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'Self-Portrait With Boy' Explores The Narcissistic Ambition That Fuels Success

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:54am

An artist's photograph of a young boy's death leads to a terrible dilemma in Rachel Lyon's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "striking debut."

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Immortality, Sadness And Drinking With Shakespeare In 'How To Stop Time'

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 6:00am

Matt Haig's new novel isn't exactly about time travel — it's about a slow-aging man who travels through time just by staying alive for centuries. And yes, he meets Shakespeare (who has bad breath).

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Tarantino Says Uma Thurman's Car Stunt Was 'One Of The Biggest Regrets Of My Life'

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 9:36pm

The famed director responded to a New York Times account in which Thurman alleged that she was pressured by him to drive an unsafe car on a sandy road.

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After 16 Years, Afghanistan War Is 'At Best A Grinding Stalemate,' Journalist Says

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll warns that there is no end in sight to America's longest war: "Most of the generals ... say in public, 'There's no military solution to this war.'"

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From Bieber To Buber, 'Feel Free' Mixes High And Low With A Generous Spirit

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 9:00am

Reading Zadie Smith's big-hearted, eloquent new essay collection is a lot like hanging out with a friend who's just as at home with pop stars as she is with philosophers.

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'I Am' Living Life To The Fullest, Despite Its Perils

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 6:00am

Maggie O'Farrell's first book of nonfiction is a memoir — by turns thrilling and agonizing — of all of her brushes with death. And there have been many, from childhood illness to deadly riptides.

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Former Agent Says, 'Border Patrol Does Good Work ... But There's Tension There'

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:57am

In The Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantú looks back on his time as a Border Patrol agent. He says, in his experience, "No matter what obstacle we put at the border, it's going to be subverted."

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'Frasier' Star John Mahoney Dies at 77

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 7:25pm

The actor was best known for his 11-year stint on the NBC hit but he was a veteran of the Chicago theater scene before making his way to the New York stage.

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Hollywood Star-Maker Accused Of Sexual Harassment Closes Talent Agency

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 6:23pm

Talent manager Vincent Cirrincione acknowledged pursuing sexual relationships, but insisted they were consensual and he denied making them conditional for his representing anyone.

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Super Bowl Wrap: Philadelphia Had A Much Better Night Than Justin Timberlake

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 3:26pm

The Eagles won a thrilling victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday night, to the delight of Philadelphians everywhere. Tom Brady of the Patriots proved fallible, while Justin Timberlake was ... just fine.

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'This Is What Happened' And 'Babylon Berlin' Deliver Thrills And Intrigue Aplenty

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:43pm

Critic John Powers says Mick Herron's latest novel sucks you in from the opening page, and a Netflix series imported from Germany is both fun and binge-able.

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After 17 Brushes With Death, A Writer Reflects On Coming 'Back From The Brink'

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:55pm

Maggie O'Farrell recounts the multiple times she cheated death in her memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. "We're different people afterwards," she says. "These experiences always take up residence inside us."

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In Seoul, A Plastic Surgery Capital, Residents Frown On Ads For Cosmetic Procedure

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:39am

South Korea has the world's highest per capita rate of plastic surgery procedures. But growing pushback against ads touting facial fix-ups has prompted Seoul's public transport system to ban the ads.

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Super Bowl Ads 2018: The Best, The Weirdest And The Most Complicated

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:54am

Advertisers were careful about which messages they showcased this year, and the results felt handcuffed — so cautious that they were just, well, disappointing.

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In 'The Afterlives,' Holograms And Ghosts Give Meaning To Life After Death

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 3:59am

In Thomas Pierce's novel, a loan officer dies — but only temporarily, and uneventfully. "[He's] looking for some kind of bedrock in a world that does feel so full of mirage," Pierce says.

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In A New Netflix Documentary, Gloria Allred Looks At Her Career And What's Next

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 4:08pm

Gloria Allred has waged legal battles on behalf of victims of sexual assault, discrimination and harassment for decades. In a new documentary, Seeing Allred, she shares her story in her own words.

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In 'A More Beautiful And Terrible History,' Fuel For The Fight Ahead

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 4:08pm

Jeanne Theoharis' new book re-examines civil rights history and the way it's been manipulated. "It is used to make us feel good about ourselves, to make us feel good about our progress," she says.

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Egyptian Archaeologists Unearth A 4,400-Year-Old Tomb

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 9:58am

Unusual paintings and well-preserved artifacts were found outside Giza in the tomb of Hetpet, a priestess to the goddess of fertility. The country hopes to draw more tourists with the discovery.

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New Orleans Tries Different Carnival Music

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 7:09am

Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire pays tribute to her Haitian roots with a new Krewe du Kanaval at Mardi Gras this year. The effort is a collaboration with Preservation Hall Jazz band.

Inside The Winchester Mystery House

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 7:09am

Winchester, starring Helen Mirren, is a new and frightening paranormal tale about one of the most haunted houses in America: the Winchester mansion.

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