter Hitchens
Standing Up to Lords

Alexi Sargeant is assistant editor of First Things.

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