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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:42pm

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:39pm

Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:13pm

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.

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'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:06am

Luc Besson's Lucy isn't a smart movie, but you have to respect — sort of — the high energy and commitment it puts into being ridiculous.

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Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:09am

Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.

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It's Time For Comic-Con!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Revisiting An 'Endless Summer'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

While corny and dated and even offensive in places, the seminal surfing film Endless Summer, now getting a 50th anniversary rerelease, remains a rich visual exploration of the freedom of a wave.

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'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

One of the final performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman comes in the strong John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man.

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Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas perhaps chooses the wrong character to focus on, but the story has loose, improvisational charm.

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When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:21pm

Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.

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5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:19pm

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV Critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

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'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:12pm

Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."

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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:26pm

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:58am

In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).

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Patriotic Language

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.

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Fair-Weather Friends

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!

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Place That Band

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.

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The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

At the Ask Me Another tea shop, we don't sell chai, but we do have tea that encourages faith and devotion: "loyal-tea." That's because all answers in this game sound like "tea." Share a cup with us!

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