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Incendiary 'Report' Exposes Business-Suited Torturers

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 6:00am

Ernie Colón and Sid Jacobson, who previously adapted the 9/11 Commission Report as a graphic novel, set their sights on the Senate's 2014 report on the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques.

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'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

In his new book, statistician Ben Blatt loads thousands of books, new and old, into a vast database and uncovers intriguing patterns in how our favorite authors write.

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An Exoneree Shares His Story Of Wrongful Conviction In 'Anatomy Of Innocence'

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:47pm

Jerry Miller spent more than 25 years behind bars for crimes he didn't commit. His story is part of a new collection that pairs exonerees with mystery/thriller writers.

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Young Women Bedeviled By Darkness In Moody 'The Blackcoat's Daughter'

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:00pm

This impressive debut from director Osgood Perkins, about schoolgirls left at a Catholic school over winter break, "feels like a throat-clearing exercise for a horror prodigy," says our critic.

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Caged By Its Noble Intentions: 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:00pm

This historical drama, based on the story of a Warsaw couple who helped hundreds of Jews flee Nazi-occupied Poland, is more interested in their heroism than their humanity.

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A Painter, A Novelist And A Contentious Lifelong Friendship: 'Cézanne et Moi'

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:00pm

It'll help to brush up on your Impressionists before seeing writer-director Danièle Thompson's decades-spanning portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne, but the film deftly avoids biopic clichés.

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In The Documentary 'Karl Marx City,' A Grim But Enlightening Homecoming

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:00pm

A filmmaker returns to the former East Germany to uncover family secrets and explore how life behind the Berlin Wall traded on civilian informants and an insidious collective obedience.

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Despite Historic Mix-Up, PricewaterhouseCoopers Will Keep Its Oscars Job

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 2:38pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says there'll be a few new safeguards following the Best Picture flub, including not allowing electronic devices backstage.

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#ThanksForTyping Spotlights Unnamed Women In Literary Acknowledgements

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:31pm

A professor shared book acknowledgement pages, where men thanked their wives for typing their manuscripts. #ThanksForTyping soon sparked a conversation on women and their uncredited roles in academia.

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In 'Monsters,' Graphic Novelist Emil Ferris Embraces The Darkness Within

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:58pm

After West Nile virus left her paralyzed, the Chicago illustrator had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the publication of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.

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In A Bullet-Riddled Mansion, A Beirut Architect Envisions A Museum Of Memory

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 6:45am

Beirut is peaceful now, but political divisions still run deep — and people are still hesitant to look back on the civil war years of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Hulu's 'Harlots' Follows Prostitutes In 18th Century London

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:41pm

Set in 18th century London, Hulu's new drama, Harlots, is about a group of women who work and live in brothels. The show is told from the point of view of the women and has an almost entirely female production team.

'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:19pm

Daniel Magariel's debut novel explores the fierce love a 12-year-old boy has for his abusive father. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, deeply affecting and brutal story."

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Bob Dylan Agrees To Accept His Nobel Prize During A Tour Stop In Stockholm

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:54am

Since the American musician won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, he has not yet picked up his award in person or delivered the customary lecture required for him to receive the prize money.

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Celebrating A Glorious Life Of Excess In 'A Really Big Lunch'

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:00am

Jim Harrison lived as he wrote — vividly. One year after his death, a new collection of his essays on food, wine, writing and aging brings him roaring back in all his immoderate brilliance.

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The Tahri That Binds: How A Sweet Rice Dish Connects A Woman To Her History

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:51am

Making the traditional foods of home on the holiday of Cheti Chand — which falls on March 29 this year — helps a member of the Hindu Sindhi diaspora feel less disjointed.

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First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:01am

The NPR program's inaugural 1971 broadcast has been added to the National Recording Registry, alongside other "aural treasures" like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow." Take a listen to the first show!

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Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:27pm

Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.

Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

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'Novel Of The Century' Is A Lively Companion To 'Les Misérables'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

David Bellos' new book is a comprehensive guide to Les Misérables, and a compelling story in its own right, packed with detail about the creation and publication of Victor Hugo's massive masterpiece.

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