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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:04pm

David wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. He says the idea came to his "twisted mind" when his friend's dad passed away.

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It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:43pm

Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

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'American Crime': An Ambitious And Inventive Drama With Miles To Go

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:57am

It's hard to predict where the complex American Crime might be headed, but it's led by terrific performances and it's tearing into some interesting issues.

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We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:47am

Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But creativity can take a big hit without a change of scenery.

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Exclusive First Read: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake'

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:03am

The Devil in the White City author Erik Larson turns his attention to the sinking of the liner Lusitania almost 100 years ago — a turning point that helped bring the United States into World War I.

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Montana's Almost Crowded Now, Thanks To The Colorful Characters Of 'Crow Fair'

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:03am

Thomas McGuane's new story collection gives us a large cast of Big Sky dreamers, schemers and down-and-outs. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says it's a fascinating portrait of the state — with bonus bears.

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John Ridley Explores Family, Race And Justice In TV's 'American Crime'

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:06am

The writer-director's new show, premiering Thursday on ABC, opens with the home invasion murder of a war veteran. We learn about the crime through characters diverse viewpoints.

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'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:13pm

Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix; John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama American Crime for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.

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Friends And Favors: 'High Maintenance' Creators Share Their Secret To Success

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:13pm

The web series centers on a pot dealer who bikes around Brooklyn delivering to clients. Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair say they drew on their experiences and friends' generosity to make the show.

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'Mindy' And The Little Story That Just Might Work

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:22pm

There are certain stories that very few shows can tell without falling on their faces. The Mindy Project may be able to beat those lousy odds.

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Black Bodies In White Words, Or: Why We Need Claudia Rankine

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:03am

Writer and photographer Syreeta McFadden says that when she's challenged to prove the existence of everyday racism, she directs friends, allies and enemies to Claudia Rankine's powerful Citizen.

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A Vivid Portrait Of Tudor Turmoil In 'Lamentation'

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:03am

The sixth volume of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake mysteries is set during the last days of England's King Henry VIII, as a potentially explosive religious manuscript written by his queen has gone missing.

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Rapper Jin Tries To Stretch His '15 Minutes' Of Fame

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:50am

In 2004, Jin was one of the first Asian-Americans to drop a major label rap album. One controversial song, "Learn Chinese," raised eyebrows. A decade later, he's trying to rephrase the message.

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Ishiguro's 'Buried Giant' Gets Lost In Its Own Fog

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:03am

Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is set in a mythical Arthurian England. But though the premise was promising, the book is too vague to make much of an impact.

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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:03am

Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life.

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A Life Examined — And Examined, And Examined In 'Ongoingness'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:03am

Writer Sarah Manguso has been a compulsive diarist since childhood; her new memoir documents the ways motherhood has changed her writing. Critic Heller McAlpin says it's full of lovely observations.

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Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The Idea From A Woman

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:36am

The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.

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Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new twist on a classic. It's a corn dog that uses funnel cake in place of corn meal to encase a hot dog.

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