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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:23pm

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

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A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:22am

Critic John Powers returns from the French film festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is The Assassin, a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

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Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:03am

There are different kinds of fat people in literature — funny or comforting, sometimes despicable. But Sarai Walker's Dietland gives us a new fat protagonist; complex, compelling and dangerous.

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Author Margaret Atwood Contributes Manuscript To Future Library

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:04am

As part of the Future Library project, Margaret Atwood's Scribbler Moon will not be read until 2114. Trees, that will be made into paper for that text, were planted last year in Norway.

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How Dorothea Lange Taught Us To See Hunger And Humanity

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:08pm

Perhaps no one did more to show us the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photos of farm workers and others have become iconic of the era.

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Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:40pm

Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.

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Prolific Fantasy And Science Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:00pm

Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don't Bite The Sun and Death's Master -- the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.

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Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:39am

The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.

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Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:03am

Matt Pym's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."

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It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:43am

Photographer David Jay says, "I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see. And we need to see them because we created them."

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:51pm

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

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How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:42pm

Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn't approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.

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Single-Named Singers From The Present And Past

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.

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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

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Online Art Sites Aim To Fill Gap Between Etsy And Sotheby's

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

Let's say you're not a millionaire but you're still interested in buying affordable art from the comfort of your living room. There's now a burgeoning business of selling mid-priced art online.

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Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:03am

Naomi Novik's latest is a re-worked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heart-breaking, and thoroughly satisfying."

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:45am

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 8:48pm

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.

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'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 4:28pm

BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish became famous for jumping with his wife Jean in the 1970s and '80s. Marah Strauch, director of the documentary, says "this felt like a love story to me."

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