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Book News: Year's Oddest Title? 'Pie-ography,' 'Working Class Cats' In Running

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 6:48am

Also: a Guardian reporter claims someone was monitoring his book on Edward Snowden as he wrote it; Claire Messud on the semi-colon; Jhumpa Lahiri on short story writer Mavis Gallant.

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Wise, Funny Poems, Saved From The Trash Bin In The Nick Of 'Time'

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 6:00am

Michael Benedikt was an exemplary poet, a dedicated editor and an agoraphobic recluse. His work was almost lost forever — until two poets rescued his archive and published a selection, Time is a Toy.

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Another Monster Mother, But Hey, She Means Well

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:31pm

The Romanian entry in the foreign-film Oscar category turns on a nouveau-riche mother who maneuvers ruthlessly to shield her no-account son from charges he kills a teen in a car crash.

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One Conflict, One Wall, Two Sides Of The Arab-Israeli World

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 5:57pm

Bob Mondello reviews Omar and Bethlehem, two intriguingly similar films about the complicated relationships between Israeli secret service agents and their Palestinian informants.

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'Pompeii': In Ancient Rome, A Hot 3-D Mess

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 5:29pm

Even for an action flick that promises more thrills and gore than depth and nuance, Pompeii throws plausibility to the wind. The result is a flaming collision of romance, friendship and vengeance.

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Zola's Scandalous Raquin Clan, Sordid 'Secret' And All

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 4:00pm

Adapted from the 1867 novel Therese Raquin, the drama In Secret follows the relationships between Therese (Elizabeth Olsen), her sickly cousin and husband (Tom Felton), and her lover (Oscar Isaac).

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Russell Says At Last, He's Making The Films He 'Was Meant To Make'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:17pm

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. On Thursday, he tells her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

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If You Like The Old 'About A Boy,' You May Not Like The New 'About A Boy'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:36pm

NBC's reboot of a well-loved Nick Hornby book and Hugh Grant film falls victim to the tendency of sitcoms to flatten the sadness out of characters to the point where they don't matter.

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New Show Challenges Idea That 'Nobody Cares About The Caribbean?'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:00am

Former Jamaican Beauty Queen and Bloomberg journalist, Zahra Burton set up her own news show. Burton tells host Michel Martin about 18 Degrees North which brings news of the Caribbean to the world.

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Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Six: 'Nebraska'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 8:33am

We scoured the Internet to uncover the pros and cons of all nine best picture nominations. Today, Bruce Dern goes for a drive in Alexander Payne's Nebraska.

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Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Six: Nebraska

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 8:33am

We scoured the Internet to uncover the pros and cons of all nine best picture nominations. Today, Bruce Dern goes for a drive in Alexander Payne's Nebraska.

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Book News: James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:43am

Also: Finalists for the L.A. Times Book Prizes are announced; Dr. Seuss's hat collection is going on tour; poet Liu Xia hospitalized in China.

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A Cautionary Tale For Aspiring One-Percenters In 'Young Money'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:00am

Writer Kevin Roose's new Young Money follows eight new bankers through their first years on the job. Reviewer Drew Toal says the book has a "solid sense of finance's corrosive day-to-day effects."

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Author James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Bookstores

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 4:00am

On Thursday, he announced the names of more than 55 booksellers who are getting some of that money — up to $15,000 each. He tells Renee Montagne about why he's driven to help independent bookstores.

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The System That Supplies Our Chickens Pits Farmer Against Farmer

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:40am

Almost all of our chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it comes to getting paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing – and too often, deep in debt.

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Washington's Corcoran Museum To Be Taken Over By National Gallery

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:43pm

The National Gallery of Art is named as a potential escape hatch for the oldest private art museum in Washington. The Corcoran Gallery has faced financial hurdles in recent years.

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'Hilarious' First Novel Asks 'Why Are You So Sad?'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:47pm

Critic Alex Gilvarry calls the book "a humorous insight into the human condition."

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:13pm

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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Book Review: 'Mad As Hell'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

NPR commentator Ted Koppel reviews Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angiest Man in Movies, by Dave Itzkoff.

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Here's What Happens When Thousands Play Pokemon Together

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:54pm

For the past week, a social experiment has been going on in the gaming community: a democratically played video game on community site Twitch. A site exec says the result is chaotic but inspiring.

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