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Renata Adler, Taking A Buzzsaw To The 'Tall Timber'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:00am

This new volume collects some of the uncompromising writer's greatest hits, from her coverage of the march on Selma to Monica Lewinsky, and of course her famous takedown of film critic Pauline Kael.

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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:28am

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:26am

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

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Grandparent Movie Database

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:20pm

If grandparents ran IMDB, descriptions would sound like this: "He's that one in the Grabbed movies? He has a particular set of skills." Can you guess the actors by their slightly confused bios?

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Family Guy's Alex Borstein On Her Voice, Fans And New Gig On HBO

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:19pm

The Family Guy star explains the origins of Lois Griffin's voice, and discusses her new HBO show Getting On.

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Sex Advice Columnist Dan Savage Still Fresh After 20 Years

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

The gay activist, journalist, and sex advice columnist talks about the evolution of readers' questions, and dispels the notion of "normalcy" when it comes to dating.

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GGG

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

What do George Washington, egg nog and Ginger Rogers have in common? They're all part of the "3G" network. Contestants giggle, gaggle and Google their way to victory in this final round.

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Grandparent Movie Database

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

If grandparents ran IMDB, descriptions would sound like this: "He's that one in the Grabbed movies? He has a particular set of skills." Can you guess the actors by their slightly confused bios?

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Family Guy's Alex Borstein On Her Voice, Fans, And New Gig On HBO

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

The Family Guy star explains the origins of Lois Griffin's voice, and discusses her new HBO show Getting On.

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This That or The Other

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

Is Bluetooth a historical figure, a sci-fi villain or a tech startup? There's something for every kind of nerd in our Silicon Valley-themed "This, That or the Other."

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Pixar's Brad Bird Talks French Food, Animated Rats And New Film 'Tomorrowland'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

The Ratatouille creator describes the culinary process of planning for the film, and his early days as a writer for The Simpsons.

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Malady Melody

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

Sick of certain songs? This game features songs about being sick — we've rewritten their lyrics to be about the common illness in their titles. You give me fever!

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Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture Gets First US Show In Nearly 40 Years

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:28pm

Parviz Tanavoli's calligraphy-inspired figures helped revive sculpture as an art form in Iran. Now, Wellesley College's Davis Museum is giving American viewers a chance to see his work.

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Maya Angelou's 'Forever' Stamp Forever In Error

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm

A limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.

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Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews a film from Iran, about Iran — which hasn't been shown in Iran. It's called About Elly, and it's by director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation.

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Postal Service Slips Up With Special-Edition Stamp For Maya Angelou

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.

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'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:59pm

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.

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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:57pm

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.

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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:56pm

Brooke Borel's new book describes the history of bedbugs and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:48am

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.

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