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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Accentuate The Positive

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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Very Confused TV Guide

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

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IQ Test

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

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Presidential Keywords

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

U.S. Presidents spend years in office, but their tenure is often remembered in the mind of the public by a singular moment or trait. Given a keyword, you tell us which President it describes.

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It's A Snap

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

This game has attitude — each answer is a word or phrase containing the word "snap." But extra coordination is required: substitute an actual *snap* of your fingers where it appears in the answer.

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Lake Street Dive: I Love The '90s

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

As children of the '90s, the band's members best a "Name That Tune" round of the era's radio hits by correcting Jonathan Coulton's slightly wrecked lyrics. Plus: a performance of "Bad Self Portraits."

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Lake Street Dive: My Beautiful Balloon

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

The soul-pop quartet behind Bad Self Portraits reveals its extraordinary talent of covering pop songs using, yes, party balloons. Can you guess the titles of these squeaky melodies?

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Celebrity Wedding Announcements

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

How do you make a celebrity marriage work? We think it's all in the name. Imagine nuptials between two celebs whose paired surnames create a phrase: Keith Urban plus John Legend = Urban-Legend!

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Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:46am

The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.

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#ColorFacts: A Weird Little Lesson, In Rainbow Order

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:03am

Where'd the term "red tape" come from? Why are the Simpsons yellow? And is there a rhyme for orange? We answer these pressing questions — and more — in a new look at your old friend Roy G. Biv.

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'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:03am

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.

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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:31am

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:21pm

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:31pm

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:51am

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

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Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:03am

Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.

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Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

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