You know those people who are inherently good at small talk? Us, too--and we’re kind of jealous. Luckily, with minimal legwork, you, too, can master the art of talking about anything--from in-depth dispatches from the world of competitive eating to reflections on the popular poem you’re almost certainly misinterpreting. Here, nine fantastic articles to get you started.

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If you live and die by Yelp...

Read about the people who are using the site to review jails. (The Marshall Project)

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If you are hungry...

Read about Anthony Bourdain?s unlikely stardom and where he?s going next. (Men?s Journal)

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If you’re not hungry...

Read about the woman who’s taking the competitive-eating scene by storm. (Maxim)

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If you threw tea parties with your stuffed animals...

Read about the future of children’s toys: artificially intelligent Barbies. (The New York Times)

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If you think revenge is a dish best served covered in sprinkles...

Read about the ice-cream truck war that’s being waged in Salem, Oregon. (Epic)

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If you think sushi is a dish best served with feminism...

Read about Japan?s first all-female sushi restaurant. (Broadly)

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If you follow no fewer than six dogs on Instagram...

Read about the big business of being a famous canine on the Internet. (Racked)

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If you’ve ever taken a high school English class...

Read about how you’re probably misinterpreting one of the most famous poems of all time. Hint: Robert Frost. (The Paris Review)

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If you think your interests are weird...

Read about the bizarre online community that exists for the sole purpose of debating celebrities’ heights. (BuzzFeed)

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