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Can the economy be too stable?

Believe it or not, one of the most striking facts about the U.S. economy over the past 25 years has been the relative stability it has enjoyed — until all hell broke loose the last few months.

The strange sex appeal of Ray LaMontagne

The soulful balladry of Ray LaMontagne charms with the uplift of the dogged underdog. You instinctively root for the guy as you would a proud, fit septuagenarian climbing a long flight of stairs.