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The Write Stuff

Artists, writers and editors agree: The Blackwing is the pencil of the pros. In our digital world, Tim Wendel explains why one brand of pencils is changing the graphite game.

Leica M Monochrom Type 246, $7,450
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Monochrome Love

The Leica M Monochrom costs a fortune, but it’s worth it — it’s a digital camera that shoots black and white with the same high quality as old film cameras.

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Alexa, Please Be My Friend

As we become more reliant on artificially intelligent, voice-activated helpers like Alexa, Siri and Cortana, are we in danger of giving up our humanity?