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Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:31am

The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy's modern, forward-thinking heroine.

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Bigger And Louder Than Ever, Can The Avengers Still Satisfy?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:53pm

Avengers: Age Of Ultron continues the march of the Marvel Cinematic Universe toward more and more and more of everything. But that's not the same thing as making the movies better.

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In 'Marie's Story,' A Tale Of Teaching And Faith

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:43pm

A new French film about a girl born blind and deaf speaks not only to the questions of how she learns, but of her encounters with faith and loss.

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Revisiting The Melodrama Of 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:33pm

Carey Mulligan plays the role once occupied by Julie Christie, but her very different take may be too controlled for its own good.

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More Than 90 Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:17am

Dozens of writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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Free Comic Book Day: A Guide To The Heroes, Musicians And Mutants

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:29am

Glen Weldon reviews the 50 comics available at participating comics shops for 2015's Free Comic Book Day, coming May 2 — what to pick up free, skip, and buy while you're in the shop.

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William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:03am

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?

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Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:03am

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:34pm

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:38pm

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his Muse and on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly un-literary book has become a literary sensation.

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These Parents Make Lovely Lunch Bag Art. Not Everyone Is Pleased

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:18pm

Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings recreated using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.

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A Futuristic Private Eye Gets In Over Her Head In 'Depth'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:00am

Lev AC Rosen's dystopian thriller, set in an underwater New York City, is an expert mix of the sci-fi and hardboiled genres. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it a nervy crime caper with hidden depths.

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'SuperMutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts With Nuts (And A Cherry)

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:03am

Kurt Vonnegut once famously described book critics as donning armor to battle a hot fudge sundae. Jillian Tamaki takes on Harry Potter in SuperMutant Magic Academy, but she's tossing marshmallows.

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Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:51pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:55pm

The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway's The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.

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Virtual Readings For Baltimore's Freddie Gray

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:38pm

Here are some words from novelists, poets and rappers that folks are sharing on social media to make sense of what's going on in Baltimore.

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:12pm

Researchers studying the Blue Zones, five regions around the world with lots of centenarians, have come up with this rule: "Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m."

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Louis C.K. On Life And Standup: 'I Live In Service For My Kids'

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:12pm

The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.

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What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:03am

Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.

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'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:49am

A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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