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Actor Frank Vincent, Who Portrayed Mobsters In 'Goodfellas' And 'The Sopranos,' Dies

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Actor Frank Vincent, who was best known for his portrayal of mobsters in Martin Scorsese's, Goodfellas and the HBO series, The Sopranos, has died.

In 'Forest Dark,' A Building In Israel Connects 2 Searching Souls

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Nicole Krauss' new novel, Forest Dark, tells two stories concurrently: a man at the end of a financially successful life searching for meaning, and a younger woman writer searching for meaning as her marriage collapses. The only thing that connects them is a building on the other side of the world.

Drummer Grant Hart, Co-Founder Of Punk Band Hüsker Dü, Dies At 56

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Drummer Grant Hart co-founded one of the most influential punk bands of all time: Hüsker Dü. Hart played drums and wrote many of the trio's songs. He died of complications from liver cancer and hepatitis C Thursday night at the age of 56.

'Saturday Night Live' Stops Accepting Jokes From Freelancers

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Freelancers are a bit of a trade secret when it comes to late night shows. They often send in pages of one-liners for the shows to use or reject. Now Saturday Night Live is telling freelancers it will no longer accept their submissions.

Musician Fred Hersch Recounts A Life 'In And Out Of Jazz' In His New Memoir

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:50pm

Nearly 30 years ago, Hersch was among the first jazz musicians to come out as both gay and HIV positive. His memoir looks back on that time, as well as the time he spent in a medically induced coma.

New Ken Burns Series Remembers Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Everyday People

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:48pm

Burns made a name for himself by finding the small stories that lend perspective and emotion to larger narratives. Critic David Bianculli says his latest effort is "compelling from the start."

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The Wind Still Blows Through The Willows — And Along 'The River Bank'

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:00am

Kij Johnson works fresh magic with an old story in The River Bank, a sequel to The Wind in the Willows that introduces two new characters, Miss Mole and Miss Rabbit, but keeps the original's charm.

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Frank Vincent, Who Portrayed Dapper Mobsters, Dies At 80

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 7:16am

With his strong chin, manicured hair and steely glare, Vincent could bring an air of menace to almost any atmosphere.

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It All Began With 'Adam And Eve'

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 6:00am

In his new book, Stephen Greenblatt argues that the world wouldn't be the same without the story of Adam and Eve — the primal narrative that shapes how we think about almost everything.

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Author Attica Locke: In America, We Walk 'Side By Side' With Our Past

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:02am

Locke's novel Bluebird, Bluebird is set in Texas where her family roots stretch back to slavery. The family didn't go north during the Great Migration, she explains: "We said: No, Texas is ours, too."

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'This Is Their Film': Angelina Jolie Tells A Story Of Khmer Rouge Survival

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 5:19pm

Jolie's new film, First They Killed My Father, is based on a memoir by Loung Ung, who was 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge rose to power in Cambodia.

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid And Ali Smith

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 9:41am

The 2017 nominees for the U.K.'s top literary prize include a hefty dose of marquee authors, such as Paul Auster. But the list also features a pair of debuts, from Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley.

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'World Without Mind' Is An Urgent, Personal Polemic

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 9:00am

Franklin Foer's new book on the collision of technology and democracy is heavily informed by his unhappy 2014 departure from The New Republic, after its takeover by Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes.

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The Pleasures Of Story Get Lost In This 'Forest Dark'

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 6:00am

In Nicole Krauss' new novel, two characters move to Israel in search of fresh starts. But this strained tale of midlife crisis takes some odd turns and never quite coheres.

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Picking Pop Culture's People We're Pulling For

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 5:00am

A comedian, a TV mogul, a wonderfully eccentric author and a deeply dry character actor all get Pop Culture Happy Hour's stamp of approval.

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'Survivor Cafe' Explores How To Preserve The Legacy Of Horrific Events

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:31pm

How do we carry the stories of horrific events forward? That's one of the questions Elizabeth Rosner tries to answer in her book, Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.

Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:50pm

Messud's novel centers on best friends from different class backgrounds who begin to drift apart in 7th grade. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Burning Girl a story of "betrayal and isolation."

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:12pm

Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal."

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In 'Damascus,' A Chilling Mystery With A Personal Connection

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 9:21am

Deborah Campbell's A Disappearance in Damascus is both a taut detective story and an intimate account of friendship during war — and that's before our reviewer discovered her own part in the story.

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Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 6:59am

Hall ran two of the most important theater companies in England — the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He directed Waiting for Godot and Amadeus, among dozens of plays, old and new.

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