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In 'The Party,' The Bourgeois Get Petty

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Sally Potter zeroes in on the hypocrisy of the British chattering-class but her aim wanders, so the characters stay flat and the satire never kicks in.

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In The Sexy, Silly 'Double Lovers,' A Woman Steps Through The Looking Glass

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:00pm

French director Francois Ozon's erotic thriller, an homage to the films of De Palma and Cronenberg, is all about mirrored surfaces, twinship and body horror.

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Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:25pm

As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait.

Director Ryan Coogler Says 'Black Panther' Brought Him Closer To His Roots

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:03pm

The new film imagines an African nation, rich in minerals and unscarred by colonialism and slavery; Coogler says he traveled to the continent to dig into the question of what it means to be African.

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Love Is All Around — Everyday — In 'Rookie On Love'

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:00am

"When we talk about love ... it's usually always referring to romantic partnerships. And I knew that I didn't want this book to just be about that," editor Tavi Gevinson says of the new anthology.

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'Asymmetry' Is A Guide To Being Bigger Than Yourself

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:00am

At first, Lisa Halliday's novel seems too familiar: It's about a young would-be writer who has an affair with a famous older man. But partway through, it turns into something else, something new.

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France Showcases Works Orphaned By Nazi Looting, Seeking Owners Or Heirs

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:33pm

Tens of thousands of artworks were recovered after World War II, and many are still in French possession. Now, the Louvre is stepping up efforts to return them to the heirs of their rightful owners.

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Long Haul Trucker Was 'Completely Seduced' By The Open Road

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country to their new homes. He describes life on the road as a "reaction against regimentation."

For Valentine's Day, Romance Writers Share Their Favorite Moments

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:00am

Who knows romance better than romance novelists? We've asked some of our favorites to share the moments that make them swoon, whether it's a snuggle on a snowy morning or a game of wheelchair hockey.

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Flynn The Bichon Wins Best In Show

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

Flynn, a bichon frise, has won best in show in the 2018 Westminter Dog Show.

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:36pm

Journalist Joshua Green describes the right-wing provocateur as a "very shrewd analyst of American politics." Right now, Green says, Bannon is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement.

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'Semla Man': The Pastry-Eating Superhero Sweden Needs On Fat Tuesday

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 8:27am

The Swedes are fiercely devoted to almond paste-and-whipped cream-filled semla. (One king died after gorging on them.) And the day before Lent is game time for feasting before the fast.

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Portraits Of Ex-President Obama And Former First Lady Unveiled

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:02am

The portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were revealed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Steve Inskeep talks to Kehinde Wiley about his portrait of the former president.

When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 8:00pm

Marriage is hard — and there are signs it's become even harder in recent decades. We examine how long-term relationships have changed, and whether we might improve marriage by asking less of it.

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'Videocracy' Looks At What Makes A Video Go Viral

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

A new book by Kevin Allocca, YouTube's head of culture and trends, breaks down the world of viral videos. From fans of elevators to make-your-own-slime videos, online communities that form around niche interests are as vital as the videos themselves.

Artist Amy Sherald Discusses Portrait Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

New, official portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday. NPR's Ari Shaprio speaks with Amy Sherald, the Baltimore-based artist who painted the former first lady's portrait. Sherald is known for painting African-Americans in gray tones.

'Hello, Universe' Wins Newbery Medal, While Caldecott Goes To 'Wolf In The Snow'

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:38am

The annual honors in children's literature have been awarded: Erin Entrada Kelly won the Newbery for her contribution to children's literature, and Matthew Cordell won the Caldecott for illustration.

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Paintings Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled At Portrait Gallery

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:22am

The former president and first lady chose artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald — the first African-American artists to receive such a commission — to paint them for the museum's collection.

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'Black Panther' Tells A Thrilling Superhero Story That Hasn't Been Told

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:43am

Ryan Coogler's film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new.

At 80, Judy Blume Reflects On Feminism, #MeToo And Letting Margaret Grow Up

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:06am

Judy Blume's best-selling books have shaped the way we talk about puberty, periods and female sexual experiences. Those story lines take on renewed relevance amid the #MeToo movement.

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