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'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:45am

The most surprising thing about the latest film in the Marvel Universe may be as simple as its genre: while it certainly has your space battles and big fights, it's a straight-up comedy.

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Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:16am

Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.

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This 'Suitcase' Is Packed With Sharp, Funny, Tragic Tales

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:03am

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who've transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.

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As Volunteerism Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

More young adults and teens are swapping sun tanning and sightseeing on vacations for working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English abroad.

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Best Seat In The House Of Worship: The Temple Hollywood Built

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.

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Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:24pm

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.

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'Sharknado' Part Deux: The Laughably Bad Epic Strikes Back

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?

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Who's The Man? Hollywood Heroes Defined Masculinity For Millions

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

From silent stars to John Wayne to Iron Man, film critic Bob Mondello looks at the role that Hollywood has played in defining manliness, and how that definition has changed over several decades.

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'Sharknado 2': Winner And Still Chomp

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:40pm

Look, of course Sharknado 2 is stupid. That's not the question. The question is whether it still makes a good party game.

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On Dipping An Introverted Toe In The Comic-Con Ocean

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:36am

Is Comic-Con as overwhelming as you've heard? Well ... yes and no. Mostly yes. But on the other hand, it's also completely fascinating, even to nervous first-timers.

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Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 8:44am

Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.

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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:04am

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:03am

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:05pm

Monday night's Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it's about sex.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:01pm

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:56pm

Host Michel Martin speaks with poet Nikki Giovanni about the role art can play during major, often challenging, moments of transition.

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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:39am

After graduation, Mason Kerwick landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, he and his two team members will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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