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An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 6:03am

When sci-fi legend Octavia E. Butler died in 2006, fans mourned the loss of works she could have written. Now, two unpublished stories are being released after a scholar found them among her papers.

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For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:24am

In the 1800s, still-life painting was the bottom feeder of the art world, but that's where the French painter chose to leave his mark. "I want to astonish Paris with an apple," he's said to have said.

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In Dispute With Hachette, Amazone Aims New Volley At Authors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:11pm

Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response, but many writers continue to criticize Amazon.

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In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:11pm

Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response.

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Play With Your Food: The Kandinsky-Inspired Fine Art Food Challenge

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:40pm

After psychologists did an experiment with salad arranged like a Kandinsky painting, we asked you to make your own plates arranged like fine art. Here are some of the tantalizing results you sent in.

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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

This week, two new TV series' begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.

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Social Media Meltdowns Highlight The Power Of The Audience

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:57am

Online fights hobbled the careers of TV host Adam Richman and shock jock Anthony Cumia. NPR's Eric Deggans says they were kneecapped by the new reality of modern media.

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Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:28am

The first day of the annual press tour of the Television Critics Association brought news from Nat Geo, Ovation, and the Nielsen ratings people.

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Book News: Amazon Makes Direct Offer To Hachette Authors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 7:01am

Also: the CIA style manual; Nancy Andreasen on the origins of creativity.

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With A Good Twist Or Two, This Haunted 'House' Adds Plenty Of Stories

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 6:03am

Forget for a moment the spooky, restless dead. In Rebecca Makkai's inventive novel The Hundred-Year House, the ghost is just one of the many residents looking for new lives — and finding them.

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In 'Little Engine That Could', Some See An Early Feminist Hero

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:13pm

Was "I think I can" the grandmother of "Lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but in some versions of the story the protagonist was male.

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Book Review: 'Shooting Star'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the first English-language version of Shooting Star, by Sergio Elizondo.

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'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self Pity, A Trait The French Like

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:44pm

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.

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Voting Blockbusters: One Man's Battle With His Own Mind

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:21am

Chris Klimek summarizes all he learned about summer movies and personal taste from voting in a recent survey of blockbusters at film site The Dissolve.

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What's Happening In Television: It's Press Tour Time Again

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:08am

For the next two weeks, the great big world of television will sit itself down to answer questions about new shows, existing shows, and the future.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Writes A New 'Harry Potter' Story

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 6:22am

Also: A first edition of Marx's Das Kapital has sold for $40,000; Katie Roiphe asks what would have happened if My Struggle were written by a woman.

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Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 6:03am

Rainbow Rowell's new adult novel follows a successful sitcom writer struggling to balance work and family — and to patch up her struggling marriage with the aid of a semi-magical old land-line phone.

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Richard Dreyfuss' Children: 'JAWS' Makes No Sense

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ben and Emily Dreyfuss, the adult children of actor Richard Dreyfuss. They recently watch JAWS again. Their father starred in the 1975 movie.

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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:33am

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.

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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:16pm

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.

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