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Evil, Antic And Modern, 'The Merry Spinster' Puts A Dark Spin On Fairy Tales

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:00am

Mallory Ortberg's hyperliterate new story collection turns familiar fairy tales inside out to comment on gender, relationships and the way people manipulate each other.

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The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:55am

As a major retrospective in Los Angeles shows, the modern American artist got us to take a second look at even common objects like numerals, archery targets and, yes, flags.

(Image credit: Bob Adelman/The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection © Bob Adelman Estate)

'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 6:40pm

Before it could publish an issue on race, the magazine first had to look at its own history. "Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless," writes editor Susan Goldberg.

(Image credit: C.P. Scott (L) and H.E. Gregory (R)/National Geographic)

French Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 3:24pm

Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91. He dressed some of the world's most glamorous women including Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly.

Blacklisted From Syria, A Journalist Says: 'I Couldn't Imagine Staying Away

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 1:21pm

Rania Abouzeid has been covering Syria since 2011 — despite the fact that she's been called a spy, placed on wanted lists by Syrian intelligence and banned from entering the country.

'The Sparsholt Affair' Confirms Alan Hollinghurst's Status As A Literary Master

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 1:21pm

Hollinghurst's new domestic epic leapfrogs across seven decades to examine how the laws of social propriety shape the destinies of a father and son. Critic John Powers says the novel is fascinating.

Hubert de Givenchy, Famed Couturier, Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:26am

Known for designing the little black numbers worn by Audrey Hepburn, a British fashion declared of his first collection: "These dresses remind you of that first, best, glass of champagne."

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French Fashion Designer Givenchy Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:21am

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy styled some of the world's most fashionable women — icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. He died at age 91 on Saturday.

'American Idol' Reboot Has 3 Potential Problems, But The Pitch Ain't One

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:01am

American Idol was a powerful brand before Fox canceled it in 2016. It'll be tough for this new version to reignite interest, but it has one thing going for it: a huge heart.

(Image credit: Eric Liebowitz/ABC)

In Junot Diaz's 'Islandborn,' A Curious Child Recreates Her Dominican Roots

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:00am

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new children's book follows Lola, a young Dominican-American who is "haunted by the fact that she was born on an island that she can't remember," Díaz says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dial Books for Young Readers)

A New Rail Line In Lahore May Damage Heritage Sites, Activists In Pakistan Warn

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 1:03pm

With help from China, Pakistan's government is building a 16-mile-long metro in Lahore to ease traffic. But it comes with a catch. It passes near many of the city's historical buildings.

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In 'No Turning Back,' The 'Epic' Journeys Of Four Syrians In Wartime

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

Journalist Rania Abouzeid has had a front-row view of the Syrian conflict since its beginning. Her new book tracks people through the six chaotic years following the first peaceful protests.

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Partition, Through A Child's Eyes, In 'The Night Diary'

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

Veera Hiranandani's new book is a coming of age story, for both her half-Muslim, half-Hindu heroine, 12-year-old Nisha, and Nisha's country — which is about to split into India and Pakistan.

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Here's How The Time's Up Legal Defense Fund Actually Works

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

The fund was created to help defray the legal costs for women who've been sexually harassed. It's kind of like a matchmaking service that pairs alleged victims with local attorneys.

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An Ode To Leftover Curry: The Next-Day Treasure Of Coastal India

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:00am

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, the reason behind kalchi koddi, a tasty staple of Goa.

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Nun Involved In Katy Perry Convent Lawsuit Collapses And Dies In Court

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 4:26pm

A sister involved in a years-long legal dispute with pop star Katy Perry over a sprawling 8-acre former convent died during a court proceeding related to the case Friday.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Economist Austan Goolsbee On Home Economics

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:16am

The former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama returns to the program for three questions about a different kind of economy.

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Novelist Peter Carey Confronts Dark History In 'A Long Way From Home'

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:07am

Carey says that as an Australian writer, he "couldn't not write" about Australia's mistreatment of its Aboriginal people. "This is the fundamental, bloody circumstance of my country," he says.

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One Final Road Trip Takes A 'Census' Of The Hurt In The World

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:07am

Jesse Ball's latest novel pairs a terminally ill man and his adult son, who has Down syndrome, in a mysterious hunt for information. Also, tattoos — they give out a lot of tattoos.

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'Children Of Blood And Bone' Is A Feast For Hungry Readers

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 6:00am

Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel is a fast-paced hero's quest through a rich, West-African-inspired fantasy world-- and a seamless mix of empowerment and rip-roaring storytelling.

(Image credit: Henry Holt and Co)

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